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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