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Suzan Johnson Cook defends her work on religious freedom and explains why she left

WASHINGTON — Suzan Johnson Cook, who resigned this month as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said she left for … Continued

Suzan Johnson Cook to resign as religious freedom ambassador

WASHINGTON — Suzan Johnson Cook, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, will announce this week that she is … Continued

Ethicist Shaun Casey to oversee religious engagement for State Department

WASHINGTON — Amid persistent criticism that the U.S. marginalizes religion and religious people in its foreign policy, Secretary of State … Continued

Blasphemy, the ‘crime’ that cannot be spoken

Imagine being hung upside down by your feet. Electric wires are tied around your ankles and you’re threatened repeatedly with … Continued

Honor U.S. values and interests: Back religious freedom abroad

Fifteen years ago, on May 14, 1998, U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a landmark effort to promote … Continued

Ahmadis in Pakistan face unfair election

A Pakistani woman walks past posters of a parliamentary election candidate. B.K. Bangash/Associated ) On May 11th, the world’s second … Continued

Activists scold U.S. over prison imprisoned in Iran

WASHINGTON — Religious freedom activists scolded the U.S. State Department for not appearing at a hearing Friday (March 15) on … Continued

So this is Christmas . . .

AP A Christian worshiper prays at the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus … Continued

Commemorating International Religious Freedom Day

Across the globe, religion and belief continue to matter deeply in the lives of people and their cultures. From worship … Continued

Religious liberty: Gold for the U.S.?

AFP/GETTY IMAGES U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks on the “State of International Religious Freedom” July 30, 2012 … Continued

Federal lawsuit charges religious freedom commission with discriminating against Muslims

This story has been updated. Some Washington figures prominently connected with promoting religious freedom overseas are acccused in a federal … Continued

Religious freedom ambassador settles into role, diplomacy

WASHINGTON — Nearly a year into her stint as the State Department’s point person on religious freedom, the Rev. Suzan … Continued

Does the U.S. religious freedom commission need last rites?

Drama continues surrounding the possible extinction of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. The small, sometimes controversial government commission, … Continued

White House statement on Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

The White House released a statement Thursday on Iran’s conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The Christian minister has been sentenced … Continued

Budget talks, and perhaps politics, threaten U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Is it possible Congress may shut down the government body created to promote international religious freedom – a pet issue … Continued

From Ground Zero chaplain to religious freedom ambassador

Ira Block A keyboard to a computer. Very few pieces of office equipment were found in the recovery operation post … Continued

‘Apartheid’ in Pakistan

By N. Mahmood Ahmad and Amjad Mahmood Khan More than seven months have passed since the Pakistani Taliban attacked two Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques in Lahore massacring … Continued

Freedom intrinsic to who we are as Americans

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Will there be Christmas in Iraq?

By Leonard Leo and Talal Eid As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, their brothers … Continued

Religious freedom officials enter Ground Zero debate

By Michelle Boorstein What position — if any — should members of America’s primary government body dedicated to religious freedom … Continued