Shrinking Religious Freedom in Europe

Written by: McKenna Ross Religious freedom in developing countries is often called into question, but it is not thought that religious freedom is restricted in developed countries often, such as those in Europe. Increasingly, the freedom of followers of the Islamic faith are being restricted due to islamophobia. In addition, women are usually the target…

State Sovereignty in the Face of Genocide

Written by: McKenna Ross The Rohingya are a primarily Muslim group of people in majority Buddhist Myanmar. Persecution against them began in the 1970s, when the state government refused to acknowledge the Rohingya as a legitimate ethnic group of Myanmar. This made them into a stateless people and therefore not eligible for state protection. This…

Religious Persecution in China: Watching History Repeat

Written by: Zach Lipecki The year is 1899, and the Chinese Boxer Rebellion has just begun with the killing of two priests in Juye County, China. What would follow over the course of the next two years was a dark, albeit short, time in Chinese history; thousands of Christians and foreign missionaries would be hunted…

Public Employees in Canada May No Longer Be Able to Wear Headscarves to Work

Written by: Meredith Antell On Thursday, May 25th, the Quebec government proposed a bill restricting public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols while working. If it is approved, the prohibition will be expected to take effect in June. This would mean that public school teachers, judges, police officers, prosecutors, prison guards, and school principals would all…

Small Terrorist Attack in France Adds to Big Debate

Written by: Julie Schneiburg  On Friday, March 23th,  tragedy struck in Trèbes, France, a small town that lies roughly 60 miles southeast of Toulouse. Islamic extremist Radouane Lakdim, a French-Moroccan of dual citizenship, first hijacked a car where he shot and wounded the driver and killed a passenger. He then proceeded to leave the car…

The Veil Debate

Written by: Chandrea Baster The United State’s First Amendment, under the freedom of expression, prohibits legislation stemming from or against religious practices. It is virtually impossible to imagine federal laws infringing on an individual’s rights based on religious grounds. Precisely on this issue, there is a clear disparity between the US government and its Iranian…

Religious Conservatism on the Rise in Indonesian and Malaysian Elections

Written by: Cherui Chew  It will soon be election season in various countries across Southeast Asia, but observers are hardly optimistic about the political development in the region due to the rise of populism and socially conservative trends. Two of the growing economies in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are both secular countries with a…