• Egypt Reinstates Hate Preaching against Non-Muslims

    Egypt’s leading authorities have reinstated a notoriously “radical” cleric and hate preacher to the pulpit (minbar), despite strong opposition. According to Arab Weekly, “The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments, which controls the mosques, gave Yasser Burhami, the deputy head... Read more
  • From DC to Mecca, Should ‘Human Dignity’ Be the New ‘Religious Freedom’?

    In his opening remarks at the second US Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo challenged every major world religion and secular society—and also invited them in. “We all agree that fighting so that each person is free to believe, free to assemble, and to... Read more
  • Catholic woman with schizophrenia being held for blasphemy in Indonesia

    A mentally ill woman who identified herself as a Catholic is being held for blasphemy in Indonesia after an incident last week in which she brought a dog to a mosque and did not remove her shoes inside. The woman, who has a schizophrenia diagnosis, was arrested on July 2 for blaspheming... Read more
  • How Britain failed Asia Bibi

    At last, Asia Bibi is free. Six months after her acquittal on a trumped-up charge of blasphemy, the Pakistani government has confirmed that she has left the country. After nearly a decade behind bars, awaiting execution, she is now in Canada – where last week, for the first time since her... Read more
  • Can the Brits Define ‘Islamophobia’?

    What criticisms of Muslims can be censured, sanctioned, or prosecuted? What kind of statements will we deem Islamophobic? The debate is starting to happen in the United Kingdom, and it will surely happen soon in American universities, corporations, and perhaps our legislatures. We ought to start... Read more
  • Another Sunday Church Attack in Burkina Faso Kills Six

    For the second time since Easter, a church in Burkina Faso has suffered a terrorism attack during Sunday services. This time, the target was a Catholic church in Dablo, where the priest and five worshipers were killed. This prompted a series of déjà vu headlinesamong global media outlets as... Read more
  • Asia Bibi Finally Leaves Pakistan for Canada

    Asia Bibi has finally escaped the country where her life was at risk for nearly a decade. The Pakistani Christian will join her family in Canada, according to reports from media and her lawyer. In Pakistan’s most-watched persecution case, Bibi spent more than eight years in prison on... Read more
  • Egyptian Family Weathers the Storm of Blasphemy

    A blasphemy charge changes everything. “We didn’t feel safe anymore, I was scared for my sons, you can feel that all the people around you want to kill you or throw you out of the village,” recalled Maria. “It was a time in which we felt we are weakened and broken.” Maria used... Read more
  • Report: “11 Christians Killed Every Day for Their Faith”

    Last year, Christians were persecuted more than ever in the modern era—and this year is expected to be worse: “4,136 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons,” says Open Doors USA in its recently published World Watch List 2019 of the top 50 nations where Christians are... Read more
  • The drama of Kazakh Muslims in China: imprisoned, tortured, silenced

    As many or most who served in a representative capacity for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), I had an opportunity to visit Kazakhstan. It is a beautiful and ambitious country, very much active in the OSCE. I met the country’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who... Read more