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Forum Debate: Religion and Politics: David Saperstein
We Must Be A Beacon of Light and Hope . . . Before It’s Too Late

Remarks from Rabbi David Saperstein, the new U.S. ambassador for religious freedom.

Christians in Egypt in the crosshairs

Aug. 14, 2013The facade of the Prince Tadros Coptic church, which was torched by assailants in the central Egyptian city … Continued

Muslims reflect on the Holocaust

May 18-24 felt like a lifetime: emotional, exhausting, and exhilarating, as amid the horror of the Holocaust, we escorted a … 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

Saeed Abedini’s case a call to action for Christians

For the most part, we all know that there are places in the world where Christians undergo immense persecution for … Continued

Pastor to spend Christmas in Iranian prison, imprisoned for his faith

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, a time of joy, hope, and peace on earth, we are reminded that in … 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

Bauer at Values Voter Summit: ‘We owe no apology to Islamists’

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Pakistani Muslim demonstrators walk over US and Israeli flags as they attempt to reach the US embassy during … Continued

Anti-Islam film stirs outrage as violence spreads

On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned an anti-Islam film, calling it “disgusting and reprehensible.” Clinton and other … Continued

Religious violence is all too real

TAUSEEF MUSTAFA AFP/GETTY IMAGES Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration against the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” in Srinagar … Continued

Religion as pretext or cause in attacks in Cairo, Egypt and Libya

REUTERS The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have … 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

Secret Service scandal sheds light on the international sex industry

“Scandal” is the term being used to describe the conduct of 11 U.S. Secret Service agents who allegedly brought prostitutes … Continued

Youcef Nadarkhani’s case unites people around religious liberty

The fight to save the life of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death in Iran for … Continued

2011: A big year for social conservatives

Darren McCollester Linda Dupere holds a sign at a Tea Party tax day rally April 15, 2011 outside the Statehouse … 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

Millennials, Boomers and the search for meaning

Decades back, when many of us Boomers went off to college, the purpose for that four year experience seemed twofold. … 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

Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution

Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and execution … 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