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What is Interfaith Work?

It is simply fascinating to understand the different aspects of religion that have been introduced in our world many centuries ago. And these religions provide intriguing stories of miraculous settings, moral acts of guidance, and at some point, terrible punishments.  Some of these religions explore a monotheistic belief of having one omnipotent and omnipresent being.…

Religious Minorities faces constant attacks

In front of the Shahbagh National Museum in Dhaka, a rally was formed on a Saturday to protest against anti-minority attacks. Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists were among the ten religious minority groups and organizations that took part in the demonstrations with about 500 present to join the rally.  A minority advocacy group, The Bangladesh Hindu…

Quebec’s Bill 21 and Religious Rights in Workplace

“It is impossible to deny that there are xenophobic parts to this bill. There is a reason why this bill is coming from a man (Legault) who refuses to use the term systemic racism,” said Mustafa Farooq, CEO of National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) in an article published by Al Jazeera last November 1. …

Religious Equality and its implications on LGBTQ+ rights in the US

America is known as a champion of democracy and among its “forefather” rights which had been cemented since 1791 is the freedom to exercise one’s religion encapsulated in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Today, that very democracy is called into question as it stands in conflict with the rights of the LGBTQ+…

Who are the Uyghurs, and Why is China so Afraid of them?

The conflict that is happening in China for the past centuries is likely related to the Uyghur minority. If you know anything regarding the country’s social policies in recent years, it has been largely connected to the serious problem of mistreating these people. China receives criticism from governments and activists worldwide for its racism and…

The Struggle Between COVID-19 and the American Church

The COVID-19 Pandemic has become an unprecedented event for civilization. Many countries around the world practiced nationwide lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus, decongest crowded hospitals, and lower death rates. Currently, in the United States, there are approximately 14 million COVID-19 cases and 276,366 deaths resulting from the virus.  For the country, lockdowns…

The lost voice of the Alevi – A religious minority’s fight from coercion and human rights violations

Although the coronavirus has caused impediments in the world, many issues have still been occurring regarding human rights violations within countries such as religious freedom as well. One such example is the Alevi minority group in Turkey who make up roughly 15-20 percent of the Turkish population. Harsh discrimination has been imposed for decades in…

Religious Rights of Minorities in the US: UN Expert Calls for Repeal of Laws undermining minorities’ rights to worship

Minority groups have been commonly mistaken or associated with a numerical minority but larger groups can also be considered minorities due to their inherent lack of power despite a major stronghold in quantity. This lack of power is the predominant characteristic of a minority group.  According to sociologist Louis Wirth in 1945, a minority group…

Trump Champions Religious Liberty for Students and Organizations

Last January 16, the White House Office issued through its official site President Donald Trump’s program and guidelines which aims to safeguard the rights of religious students and organizations to express their faith duly protected by their First Amendment Rights under the “Free Exercise Clause”.  In a statement, Trump acknowledged the fundamental right. He said,…

Religious Rights on Health Issues: Catholics and Jews call out coronavirus restrictions as violation of religious rights

On January 21, 2020, the US recorded its very first case of COVID-19 and in just a few months, the novel coronavirus had easily swept off the cities swarming hospitals and stacking up thousands of dead bodies.  The image of the pandemic’s effect was not just mirrored in deadbeat doctors and nurses asking people to…

Religious Rights vs. LGBTQ+ Rights on Adoption: Philadelphia Foster Care Case

The global divide on homosexuality still persists but over the past two decades, there has been an increasing acceptance in many countries according to a recent survey conducted by PEW Research Center last June 2020. Specifically in the US, the numbers have jumped from 42% in 2007 to 72%.  These numbers are directly and substantially…

Anti-Mormonism: Definition, Debate, and Status in the US

Mormons may not be on top of the list when the topic of “anti-religious hate crimes” is discussed, they still get a share of 0.9% (15 individuals) of hate crimes as reported in 2017 and are still increasing according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Crime statistics for anti-Mormon bias were tracked starting 2015…