Israeli military faces Druze uproar over Jewish nation law

By Aron Heller | Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military chief is pleading to keep politics out of the army amid rising protests by the Druze minority against a recently passed law that enshrines the state’s Jewish character and which critics say undermines its democratic ... Read More

China promoting flying of state flags at religious events

By Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Officially recognized faith groups in China are promoting the flying of national flags at religious events amid a push by the ruling Communist Party to extend its ideological control over religious life. Flying the flag would emphasize that the fates of the ... Read More

Bishops bloodied, churches besieged in Nicaragua crackdown

By Christopher Sherman | Associated Press DIRIAMBA, Nicaragua (AP) — A pro-government mob shoved, punched and scratched at Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes and other Catholic leaders as they tried to enter the Basilica San Sebastian. “Murderers!” people shouted. An auxiliary bishop was slashed on ... Read More

The World’s Next Religious Freedom Success Story: Uzbekistan?

By Morgan Lee | Christianity Today Uzbekistan is an unlikely poster child for religious freedom. Open Doors currently ranks the Central Asian nation as No. 16 on its 2018 list of the 50 countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian. The US State Department named Uzbekistan again this year as ... Read More

Trump Threatens Sanctions Against Turkey Over Detained Pastor

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump abruptly announced on Thursday that the United States would impose “large sanctions” on Turkey for detaining an American pastor accused of aiding a failed coup attempt there in 2016, escalating a bitter dispute ... Read More

Iranian pastor taken to Evin Prison after violent raid on home

By World Watch Monitor Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been taken to Evin Prison in the capital, Tehran, after a violent raid on his home in the northern city of Rasht on Sunday (22 July). The pastor was sentenced to ten years in prison in July of last year, alongside three members of his ... Read More

Stop the ‘weaponization’ of religion in Pakistani politics

By Johnnie Moore & Gayle Manchin | Religion News Service (RNS) — This week, as hundreds of religious leaders, nonprofit heads and government officials gather in Washington for the State Department’s first-ever ministerial on religious freedom, an election about to take place in Pakistan ... Read More

Uzbekistan’s religious liberty violations mount

by David Roach | Baptist Press TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (BP) — Two new requirements for religious organizations seeking government recognition in Uzbekistan are said to evidence the Central Asian nation’s continued restriction of religious liberty. Comprising five former Soviet ... Read More

Mobs are killing Muslims in India. Why is no one stopping them?

By Rana Ayyub | The Guardian On 17 July the supreme court of India condemned the epidemic of mob lynching in India, and asked the Indian parliament to draft legislation that would stop people from taking the law into their own hands. Within hours of the judgment, in the provincial state of ... Read More