religious persecution

Trump is right: It’s moral and legal to prioritize persecuted Christians

By Johnnie Moore — February 7, 2017
(RNS) For far too long, our country has not done enough to help religious minorities in the Middle East via safe zones or refugee resettlement.

US religious freedom envoy blasts campaign rhetoric against Muslims

By Rosie Scammell — December 11, 2015
ROME (RNS) During a trip to Rome for a conference on Christian persecution, David Saperstein, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, did not cite Donald Trump by name but took aim at recent controversial comments by presidential candidates.

Christians thrown overboard by Obama (COMMENTARY)

By Kirsten Powers — April 22, 2015
President Obama just can't seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace.

Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?

By Jonathan Merritt — January 7, 2015
(RNS) Muslim extremists are the primary drivers of Christian persecution worldwide.

Pope Francis charges cardinals to oppose ‘any discrimination’

By David Gibson — February 22, 2014
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Retired Pope Benedict XVI was also at the ceremony, his first public appearance since he resigned the papacy a year ago.

Congress pushes for release of American pastor imprisoned in Iran

By Katherine Burgess — November 21, 2013
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Iranian government sentenced Abedini to eight years in prison after convicting him of “undermining” the government by spreading his religious beliefs.

Study: Religious oppression rises despite Arab Spring

By Lauren Markoe — June 20, 2013
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of countries in the region with sectarian or communal violence between religious groups doubled from five to 10 during 2011, a year that coincided with most of the political uprisings of Arab Spring.

Petition fails in support of Indonesian atheist

By Kimberly Winston — August 16, 2012

(RNS) What was supposed to be a slamdunk for nontheists has become a slap in the face as a petition on behalf of a jailed Indonesian atheist failed to attract even one-third of the signatures it needed to gain White House attention. By Kimberly Winston.

Refugee defies deportation, seeks sanctuary at church

By Tracy Gordon — March 5, 2012

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (RNS) Facing a deportation order, Saul Timisela has instead sought sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, where the pastor is trying to save 80 Indonesian refugees who fled their country to escape religious persecution more than a decade ago. By Bob Considine.

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