Governments pursue counterterrorism policies that restrict religious rights in the misguided belief that effectively combatting terrorism requires the limiting or suspending of freedoms like religious liberty.
History teaches, and many studies confirm, that religiously restrictive counterterrorism policies which discriminate against entire religious groups work at cross purposes with the desired goal of effectively combatting terrorism.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/6/27/a-necessary-step-examining-religious-freedom-and-counterterrorism
By: Fr. Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
The state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening in both the depth and breadth of violations. The blatant assaults have become so frightening—attempted genocide, the slaughter of innocents, and wholesale destruction of places of worship—that less egregious abuses go unnoticed or at least unappreciated. Many observers have become numb to violations of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/4/26/uscirfs-annual-reportrising-tide-of-religious-freedom-abuses-abroad
By Kent Hill
How have Christians in Iraq and Syria responded to the persecution, conflict, and anarchy, and why have they chosen which response? Why one response is chosen over another is invariably a complicated and sometimes mysterious interplay between that which they can control and that which they cannot. At different times, different responses are called for.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/4/17/christian-persecution-in-the-midst-of-chaos-the-cauldron-of-iraq-and-syria
By Christian Van Gorder
As we approach the Easter holiday it is not only time to celebrate our faith but also to honor our sisters and brothers who risk so much to stand for their faith in many nations around the world. This past week when I read about Christian churches being attacked in Egypt I had to ask myself the same question that you might have asked yourself: Would I attend a church service if attending might cost me my life or the life of one of my children? This question is not a theoretical one in many places around the world and this should give all of us a deeper sense of perspective about how precious our faith really is for all of us.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/4/15/prison-credentials-a-reflection-for-easter-2017
By Rasheed Reno and Qassim Rashid
The candidacy of Donald Trump for president has been a wild ride full of unprecedented activities and positions taken by a presidential candidate. Barely a day goes by that Trump doesn’t make the news headlines with another shocking statement that keeps the press and pundits talking and confounds Republican leadership as they struggle to try and keep him within reasonable boundaries. It is not just his numerous character flaws that have pushed them away, but it is his positions that have drawn the most opposition. Not the least of these are his view related to religious minorities and their rights.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/22/the-trump-candidacy-a-foreshadow-of-a-trump-presidency