Tag: Religious Freedom

Estonian Government Suddenly Speaks of Heresy
Religion and Politics

Estonian Government Suddenly Speaks of Heresy Pressure Continues on the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate

In early May, Estonian Interior Minister Lauri Läänemets met with representatives of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (EOC-MP) and shortly thereafter gave an interview to the ERR news channel in which he stated that he had given them a way out of the predicament created by the Russian leadership’s war against Ukraine,…

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Hagia Sophia and the Challenge of Religious Freedom
Culture and Arts, Religion and Politics, Uncategorized

Hagia Sophia and the Challenge of Religious Freedom

ελληνικά | српски Christian leaders and secular governments around the world have condemned, with good reason, the recent decision of a Turkish court to reconvert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Indeed, this ruling is just the latest step in a century-long effort by the Turkish government to erase both the history and presence of Christianity…

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Government Report Highlights Policy Priorities for Middle Eastern Christians
Documents, Religion and Politics

Government Report Highlights Policy Priorities for Middle Eastern Christians

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released its 2020 Annual Report. As Christian persecution intensifies across the globe, the report provides much needed data and findings from high-persecution regions, such as the Middle East. Importantly, it also recommends the worst violators of religious freedom at the governmental level to the Department…

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On Religious Freedom, Is Russia the Next Saudi Arabia?
Religion and Politics

On Religious Freedom, Is Russia the Next Saudi Arabia?

As Donald Trump’s newly-minted administration struggles to adhere to a concise foreign policy, an independent commission has thrown yet another cog in its long-lost dream of a productive relationship with the “very smart” Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a recently released annual report issued by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)—an independent…

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