In God's Name
An excellent article discussing Pakistan’s unfortunate focus on blasphemy laws and the ongoing ability of extremists to use blaspheme charges to punish religious minorities
Church founded by St David pupil to hold final service
From 583 to 2022 but the little church is down to 2 worshippers
Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015. | Courtesy of ADF International.
Finnish MP wins on all charges in major free speech trial
All charges against Finnish , MP Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Pohjola are unanimously dismissed following high-profile free speech trial. The former Finnish Minister of the Interior, faced three criminal charges for sharing her faith.
Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t
Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t if they don’t contact their MPs
Iraqi Christian Murdered after Sharing Her Faith on TikTok
An Iraqi woman who recently converted from Islam to Christianity was found murdered on March 7 after she posted a TikTok video about her new faith, according to a religious liberty watchdog.
ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner Harassed at Yale Law School Event
Campuses are becoming places of repression rather than education. Even the supposedly ‘top’ of schools are no longer able to guarantee basics such as freedom of speech.
Time to Challenge Compelled Speech?
We have an interesting article discussing the (relatively) new phenomenon of ‘compelled speech’. An increasing number of educational institutions have adopted political statements that they require employees and prospective employees to agree to.
Religious Liberty Tested in Finland
A very comprehensive and compelling analysis of freedom of speech issues in Finland and the EU sphere as former Minister of the government of Finland has been tried on freedom of speech issues, even after the police recommended charges be dismissed.
The last 6 weeks - three key reflections
These are observations of someone I know well who felt compelled to write about events as they happened. The first is the convoy on its way to Ottawa, the second is a faith perspective, the third looks at weak leadership to threats.
Evangelicalism & Brazil: The religious movement that spread through a national team
It was derby day in Belo Horizonte, but that wouldn't change anything. Joao Leite believed he had a mission assigned to him by Jesus Christ: to spread God's word among other football players.
Evangelical pastor murdered, doubts shroud attribution to Maoists
Indian officials respond to death of Christian pastor who had been threatened by Hindutva groups, “Must be the Maoists….’
Provinces across China work to implement internet restrictions
Governments have so much capacity to regulate that what is way over the top today is more easily applied tomorrow. And the Chinese Communist government has been aggressively marketing its repressive measures around the world.
Family Sprayed with Acid for Leaving Islam
Every person should have the right to believe, to change their belief and to live out their beliefs but it’s not that simple when some believe that they have the right to kill those of other faiths
UZBEKISTAN: Raids, searches, detentions, fines, criminal investigations
Muslims targeted with raids, house searches, detentions, arrests, administrative punishments and criminal investigations by Uzbekistan government in ongoing campaign
As civil war rages, ruling junta destroys about a hundred religious buildings
Myanmar military government continues its assault on various provinces, focusing on destroying houses of worship.
Pakistan - Calls for removing discrimination from Constitution
An activist writing on the need to the parliament of Pakistan to remove minority biases and discrimination in the constitution.
Petitions calling for restrictions on Myanamar
The Burmese/Myanamar military continues to rule the country. Here are a couple of petitions calling for increased pressure on the Burmese government by restricting their oil and gas revenues?
Statement on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The International Religious Freedom of Belief Alliance is gravley concern with hostility toward the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in a range of countries.
Muslim Leader Calls for ‘Honest Reckoning’ With Islamist Antisemitism After Synagogue Attack
American Muslim & Multifaith Women’s Empowerment Council (AMMWEC) President Anila Ali calls out CAIR leaders for taking positions that inflame antiSemitism
Africa - CSW continues to draw attention to the attacks on the Tigray people
Christian Solidarity Worldwide report highlighting another little know conflict – Eritirean and Ethiopian governments going after a small people’s group.
Finland Persues Charges Against Member of Parliament for Expressing Her Faith View
Ongoing case of Finland legislator being persecuted for her faith perspectives and communication of it
The trucker convoy across this nation is bringing people together in a way that nothing else has in the past decade. We see some governments beginning, just barely beginning, to acknowledge that the last year’s COVID restrictions are not working.
Social Media's Role in Attack on Minorities in the Middle East
Colleagues of mine are involved in a variety of projects. Here’s a video of the Anti-Defamation League Task Force on Middle East Minorities webinar, “Inciting and Enabling the Mob: Social Media’s Role in Attacks on Minorities in the Middle East.”
Pakistani Christian man imprisoned 4 years on false blasphemy charges is granted bail
Even being given bail in Pakistan does not mean the ordeal is over for those charged with blasphemy. In fact, sometimes it means more danger.
Chinese Government Relentless in separating famlies to punish human rights defenders
One more illustration why the Chinese Communist government is not fit to be part of the broader international committee. Tragic story of one more family destroyed.