Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a measured, political, some might say meaningless response to the Rohingya question at the International Media Conference in Yangon. Are political pressures tarnishing the legacy of this human rights icon?
Google’s playful primary colors, quirky Doodles and whimsical office spaces are outward expressions of the company’s “Don’t be evil” motto. But the real work Googlers do trying to uphold that mantra for free expression and religious freedom goes far beyond flash.
Katrina Lantos Swett, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, says religious liberty is a canary in the coal mine, one we ignore at our own peril.
Katy Perry destroys “Allah” in a music video, then dissolves the incident completely amid backlash. Brunei bans non-Muslims from using “Allah” and 18 other holy words. And Tom DeLay tells us Allah, A.K.A. God, wrote the Constitution. S/he just never got around to signing it.
We often hear about religious freedom in the context of human rights and national security. Brian J. Grim, founding president of the new Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, argues that religious freedom is just as important for mom and pop shops and global economies.
If ongoing discrimination against women is any indication, houses of worship that discriminate against same-sex couples looking to marry probably won’t lose their tax-exempt status anytime soon. But should they? Join the debate.
Valentine’s Day courts controversy in Tajikistan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Indonesia. A flurry of states debate same-sex love and marriage. And a publisher in India pulls a prominent book on Hinduism after religious feelings are hurt. Don’t go breaking my heart.
Mormon missionaries are using the web like never before, but what happens when they come across potential converts in countries where proselytizing and changing religions is both dangerous and illegal?
Big-name authors are protesting Russia’s blasphemy and anti-gay laws. More French Jews are migrating to Israel amid rising anti-Semitism. And an Aussie comic who resembles Jesus is stirring up controversy with his Come Heckle Christ show.