Religious Freedom in Peril

A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

Muslim extremists in Iraq demand that Christians pay a tax or face crucifixion, according to the Iraqi government.

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The Continued Exploitation of Religion in Egypt’s Politics

During Egypt’s 2011 referendum on the constitutional amendments, the 2011 parliamentary elections, the 2012 presidential elections, and the 2012 constitutional referendum, ‘liberal,’ ’democratic,’ and ‘civil’ parties criticized the Muslim Brotherhood (and its Freedom and Justice Party) and Salafists for bringing religion into politics. Almost a year after the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohamed Morsi, these criticisms have abated despite the fact that religion continues to be used as a political tool.

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The Cry of Christians in Iraq

This past June 15 was the first time in at least 1,600 years the Sunday Mass was not celebrated anywhere in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. Mosul's many churches were closed by Sunni Muslim rebels belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which overran the city days before. A great majority of the Christian population of Mosul fled in terror when ISIS militants took control of the city.

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Egypt’s Minorities Remain Ostracized

Three years after the January 25 uprising, little headway appears to have been made for Egypt’s marginalized, according to minority and rights groups. Minorities have been subjected to long-standing discrimination in Egypt’s modern history, which became increasingly apparent under Gamal Abdel Nasser. Under Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, and in the wake of his ouster, minorities were subjected to violent attacks including the mob lynching of Egyptian Shias, the torching of Christian churches and Bahá’í homes, and an attack on the headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox church in Cairo.

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Egyptians Uncertain About Future Under President Sisi

A year ago, many hailed him as their saviour for overthrowing President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

They elected him president in May, with a 97% majority of votes cast.

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