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Religious Freedom

True freedom isn’t as simple as the slogans, patriotic songs and political rhetoric would suggest. You must be willing to defend those who differ from you if you support it. That’s why some have lost their taste for freedom. […] Read More

Many persecuted and marginalized groups, including people of faith, are affected by the constitutional law of their nations. A new resource compiles what 180 nations’ constitutions say about religion, belief, faith and conscience. […] Read More

Baptists as a whole have had a mixed record of defending human rights. Many tend to be vulnerable to the danger of being so grateful for their religious freedom that they won’t rock the boat and defend human rights. […] Read More

Through his role at the World Evangelical Alliance, a Baptist leader from Lebanon is working to promote and protect religious freedom for all. […] Read More

A group of Radical Reformers, known as Anabaptists, found themselves facing a penalty of death at the hands of the Protestant government in Zurich, Switzerland, during the 16th century. Escaping their death sentence, Anabaptists fled to the foothills of the Alps. […] Read More

Nationalistic tendencies contributed to a noticeable increase in government restriction on religious freedom in 2016, according to a Pew Research Center report released on June 21. Of the 198 nations assessed, 28 percent (55 nations) were deemed to have “high” or “very high” government restrictions on religious faith and practice – a 3 percent increase […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on travelers entering the U.S. from certain majority-Muslim countries demonstrates the paradox between security and freedom. On the one hand, the court’s decision followed precedent allowing for broad presidential powers when it comes to national security. On the other hand, the decision seemed to […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker at Masterpiece Cakeshop, on June 4, 2018. In a 7-2 judgment, the justices weighed the merits of this specific case, ruling that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause. They did not, however, decide that all business owners with […] Read More

Jesus understood that freedom and truth go hand in hand. In John 8:31-32, Jesus taught his disciples that the “truth will set you free.” Where there is no truth, there is no freedom. And this is true “on earth as it is in heaven.” On earth, the Declaration of Independence set the United States apart […] Read More

Religious freedom has continued to deteriorate in many nations over the past year, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) annual report for 2018 released on April 25. “This ongoing downward trend often intersected with authoritarian practices characterized by hostility toward dissent, pluralism, independent media and active civil society, or took place […] Read More