Religious Freedom News Clippings

With the advancement of social media, the internet news allows us to see the immediate effects of religious intolerance. Suicide bombings, attacks on individuals, and recent debates on the role of religion in society spotlight that this is an issue for many countries.

Please note that the news clippings listed here and the religions they represent are not exhaustive but will grow as we add more articles. If have a link to a story that you would like us to consider including on this page, please email it to us at


Brunson freed, permitted to leave country

By World Watch Monitor Andrew Brunson, the American-born pastor who was charged with espionage against Turkey and held in custody for two years, has been released and is free to leave the country. A Turkish court on Friday, 12 October, convicted ... Full Article

INDONESIA: Three Churches Closed Over Permits

By Voice of the Martyrs Authorities on the Indonesian island of Sumatra closed three churches on September 27th, stating that they lack the necessary permits. Church leaders, however, argue that the closures relate instead to restlessness among ... Full Article

Islamic State executes another Druze hostage

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide CSW is deeply saddened by news that Islamic State (IS, Daesh) terrorists have executed another Druze hostage in Syria. Footage of the execution was released on 2 October. The victim, Thuraya Abou Ammar, 25, was ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Fr. Raymond J. de Souza

Father Raymond J. de Souza Editor-in-Chief of Father Raymond J. de Souza serves as Editor-in-Chief of, Chaplain of Newman House at Queen’s University, and as Pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Wolfe Island, ... Full Article