Category Archives: Religious Freedom

Christians in the Middle East


Later next month, on the 9th December, the Archbishop of Canterbury will be leading a debate in the House of Lords to call attention to the situation of Christians in the Middle East. The debate will provide an opportunity for Peers … Continue reading

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Violence and Solidarity in Cairo


Which ever way you look at it the disproportionate use of force over the weekend against peaceful demonstrators in Cairo is alarming and disconcerting, but we should be wary of seeing the recent disturbances as the start of some Iraqi … Continue reading

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Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Britain’s anti-Christian Foreign Policy


I’ve never had the privilege of meeting Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the Head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, but by all accounts he is a learned and spiritual man. His comments yesterday criticising British aid policy to Pakistan therefore … Continue reading

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Lessons for Europe: The US and International Religious Freedom


Those pressing for the EU to pay greater attention to the issue of Christian persecution overseas often cite the US as a model of best practice. Reference is usually made to the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act which created, amongst other things, an Ambassador-at-Large for … Continue reading

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The EU and Religious Freedom


The Daily Telegraph ran a story today on the question of religious freedom in the Middle East and the failure of EU foreign ministers to condemn the sectarian attacks over the Christmas period that targeted Christians in Iraq and Egypt. … Continue reading

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Religious Freedom and British Foreign Policy: How do we Manage the Persecution Complex?


The question of religious freedom, or more specifically violence against Christian minorities in predominantly Moslem countries, has featured high on the work agenda since I returned from my Christmas jaunt to Andalucía. Against a rising tide of popular concern, bishops … Continue reading

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