Does Religion Speak War; Why Use It As A Means? By Rackel Jackson Agara

“War is the greatest plague that afflicts humanity, it destroys states, it destroys families, and even religion…Any scourge is preferable to it,” observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many people in the world have used religion to instigate violent conflicts but these religious roots of conflict are often disregarded. A perennial question that has arisen throughout

“The Blessings of Liberty: Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the Western Legal Tradition” by John Witte Jr.

The Blessings of Liberty: Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the Western Legal TraditionJohn Witte, Jr. The following is excerpted from John Witte, Jr.’s The Blessings of Liberty: Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the Western Legal Tradition, out now from Cambridge University Press. Read Nicholas Wolterstorff’s review of the book here. For the past

“The Women’s Mosque of America: Authority & Community in US Islam” by Tazeen Ali

The Women’s Mosque of America: Authority & Community in US IslamTazeen Ali The following is a modified excerpt from Tazeen Ali’s The Women’s Mosque of America: Authority & Community in US Islam (2022), out now from New York University Press. The Women’s Mosque of America (WMA) is a multi-racial women-only mosque in Los Angeles that

“Ordinary Affects of U.S. Empire” by Candace Lukasik

Religion and US Empire: Critical New Historiesedited by Tisa Wenger and Sylvester Johnson “Ordinary Affects of U.S. Empire”, A review by Candace Lukasik “American imperialist culture has seeped into Egyptian blood.” – Kirollos  We sat on the back patio, eating watermelon in the heat of the sun on a chilly March day in 2021. Kirollos

“Remedies for Religious Persecution in China: An International Human Rights Perspective” by Michelle Coleman

The Chinese government is waging an assault on religion. Millions of Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists are being subjected to arbitrary detention, forced labor, torture, and the destruction of religious buildings, books and artifacts. Can the international community do anything to stop these human rights violations and hold the perpetrators accountable? China and Persecution of Religious

“Carson v. Makin: Implications for Students’ Civil Rights in Taxpayer Funded Religious Schools” by Suzanne Eckes, and Preston Green

This article is part of our “Kennedy, Carson, and Dobbs: Law and Religion in Pressing Supreme Court Cases” series. If you’d like to check out other articles in this series, click here. In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that when a state funds private school education it must also fund religious education. The state

“The Universal Application of Laws is Never Equal: Antisemitism in U.S. Law” by Mia Brett

“Klan display their robes at the U.S. Capitol: 1925” by Washington Area Spark. Until the Civil Rights movement in the twentieth century, courts interpreted laws as non-discriminatory if they applied equally to all, no matter their impact. Segregation, anti-miscegenation laws, and “Sunday Laws” were all constitutional because they all applied to both white and Black

“Purity Culture and the Overturn of Roe: Understanding Christian Nationalistic Ideology and its Impact” by Jenny McGrath

This article is part of our “Kennedy, Carson, and Dobbs: Law and Religion in Pressing Supreme Court Cases” series.If you’d like to check out other articles in this series, click here. On June 24th, the Supreme Court reversed the nearly 50-year-old legal precedent protecting the right to safe abortions in overturning Roe v. Wade. While the

“A Theology of Human Rights in an Orthodox Perspective” by Paul Ladouceur

Orthodox Christianity does not have a good reputation on human rights, and indeed Orthodox theologians are deeply divided on human rights, with both strong supporters (such as Stanley Harakas and Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos) and strong opponents (Christos Yannaras and Vigen Guroian). Countries of Orthodox tradition such as Russia and Romania have supported violations of human