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ARFP Condemns Anti-Semitic Attack Against Kansas City Jewish Community

April 14. 2014

The American Religious Freedom Program is outraged by the anti-Semitic shooting and murders at two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City yesterday and expresses deepest sympathy for the victims, their families, and the members of the American Jewish community.  Read more>>


Jewish Man Attacked in Paris, Swastika Drawn on Chest

March 27. 2014

By: The Algemeiner Journal

A Jewish man was attacked in Paris after leaving a kosher restaurant on March 20.  Assailants beat him, called him “dirty Jew,” and drew a swastika on his chest.  Read more>>


Man Sentenced to 249 Years for 1991 Temple Slaying

March 14. 2014

By: Associated Press

An Arizona man convicted of killing nine devout Buddhists – six monks, one nun, and two acolytes – at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist temple in Phoenix in 1991 has only now been sentenced to 249 years in prison.  Read more>>


105 Members of Congress Urge Defense Secretary to Accept Sikhs

March 11. 2014

By: Sikh Coalition

According to the Sikh Coalition, a bipartisan group of 105 Members of Congress have signed a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel encouraging him to improve the U.S. military’s appearance regulations to allow Sikhs and other religious minorities to serve without having to violate their articles of faith.  Read more>>

Read the letter here.


10 Religious Surprises in the US Congress

March 9. 2014

By: Daily Beast

Joshua DuBois, former head of President Obama’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, highlights the substantial religious diversity found among Members of Congress.  Read more>>


Shaun Casey Talks About Leading the State Department's Faith-Based Office

March 4. 2014

By: Religion & Politics

Shaun Casey discusses his role as head of the State Department’s Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, where he serves as a special advisor to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  Casey explains how the position is bolstered by Secretary Kerry’s recognition of the important role faith plays in international politics.  Read more>>


The business case for religious freedom: Q&A with Brian Grim

February 28. 2014

By: Religion News Service

Religion News Service interviews Brian Grim on his new project to explain the economic benefits of religious freedom.  Grim headed Pew Research Center’s project on global religious restrictions before leaving in February to start the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation.  Read more>>


A Place for Faith in Coca-Cola's Super Bowl Ad

February 7. 2014

By: T.J. Whittle

The conversation surrounding Coca-Cola’s much-discussed America the Beautiful Super Bowl commercial missed the most important part: its celebration of America as a nation of many faiths.


Brian Grim becomes Religious Freedom & Business Foundation president

February 1. 2014

By: Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Brian Grim, who directed Pew Research Center’s work on global restrictions on religion, has become the founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation.  The foundation will educate governments and the business community on the economic benefits of religious freedom and diversity.  Read more>>


Why the Orthodox Union Supports Religious Protections to the HHS Mandate

January 28. 2014

By: Tablet Magazine

Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Orthodox Union, explains why his organization and a group of a dozen Orthodox Jewish religious and lay leaders have spoken out in defense of those who cannot comply with the Department of Health and Human Services’ “preventive services” mandate.  Read more>>


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