International Religious Liberty

Frontlines or Sidelines for America’s Values?
Frontlines or Sidelines for America’s Values?

After reading Secretary Tillerson’s recent address, which tried to explain how “this administration’s policies of ‘America first’ fit into our foreign policy,” I am struck not so much by Tillerson’s attempt to decouple American interests and ideals, but by the chasm separating this speech from one given more than 75 years ago.

When Blasphemy Runs Amok
When Blasphemy Runs Amok

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama’s (Ahok) case in Indonesia amply illustrates the dangers of blasphemy accusations, and not only to those accused.

Trump Should Use Egypt Bombings as Occasion for New Policy on Protecting Middle Eastern Minorities
Trump Should Use Egypt Bombings as Occasion for New Policy Protecting Middle Eastern Minorities

Despite repeated assurances from President Sisi to protect the country’s large Coptic minority, his government appears unwilling or unable to actually deliver on his promises.

Slovakia’s New Religious Registration Law is a Step in the Wrong Direction
Slovakia’s New Religious Registration Law is a Step in the Wrong Direction

Slovakia’s new religious registration law violates the collective aspect of religious freedom by erecting barriers to religious groups’ registration and performance of their basic functions.

2017 Year of Anniversaries Martin Luther Reformation Balfour Declaration Six Day War Israel
2017: A Year of Anniversaries

In 2017, there are three anniversaries that are of particular interest to me as a Christian and as a Christian who supports Israel.

How the Trump Administration Can Support Christians in the Middle East
How the Trump Administration Can Support Christians in the Middle East

Amidst global convulsions, one affected group remains relatively powerless and largely ignored: Middle Eastern Christians.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump: Pressure Pakistan to Release Asia Bibi
An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump: Pressure Pakistan to Release Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, was sentenced to death for blasphemy after a dispute with her Muslim coworkers. She drank from the same water source they did.

Book Review Mindy Belz They Say We Are Infidels A People of No Strategic Importance: Middle East Christians & the Disregard of the Foreign Policy Elite
A People of No Strategic Importance

No one who reads They Say We Are Infidels by World Magazine editor Mindy Belz should ever doubt Christians are victims of ISIS genocide.

Will the US Uphold or Abandon Vietnam Religious Freedom
Will the U.S. Uphold or Abandon Religious Freedom in Vietnam?

Vietnam experts at Hudson Institute event argue that the U.S. should hold Vietnam accountable for religious freedom violations.