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Israel targets Christian community in Jerusalem

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SHAFAQNA - Christian worshippers were targeted by the Israeli authorities on Sunday as they gathered to mark Sunday Palm near al-Salahia Church in Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). Local sources confirmed that…

What Religious Freedom? - The Al Baqee Organization calls out Saudi Arabia over egregious human rights violations against minorities

SHAFAQNA - If Saudi Arabia has often called upon its status of Custodian of the two Holy Mosques to garner support and assert its authority over the Islamic World, the kingdom’s propensity to wield swords and all manners of abuses to pilgrims…

Thousand of Uighur Muslims detained in Chinese 're-education' camps

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SHAFAQNA - More than 100,000 minority Uighur Muslims are reportedly being indefinitely detained in overcrowded “re-education” camps on China’s western border. The detention centres - reminiscent of Mao-era laogai forced labour…

Anti-Christian Hostility in the US Hasn't Risen, but It Has Changed as Secular Progressives Hold More Wealth

SHAFAQNA - New research examining cultural hostility toward American Christians shows that believers are incorrect to assert that animus toward them has increased. Yet they might be right in their claims that they face more problems such hostility…

Bernie Sanders: "Muslims should have religious freedom"

SHAFAQNA - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders believes Muslims should be judged by their “views and abilities,” not by their religion. When former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson asserted that Islam and the U.S. Constitution are…

Islamophobia, populism, and the West’s headscarf conundrum

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SHAFAQNA - Who knew that a few yards of fabric plonked onto one’s head would send western democracies spinning onto their axis - threatening to bring “Society” as we, western folk, know it, and in the clutches of Islam see western civilization…

Jefferson and Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Unfortunately though Jefferson's universal vision of religious toleration and equality did not extend to African American slaves, many of who were Muslims. The question that whether Muslims could be citizens of Christian Commonwealth…

Does Religious Freedom Still Exist for Muslims?

SHAFAQNA - I was seven years old when my best friend asked me what religion I was. I responded, “I’m Muslim.” They shouted back, “You can’t be Muslim! Muslims are covered up and live in the desert.” They pulled out a reference…

America's Religious Freedom Day - Say What?

SHAFAQNA - "On Jan. 16, our nation will observe National Religious Freedom Day. This day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly’s adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom back in 1786.," wrote Robert P.…