RSVP for this April 16 event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. We’ll be speaking about how freedom of religion or belief factor into governments’ foreign policy agendas and what role media outlets play in shaping and navigating debate.
An Indian state bans the sale and possession of beef. Tanzanians murder “witches” accused of murdering “magical albinos.” And Ireland nearly outlaws straight marriage, on accident. Who needs April Fools’ Day when reality is this strange?
Comedian Trevor Noah was “born a crime” to a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father in the final years of South Africa’s apartheid regime. At that time, officials classified him as “colored,” a label and identity still common here today.
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.