Religion

Activists of the Pakistani Sunni Tehreek organization burn a poster of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Lahore on Nov. 1, 2020.

Yes, Islam Is Facing a Crisis. No, France Isn’t Helping Solve It.

By championing freedom from religion while trampling freedom of religion, Macron is discrediting the Enlightenment in the eyes of Muslims—and strengthening the Islamists he vows to defeat.

Anti-abortion activists and supporters of naming Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court justice

Let’s Be Honest About Religion and the Courts

As Amy Coney Barrett wrote herself, religious convictions are real and influential on judges.

An Islamic State billboard is seen destroyed in the middle of the road in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on Nov. 8, 2016.

Foreign Fighters’ Life After the Caliphate

In interviews with former Islamic State members in hiding, religious concerns have been replaced with more quotidian worries.

Pope Francis prays as he addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square during his Angelus prayer at the Vatican on Oct. 18.

The Pope’s Latest Encyclical Is Beautiful—and Hypocritical

“Fratelli Tutti” lays out a set of principles that the Vatican doesn’t apply to its own China deals.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, some wearing face masks, pray during the Sukkot holiday at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem, on Oct. 7 amid Israel's second coronavirus lockdown.

The Government Can’t Save Ultra-Orthodox Jews From COVID-19. Religious Leaders Can.

The coronavirus has hit Haredi enclaves hard, but without clear directives from rabbis, isolated communities from Jerusalem to New York will continue to suffer.

Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja, Nigeria.

Christian Victims in Nigeria Fear Future Attacks

Religious violence is growing despite the pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C), followed by U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich, walks past a Swiss Guard as he arrives on October 1, 2020 after being welcomed by Monsignor Guillermo Karcher (R) at San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican.

Why Pompeo’s Crusade Against the Pope Failed

Christian conservatives in the United States are using religious freedom in China as a smokescreen in their ongoing culture war against Pope Francis. It might win votes at home but won’t sway the Holy See.

A worshipper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on June 12, 2019.

China Is Already Breaking Its Vatican Deal

Ordinary Catholics deserve to know the details of the arrangement.

A promotional photo from the Turkish TV show Dirilis: Ertugrul.

How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan

The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.

Lee Man-hee, the leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus

South Korea’s COVID-19 Church Scapegoat Is Fighting Back

As mainstream denominations see their own outbreaks, Shincheonji members say they were unfairly targeted.

Evening Prayers Al-Azhar

All the Dictator’s Sheikhs

How Sisi co-opted Egypt’s religious institutions for political gain.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at a rally for the upcoming state elections in New Delhi on Feb. 3.

Modi’s Slide Toward Autocracy

Using Hindutva ideology, India’s leader is restyling the country as one with only the trappings of democracy.

A police van patrols in front of Hagia Sophia during a two-day lockdown imposed prevent the spread of COVID-19 on April 11,  in Istanbul, Turkey.

Erdogan Should Not Erase Turkey’s Christian Past

The Turkish president wants to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Destroying its dual Orthodox-Islamic heritage would be a blow to religious pluralism and tolerance.

Palestinian and Arab- Israeli men practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as they pray in a parking lot near the beach in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, after breaking their fast on the second day of Ramadan, on April 25.

Religious Leaders Must Not Be Tempted to Jump on the Reopening Bandwagon

After months of lockdown, believers of all faiths are clamoring for houses of worship to fully open their doors to group prayer. Doing it too soon could be disastrous.

Scarecrows known as ting mong stand guard in front of homes in Takeo, Kandal, and Kampong Speu provinces in Cambodia to ward off the coronavirus in May.

In Cambodia, a Spiritual Army Battles an Earthly Pandemic

With little faith in the government’s coronavirus response, many rural Cambodians are turning to the divine.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside St John's Church across from Lafayette Park in Washington on June 1.

Autocrats Love Using the Bible as a Prop. Americans Shouldn’t.

As he posed on a church step, Trump’s false idols were on full display.

Muslims buy food before breaking their Ramadan fast in Quetta, Pakistan, on May 12, 2019.

To Fast or Not to Fast—That Is the Coronavirus Question for Ramadan

With Ramadan services sharply curtailed due to the pandemic, many Muslims are wondering if the required fasting might also pose a health risk.

An Orthodox believer with a protective mask attends a religious service at an Orthodox church in Skopje, North Macedonia, on April 16.

North Macedonia’s Orthodox Church Could Become a Coronavirus Super-Spreader

Despite an otherwise strict nationwide lockdown, the government’s politically motivated decision to allow Orthodox Christians to take communion from shared spoons could unleash a major COVID-19 outbreak.

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