June 13, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Stung by criticism that they are engaging in partisan attacks in a presidential campaign, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops insisted Wednesday that their fight with President Obama has nothing to do with party politics or contraception, and everything to do with what they see as a fundamental assault on religious liberty. The bishops did not shrink from attacking the administration in a dispute that has become their signature issue, one involving what Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton called "the most serious intrusion of government that we have ever experienced.
October 25, 2006 |
An Ontario Superior Court judge struck down a section of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act, saying it violated guarantees of freedom of religion and thought. Judge Douglas Rutherford made the decision in the case of Mohammed Momin Khawaja, a Canadian man charged with conspiring to carry out bombings in Britain. Rutherford said a clause that limits the definition of terrorist activity to acts motivated by religion, politics or ideology was unconstitutional. He left the rest of the act in place.
May 12, 2006 |
Pope Benedict XVI met Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and listed concerns about religious freedom in the largely Catholic nation, the Vatican said. A statement issued later said the pope had reaffirmed the Vatican's right to name bishops freely and expressed his concern that the religious freedom of St. Rose University in Venezuela was under threat. Chavez told reporters, "I think we can completely turn the page and relegate these conflicts to the past."
March 27, 2006 |
After days of international outcry, an Afghan court has dismissed the case against a man threatened with being put to death for having converted from Islam to Christianity, a court official said Sunday. The charges of apostasy against Abdur Rahman, a 41-year-old medical aid worker, were being dropped for lack of evidence, said Abdul Wakil Omari, a spokesman for the Afghan Supreme Court. "It has been sent back to prosecutors," Omari said of the case.
March 26, 2006 |
Pope Benedict XVI has written to Afghan President Hamid Karzai asking that charges be dropped against a man facing a possible death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity, the Vatican said. The appeal to spare Abdur Rahman was sent in the pope's name by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who said the pope's appeal was inspired by the "firm belief in the dignity of human life and by respect for every person's freedom of conscience and religion."
March 22, 2006 |
The United States and three NATO allies with troops in Afghanistan urged the Kabul government Tuesday to respect the religious freedom of an Afghan convert to Christianity who faces the death penalty there. The United States, which counts Afghan President Hamid Karzai as a key ally in the region, raised the case with visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah, calling on Kabul to uphold Afghan citizens' constitutional right to choose their faith.