"Religious freedom" is an easy rallying call for western democracies. Most Americans hear the term and think, "fine by me." Not Northwestern University’s Elizabeth Shakman Hurd. In this Q&A, she argues that America’s religious freedom outreach efforts may do more harm than good.
Blasphemy rights and wrongs. A religious group in Kansas tries to censor a sexting statue. And the British government is sued for feeding Muslim inmates pork-laced pies.
A New Yorker who recently penned an erotic version of the Bible woke up last week to find “BLASPHMY” spray painted across his front step. From Piss Christ to elephant dung Mary, here’s a look at 12 artworks that have been silenced or destroyed for exploring “blasphemous” themes.
Iran’s president picks up the phone. The archbishop of Canterbury condemns recent attacks on Christian “martyrs.” And German Protestants get frisky in the pews.
Advocates enter the church-state debate at Religion Newswriters Association’s pre-conference in Austin, Texas.
“The Book of Mormon” star discusses how members of the LDS Church reacted to his on-stage portrayal of a gay Mormon character and shares his thoughts on bridging the divide between gay rights and religious freedom in a post-DOMA world.
Welcome back to the Religious Freedom Recap, our weekly look at top stories and developments on religious liberty around the globe.
In our first On Freedom country profile, Brian Pellot looks at the state of religious liberty in Malaysia.
Welcome to the Religious Freedom Recap, our weekly look back at the top stories and developments on religious liberty around the world.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' new religious freedom resources emphasize interfaith dialogue and cooperation. But where do nonbelievers fit in? And should we be free to criticize others' faiths?
Welcome to the first installment of Religious Freedom Roundup, our weekly recap of top stories and developments on freedom of religion around the world.
Who better to discuss religious freedom than the man tasked with promoting and defending it for the United Nations?
In our new blog On Freedom, RNS's director of global strategy and religious freedom editor Brian Pellot explores religious liberty in the U.S. and around the world.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department's new point man on religious engagement is a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington and a former adviser to President Obama's campaign and other Democrats on outreach to religious voters.
(RNS) South Sudan's independence is praised as good for political reasons. But Christians in the north say they are being persecuted. Several churches in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, have been destroyed and others closed down.