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Article18: Norway — Personal Reflections on the Origin of a Tragedy

Article18: Norway — Personal Reflections on the Origin of a Tragedy

The fact of the matter is that the demon of terrorism is one that will practice whatever religion it must to satisfy its craving for violence. Terrorism knows no religion that it can't corrupt. Violence can find a home in any religion, any belief system, be it Muslim, Christian, or Sikh and it is not partial to any one in particular, despite the ramblings in the media.

 
 

Buying Power: Human Trafficking and the Local Marketplace

Buying Power: Human Trafficking and the Local Marketplace

I'm not willing to pick cocoa beans or cotton for a dollar a day, so who is? Trafficked boys on the Ivory Coast and factory children in Asia whose fingers are small enough to work intricate and dangerous machines fill this gap. – One of the biggest reminders and strongest points I repeat daily is that I have done nothing to secure the position I have in life of being in a free country, just like these modern day slaves have done nothing to have their entire lives indebted to us because of the harsh demands we put on them with our high consumerist behavior. These socially conscious products contain more than just a new age aura or a better selling point; they represent a desire for the priority of humanity instead of selfish search for profit.

 
 

Article18: Uzbekistan — Recent Incidents of Violence Against Christians Alarm Religious Minorities

Article18: Uzbekistan — Recent Incidents of Violence Against Christians Alarm Religious Minorities

By Martin Surridge – The former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan occupies a precarious and oft-forgotten spot in Central Asia. Unlike other egregious religious liberty offenders such as Saudi Arabia, China, and North Korea, Uzbekistan is discussed little in the United States and is not well-known for any one thing. Unfortunately, it is often lumped in with its immediate neighbors, the […]

 
 

Speak Now – A Response to the European Sunday Alliance

In its Founding Statement, the European Sunday Alliance argues that, in the interest of synchronicity, Sunday is the appropriate day of rest for all of Europe, and makes no allowance or acknowledgment of what should be done for those whose faith requires them to rest on a day outside of Sunday. In fact, it is not hard to see how those who rest on a different day might be an annoyance or hindrance to Sunday rest, and even in the debate may be portrayed as roadblocks, troublemakers, or even anti-religious. Businesses who open on Sunday could be fined, and those who conduct their own entrepreneurial endeavors on Sunday could also find themselves operating against the law.

 
 

Obama's Olive Branch Doctrine: Religion & the Path of Democratic Reform in the Arab-Muslim World (PART I)

Obama's Olive Branch Doctrine: Religion & the Path of Democratic Reform in the Arab-Muslim World (PART I)

By Gregory W. Hamilton, President Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA) March 15, 2011 President Barack Obama came to Cairo in 2009 with the purpose of announcing to the Arab-Muslim world that he was not following his predecessor's "Democracy Project" as a matter of U.S. Middle East policy. One could call this Obama's "Olive Branch Doctrine": the message that interfaith tolerance […]

 
 

Article18: A New Weekly International Blog by RLTV Associate Editor Martin Surridge

Read the Latest Article18 Blog Posts Here. This is the first entry for Article18 –RLTV's first weekly blog specifically dedicated to religious liberty issues in other countries around the world. Each week, we will be focusing on a different nation, and the struggles facing its different religious communities, be they Muslim, Christian, Hindu, or Jewish. Of course, those aren't the […]

 
 

Religious Liberty 2010 – A Year in Review

By Jason Hines – 2010 has been an interesting year in the area of church-state relations, both at home and abroad. While we cannot cover every event of magnitude that took place this year in this forum, we will touch on some of the more important events have taken place over the last 365 days. American Events In March, the […]

 
 

Respecting the Religion of Your Brother

Respecting the Religion of Your Brother

By Rajmund (Ray) Dabrowski – Authentic religion calls for a respect, sensitivity and acceptance of another's beliefs and practices. Do unto others the saying goes. It really did not matter which one of the muezzins woke me up. The melodic reciting of a call to prayer from one of the minarets at 4:45 in the morning on the next […]

 
 

Why Using "Landmark Status" to Block the NY Mosque is a Threat to Religious Land Use Rights

Why Using "Landmark Status" to Block the NY Mosque is a Threat to Religious Land Use Rights

I recently received a message from Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) calling on Christians to protest plans to build a mosque in Manhattan near Ground Zero. (http://www.aclj.org/TrialNotebook/Read.aspx?ID=973 ) Although the ACLJ, not to be confused with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), does not try to hide the fact that anti-Muslim sentiment is a […]

 
 

Why Using "Landmark Status" to Block the NY Mosque is a Threat to Religious Land Use Rights

Why Using "Landmark Status" to Block the NY Mosque is a Threat to Religious Land Use Rights

I recently received a message from Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) calling on Christians to protest plans to build a mosque in Manhattan near Ground Zero. (http://www.aclj.org/TrialNotebook/Read.aspx?ID=973 ) Although the ACLJ, not to be confused with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), does not try to hide the fact that anti-Muslim sentiment is a […]