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  • Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism

    Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism

    • May 17, 2017

    Blasphemy laws are used to persecute critics of Islam in many Muslim countries, whether moderate Muslims, Christians or Jews, and to attack so-called “non-believers,” thus forming an impenetrable barrier to any form of acceptance of other religious beliefs and contributing to the growth of Islamic extremism. Ending these laws could set the stage for free expression of religious opinions in the Muslim world and help modernize Islamic societies.

  • The role of religious freedom today

    The role of religious freedom today

    • May 16, 2017

    The former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (2005-2008), Francis Rooney, says due to its stabilizing role in society, religious freedom can be used as a “soft power” weapon to deter extremist ideologies, as evidenced by Holy See diplomacy. Rooney points to the Vatican using inter-religious dialogue as a platform to nurture an exchange of ideas oriented toward finding an Islamic rationale to combat extremist ideology.

  • Blasphemy isn’t just a problem in the Muslim world

    Blasphemy isn’t just a problem in the Muslim world

    • May 3, 2017

    World attention is being turned to the blasphemy laws in much of the Muslim world, especially when religious minorities are prosecuted for allegedly offending Islam. Yet active blasphemy laws also exist in many Western, secular nations. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly one-fifth of European countries and a third of countries in the Americas – including Canada and several U.S. states – have laws against blasphemy.

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