Religious Freedom

Articles

May 5, 2003

Protestants in the Swiss canton of Zurich have made a public apology for the persecution during the 16th century Reformation era of a radical Christian movement called Anabaptists, whose present-day successors include many Mennonites and the Amish community in North America.

At a...

March 7, 2003

A delegation from the World Council of Churches met with leaders of the military government in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to express concern over the treatment of the Christian minority in the predominantly Buddhist nation.

General Khin Nyunt assured the delegation that Christians 'will...

February 13, 2003

A US government advisory group is investigating freedom of religion in Russia following the leak of a Russian government report that suggested Roman Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and new religious movements threaten national security. The document, leaked in December, was a draft drawn up by...

February 6, 2003

Some Christians are aghast at possible legislation that could force churches in Britain to keep atheists or even Satanists on their staff.

The Equal Treatment Directive, a piece of European Union legislation that Britain plans to adopt later this year, bans employment discrimination on...

November 20, 2002

On a pastoral visit to Pakistan, a delegation from the World Council of Churches listened to chilling stories describing the recent spate of violence against Christians in that heavily Islamic nation. The delegation visited Karachi and Lahore to express solidarity with the frightened Christian...

October 15, 2002

A State Department report on religious freedom worldwide has cited continuing repression in Iraq and China--and mentioned five other countries where believers are persecuted.

The report, released October 7, says that Iraq has desecrated Shiite Muslim mosques and holy sites, disrupted...

July 9, 2002

World Council of Churches General Secretary Konrad Raiser has told the Sudanese government to end its policy of political exclusion and social injustice.

Raiser, who is on a July 1-16 pastoral visit to the Greater Horn of Africa and Tanzania, expressed his concerns during a July 2...

October 2, 2001

Soldiers were needed to quell skirmishes in the central Nigerian city of Jos where ethnic and religious conflict has claimed hundreds of lives. Houses, churches and automobiles were burned and it is estimated that 300 people might have died in the clashes between Muslims and Christians in early...

October 26, 1998

By unanimous votes, Congress has approved a bill that wouldallow the United States to respond when persons in other countries are persecuted for their religious beliefs. To become law, the document now needs only the signature of President Bill Clinton, who has declared he would sign it.

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September 29, 1998

Dear Members of the House and Senate:

I have recently returned from a once-a-decade meeting of all Anglican bishops around the world known as the Lambeth Conference. Nearly 750 bishops from every Church of the Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church in the United States is one...

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