Saturday, April 30, 2011

Imam's Call to Add Crescent Moon Symbol to Russian Emblem Met With Alarm

Fox News reports that Imam Talgat Tadzhuddin who heads the Central Spiritual Association of Muslims of Russia has called for a change to the Russian coat of arms. In a newspaper interview, the Imam suggested that one of the heads of the Russian double-headed eagle be topped with an Islamic crescent moon, while the other continue to be topped with a Russian Orthodox cross. The Imam notes that approximately 18% of the population of Russia is Muslim.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

USCIRF Identifies World’s Worst Religious Freedom Violators

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report yesterday. For the first time, the report lists Egypt as a major violator of religious freedoms.

The report can be accessed at the link below.


Vietnam Arrests Pastor of Banned Mennonite Church

Officials in Vietnam have arrested a pastor of a banned Mennonite church on the charge of sowing dissent between the people and the government.

The story can be viewed at the following link:

Vietnam arrests pastor of banned Mennonite church

Catholic Religious Order Files for Chapter 11

AP news reports that a second Catholic religious order in the United States has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The AP new story can be viewed at the following link:

Catholic religious order files for Chapter 11