- Jun 3, 2020
Motivated by a desire to prevent radicals from taking control of the country’s mosques, Denmark is pondering a requirement that all recognized religious denominations must be governed by a democratically elected board. That provision could lead to the Catholic Church being de-recognized and losing important tax and immigration privileges.
Many Christians in Pakistan are considering or have already converted to Islam due to fewer restrictions for divorce placed on Muslims. Pakistan still adopts laws stemming from the British colonial period for Christians, but officials are now considering revising the law to make it easier for couples to part ways.
The secretary-general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences has criticized the lack of commitment on behalf of members of the European Union in the implementation of religious freedom guidelines set in 2013. “Freedom of religion is an absolute principle, and diplomatic and economic pressure should be used to defend it,” he said.
A priest, a rabbi, and a reverend team up to offer vigilance and to better respond to hate crimes and ease anxieties affecting different faiths. The interfaith Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs and Parkland works to strengthen clergy bonds and enhance the quality of life in the community.
Restrictions on religious freedom show no sign of slowing down. A Pew Research Center’s annual study found that though religious freedom restrictions were in a downward trend globally, 2015 showed an increase in religiously motivated violence especially in the Middle East and Europe.
Despite heading a diocese in a region of northern Nigeria known as a Boko Haram stronghold, Bishop Matthew Kukah insists that there is no real Muslim/Christian divide in his country, and that clashes perceived as religious are generally a ‘cover’ for the government’s failure to foster a genuine democracy in the country.