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CELEBRATIONS/ Philpott:Dignitatis Humanae at 50


This coming December, a major conference in Rome will commemorate Dignitatis Humanae by looking at how Christian communities around the world respond to persecution. By DANIEL PHILPOTT

Religious freedom is an issue of burning relevance, that is still subjected today to innumerable attacks. The attack on the public presence of religion in the society is yet not limited to dictatorial states, but is affecting democratic societies as well in the name of a misunderstood neutrality of the State.


RELIGIOUS FREEDOM/ Need for “Sufficiently Profound Responses” to Religion-Related Violence

In his 2015 report, Heiner Bielefeltd, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, focuses on “Preventing violence committed in the name of religion.” By JENNIFER BRYSON


RELIGIOUS FREEDOM/ Fr. Araujo: Indiana’s RFRA Act

The Indiana’s RFRA Act does not impose on the non-believer or someone who adheres to some other faith. It protects the claimant who is exercising a Constitutional right. By Fr. ROBERT ARAUJO


RELIGION/ Bryson: Austria’s Troubling Quran Law

Austria’s attempt to mandate a single German translation of the Quran reflects ignorance about Islam and the factors contributing to violent extremism. By JENNIFER BRYSON


US/ Prof. Bradley: Religious Liberty at a Crossroads?

Religious exemptions - as in the US religious liberty law - witness to the value of religion as a transcendent good and not about personal idiosyncrasies. By Gerard Bradley


SCOTUS/ Winters: About the Hobby Lobby Decision

MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS comments on the Hobby Lobby case and points out the risk that the Supreme Court's decision, while protecting religious freedom, entails the privatization of religion


HOBBY LOBBY/A Decision Upholding American Ideals of Freedom

The Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases rests on an important part of the American experience: the defense of religious freedom. Sr. MARY ANN WALSH


RELIGIOUS LIBERTY/ Rick Garnett: "Bigotry" v. "Sincerely held religious belief"

RICHARD GARNETT, Notre Dame University, examines the issue of religious liberty in the light of the recently vetoed Arizona RFRA proposal and, more generally, of antidiscrimination laws


RELIGIOUS FREEDOM / Shahid Mobeen: This is how schools in Pakistan teach hatred of Christians

In this interview SHAHID MOBEEN, professor at the Pontifical Lateran University, recounts his experience in Pakistani schools and examples of discrimination against Christians


RELIGIOUS FREEDOM/ Fontolan: First marginalized, then eliminated

There are two essential aspects of religious freedom. The freedom to profess one's faith, in private and in public, and the freedom to participate in public life. By ROBERTO FONTOLAN


REPORT 2012/ U.S. Government Singles Out Egypt for Worsening Religious Freedom

EDWARD PENTIN (Terrasanta News) comments on the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report, and on the warning the US government has given about the worsening situation in Egypt


ISLAM/ Hulsman: Reciprocity is needed in treating churches in Turkey with mosques in Greece

CORNELIS HULSMAN, Director of the Arab-West Report, comments on the re-opening of a mosque in Thessaloniki, pointing out the need for reciprocity in treating closed churches in Turkey


US/ Our First Right: Religious Liberty

America’s founding documents assume an implicitly religious anthropology—an idea of human nature, nature’s God, and natural rights—that many of our leaders no longer share. CHARLES CHAPUT


PAKISTAN/ Minister Bhatti: I want to organize a global conference on the persecution of ...

Member of the Pakistani government PAUL BHATTI comments on the situation of Christians in Pakistan using case studies, and on his proposal for a global conference on religious freedom.


UK/ Religious freedom falls on increasingly frosty ground

AUSTEN IVEREIGH discusses the state of religious freedom in the UK, including recent court decisions that could discriminate against Christians in the work place.