Posts tagged "religious freedom"

Analogue Media and the Politics of Print Nostalgia

Angela Zito:  The Bible as a book, printed, physically available for Christian devotion, remains a powerful and contested artifact in this digital age.  Just winding up its US tour, a traveling exhibition of the Bible in China—entitled “Thy Word is Truth: the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China”—might have slipped my notice....

Safe Words

Abby Ohlheiser: All the religious language of the last fortnight's Perry and Ames fest '11 (or should that be '12) made me click on this tweet (despite the parenthetical clue) without thinking for a second that it would be a comment on anything other than something Bachmann or Perry have talked about recently....

Crossings: Religion and the Politics of Memorials

Amy Levin: When the American Atheists group filed a lawsuit to oppose a 17-foot cross-shaped beam discovered in 9/11 wreckage to be placed in the World Trade Center Museum, I experienced a major flashback. The newborn controversy over the so-called World Trade Center Cross spewed an outburst of dialogue over religious equality and the...

The Chinese Church

The Christian Century reports that China's Minister of State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuo'an, is in Nairobi for a visit with the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya to "enhance the relationship between the Anglican Church, the Global South Anglican Communion and the Chinese church."

After Bin Laden, A Call for Religious Freedom

"In short, every place where Osama bin Laden fled had either perpetrated or tolerated world-class violations of religious freedom and other human rights." -- Leonard Leo and Don Argue at The Hill

Not Another Iran

One storyline that’s making the rounds in the wake of ongoing protests in Egypt is that an applicable comparison can be made to Iran’s “green revolution” of 1979.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali has an op-ed in today’s New York Times titled, “Get Ready for the Muslim Brotherhood” that states as much, warning the U.S. that it...

Islamophobia:
Stoking Fears about an American Community

by Joshua M. Z. Stanton When John F. Kennedy was running for president in 1960, fear-mongers raised the specter of his dual loyalty. Would he really serve American interests or merely be a pawn for the Vatican? After all, he was a Catholic. Church doctrine, it was whispered, could co-opt the person designated to uphold America’s...

Religious Studies in Illinois

An excerpt from the letter that Dr. Kenneth J. Howell sent to his University of Illinois "Introduction to Catholicism" students in preparation for a test, below.  After a student anonymously complained that the letter constituted "hate speech," Dr. Howell was removed from his position.  Alliance Defense Fund has taken up a law suit...

Praying For Prayer’s Sake
On the National Day of Prayer

by Scott Korb Listen to Scott, contributing editor to The Revealer, talk about the National Day of Prayer on BBC4's "Sunday." As defenders of the National Day of Prayer will tell you, George Washington called for our first day of prayer in 1789: “That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our...

Know Your Audience (If Not the Story)

In the wake of the U.S. State Department’s report on worldwide religious freedom, which once again condemned Saudi Arabia as a severe violator of religious liberty that only allowed citizens to follow the state-sanctioned version of Sunni Islam, comes the story of a Saudi teacher convicted for classroom irreverence, and given a sentence of three...

U.S. “particularly unconcerned” with Uzbekistan

Jason Carter: Declining a recommendation by the Commission on International Religious Freedom, the State Department did not include Uzbekistan on its annual list of countries guilty of severe religious oppression. A Reuters article in The New York Times outlined the United States’ rocky relationship with Uzbekistan over the stationing of U.S. troops there. The piece...