In May 2012, Malaysia’s religious authorities raided a bookstore and confiscated “Allah, Liberty and Love.” A store manager was charged for selling the “banned” book, which was only banned six days after the raid. Three years later and she’s still being hounded.
Jail time and hard labor for sharing an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is a shocking violation of free speech. In Myanmar, I’m far from shocked.
The Dalai Lama says he won’t be reincarnated in China if Tibet is not free and that no one (cough…China) can choose his successor “for political ends.” Now who’s being political?
On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit declared Missouri’s 2012 House of Worship Protection Act unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds for its subjective ban on “profane discourse,” and “rude or indecent behavior.” Good call.
From the Middle East to Japan, satirists are standing up to the Islamic State with humor, wit and irreverence. These videos, cartoons and tweets are as silly as they are powerful, showing ISIS we won’t submit to its threat-based censorship.
Cold, short February was jam-packed with some mega atrocities on the religious freedom front. Count your lucky stars it’s March, and hope for a better month ahead.
Obscuring or omitting the very controversy that makes a story newsworthy–be it a Charlie Hebdo cover or the Washington Redskins’ name–does great disservice to our readers.
Advocacy and religious groups have rushed to condemn Copenhagen, Charlie Hebdo and Chapel Hill using rehashed boilerplates of their mission statements. Absent new information or productive solutions, these generic missives amount to self-serving press releases unworthy of our time.