International Religious Liberty

Jerusalem of the East The American Christians of Pyongyang, 1895-1942
Jerusalem of the East: The American Christians of Pyongyang, 1895-1942

North Korea, known for the totalitarian rule of Kim Il Sung’s family, once was the center of Christianity in Northeast Asia, its capital Pyongyang renowned as the “Jerusalem of the East.” This forgotten era has renewed relevance today as reports of underground Christianity come from North Korea and while the regime’s grip on society weakens.

Words Matter, the Right Words Matter Most
Words Matter, the Right Words Matter Most

“Radical Islam” points us in the wrong direction to identify the kind of Islam that motivates America’s enemies and is too vague to accomplish the defining and limiting that is needed for the grounding of expectations and the setting of strategy.

Heirs Forgotten Kingdoms
Beyond Islam, the Story of Disappearing Religions

Gerard Russell’s Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms shows how Islam is not the only religion in the Middle East while displaying the hidden life of centuries old religious communities.

Jesus in the land of Kim Jong-un
Jesus in the Land of Kim Jong-un

There is little incentive in this world for a North Korean to choose to follow Jesus. Yet 300,000 of them do so, and every last one lives dangerously close to martyrdom.

Faith and a Free Press, Under Assault
Faith and a Free Press, Under Assault

The earliest champions of a free press were not Enlightenment philosophes. They were dissenting Christians, most of them Protestants, battling the political and religious authoritarians of the day.

Vietnam
The Vietnam Syndrome, Revisited

The rueful lessons of the Vietnam War, especially their roots in the hubris of modern liberalism, remain largely forgotten.

Harry Wu
Harry Wu, a Friend of Freedom, Heads Home

Harry Wu fought the good fight and finished his leg of the race. The rest of us who believe in human freedom need to take the baton he carried.

Assyria
A Human Picture of Assyria

Juliana Taimoorazy gave an impromptu speech that painted a human picture of Assyria for those in the audience.

Apostasy Laws Lahore Pakistan
Reaping the Whirlwind of Apostasy Laws

Why do the Taliban believe they can impose their radical, Islamic ideology upon a nation of 182 million people? Because Pakistan, like other Muslim-majority states, enforces a legal regime that criminalizes apostasy.

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