By Farahnaz Ispahani
Pakistan’s treatment of its religious minorities has attracted global condemnation for years. Aware that the world sees Pakistan as insecure for religious minorities, Pakistan’s leaders are now engaging in symbolic gestures of concern for minorities after years of appealing just to majority sentiment. But positive gestures such as Muslim politicians attending Diwali celebrations alongside Hindus or showing up at Christian Christmas events has done little to abate the wave of extremism that has progressively endangered all of Pakistan’s minorities.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/3/14/symbolic-gestures-not-enough-for-pakistans-minorities
By: Paul Marshall
On March 9, Indonesians witnessed a solar eclipse—in some areas, a total eclipse. This spectacular event excited pretty well everybody, but was of particular import for not only scientists but also the country’s majority Muslim population, for whom such heavenly occasions are a call to worship and prayer.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/26/habits-of-the-heart-in-bali
By: Faizan Mustafa
Julio Riberio, former director-general of the police of Punjab, said, “Today in the 86th year, I feel threatened, not wanted, reduced to a stranger in my own country. The same category of citizens who had put their trust in me to rescue them from a force they could not comprehend have now come out of woodwork to condemn me for practising a religion that is different from theirs. I am not an Indian anymore, at least in the eyes of the proponents of Hindu Rashtra.” Many prominent members of religious minorities and liberal Hindus feel the same way today.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/19/freedom-of-religious-in-india-current-challenges
By: Aminta Arrington
I had only vague notions of religious freedom before I went to India. Of course, being in the majority makes one prone to vagueness, making visits and relationships out of one’s own powerful context an essential education. As I got into the specifics of what religious freedom means for religious minorities in India, here are a few things I learned.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/an-education-in-religious-freedom
By: Paul Rowe
The fifth-century City of God, written by Augustine, is a classic theological exploration of the interaction of church and state. It is often overlooked that Augustine wrote the book as a defense of Christian civil institutions in a pluralist environment. The occasion of its writing was the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410. Roman pagans accused Christians of bringing on the fall of Rome by undermining its martial virtues and angering the gods. In modern terms, the Christians were divisive and unpatriotic. Their practices had disturbed public order. Their proselytizing and way of life had brought on Rome’s fall.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/the-city-of-god-and-the-city-of-joy