- Oct 30, 2020
The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether religious hospitals have the same right to be determined a religious organization as churches or other houses of worship. The Catholic bishops argue it is up to the Church, not the government, to determine what is a Church ministry.
President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court has ruled on some of the most important religious liberty cases in recent years while on the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including those of Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.
The former Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, Rabbi David Saperstein, said that the U.S. has made significant strides in promoting religious freedom abroad in the last two years. Saperstein counted as a major success the work done everyday on behalf of prisoners of conscience.
The Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, could face up to five years in jail for allegedly insulting the Quran – a charge he strongly denies. Indonesia is a Muslim-majority nation where almost all blasphemy cases result in convictions.
Rohingya Muslims in Burma, as well as Christians, face continued persecution, destruction of homes and places of worship according to two new reports by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “It’s time for Burma to defend religious freedom,” Chairman Father Thomas Reese said.
Five Pakistani men were sentenced to death for the murder of a Christian couple, Shahzad Masih and his pregnant wife Shama. “I sincerely hope and wish that the decision,” says Sajid Ishaq, chairman of the Pakistan Inter-faith League, “will serve as a strong preventive step against any such incident in future.”