• A cultural genocide before our eyes

    The last time Akida Pulat saw her mother, renowned Uighur anthropologist Rahile Dawut, was in 2016. Dawut had come as a visiting scholar to the University of Washington, where Pulat was studying for her master’s degree. She remembers her mother spending hours cooking Uighur polo, a... Read more
  • Chinese authorities force contraception on Uyghurs in ‘slow genocide’

    The Chinese government is forcing Uyghur women to take contraceptives in an effort to slow the growing population. One expert called the campaign "a slow, painful, creeping genocide" of the religious and ethnic minority. In a report released on Monday, June 29, AP found numerous... Read more
  • Righting a Historic Wrong

    A century-old constitutional provision will no longer block religious schools in Montana from receiving fair treatment. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the state’s Blaine Amendment, which barred public aid from going to educational institutions “controlled in whole or in... Read more
  • Cardinal Zen: ‘No confidence’ in HK religious freedom after new security law

    Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has warned that new security laws in the province could lead to a clamp down on religious freedom.  In a series of videos posted Tuesday on the Facebook page “Catholics Concerned about the Hong Kong National Security Law Group,”... Read more
  • US religious freedom commissioner says ‘no excuse’ for Trump delay on Chinese sanctions

    A federal religious freedom commissioner has said there is “no excuse” for the Trump administration “delaying action” to place sanctions on Chinese officials for abuses committed in the mass internment of Uyghurs.   Nury Turkel, a commissioner of the bipartisan... Read more
  • A Morally Empty Jurisprudence

    Conservatives were bracing for the defection of Justice Gorsuch on the cases dealing with the “transgendered” and “sexual orientation.” But even the anticipation of the jolt did not diminish its depressing force. The reactions, coming with disbelief and anger, have not been understated.... Read more
  • India denies visa to US religious freedom investigators

    India has barred U.S. representatives from investigating the county’s reported violations of religious freedom, continuing what critics call a trend of Hindu nationalism that threatens religious minorities in India. The investigation, called for by the United States Commission on... Read more
  • Madison diocese says it will sue over religious restrictions

    Attorneys representing the Diocese of Madison sent a letter to Dane County and City of Madison officials on Wednesday, June 3, notifying officials they will file suit if parishes in the diocese are not permitted to operate at the same capacity as retail outlets.  Under Dane County’s... Read more
  • Maryland county lifts ban on Communion

    Howard County, Maryland, has reversed a policy that banned consumption of any food or drink during religious services, effectively preventing the licit celebration of Mass.  A county spokesman told CNA May 28 the prohibition will be removed, and faith leaders will be consulted on... Read more
  • Baltimore archdiocese has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

    The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the reception of Communion as a condition for churches to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. “For the Catholic community, the reception of... Read more