Former USCIRF staffer charges Muslim bias

WASHINGTON (RNS) A former staffer of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has filed suit against the watchdog agency, saying it reneged on giving her a job as an analyst because she was Muslim and had worked for a Muslim advocacy group. By Adelle M. Banks.

View Post

Is Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng pro-life?

(RNS) During the dramatic diplomatic negotiations over blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, anti-abortion groups in the U.S. hailed Chen as one of their own. But Chen is now in the U.S., and he may not be as ``pro-life'' as some of his American supporters assumed. By David Gibson.

Activists gather to plot defense of 'religious liberty'

WASHINGTON (RNS) From Southern Baptist leader Richard Land to Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, the consensus at a high-profile conservative summit on "religious liberty" is that the Obama administration has it out for religious people. By Lauren Markoe.

GUEST COMMENTARY: HHS doesn't speak for me, or many women

(RNS) In the propaganda surrounding the Obama administration's contraception mandate, the Department of Health and Human Services seems to suggest that women’s only stake in the matter is "free" contraception.  This is a shallow -- and frankly demeaning -- view of women. By Helen Alvare.

Pope meets with Fidel Castro, urges more freedom

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called for more religious freedom for the Catholic Church on his last day in communist Cuba. Around 300,000 people turned up for a papal Mass in Revolution Square in Havana, just before an unscheduled but much-anticipated meeting with Fidel Castro. By Alessandro Speciale.