- Feb 22, 2020
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.
Neither Catholic nor Islamic teaching in any way justifies violence against a group of people. However, Orlando is a reminder that believers of all sorts are called to be vigilant in assuring that the edicts of our traditions are never hijacked as apologia for nefarious ends.
A new study by a U.S. government watchdog agency has found “deeply troubling content” in the way public school textbooks in Pakistan depict non-Islamic faiths, especially Christians and Hindus, charging that those religious minorities are styled as untrustworthy and fundamentally inferior. The report, “Teaching Intolerance in Pakistan: Religious Bias in
LAHORE, Pakistan — Suicide bombers attacked two Christian churches during Sunday services in the Pakistani city of Lahore, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens in the latest attack on religious minorities in the country. The attacks occurred in quick succession outside Catholic and Protestant churches in Youhanabad, one
Just by reading the news, one has the impression that religious freedom is under threat today. From the carnage unleashed by the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to church/state tensions across the West, the picture seems to grow murkier and grimmer by the day. Thankfully, we don’t have