Prayers Requested for Haiti Missionary Hostages; The Gulf Between “Free Exercise” and “Freedom of Worship”; LGBTQ Support of Utah Compromise; Afghan Sikhs Must Convert to Islam or Leave Country; Survey: Catholicism Growing Everywhere but Europe
Prayers Requested for Haiti Missionary Hostages
The Gulf Between “Free Exercise” and “Freedom of Worship”
LGBTQ Support of Utah Compromise
Polling demonstrated that Utah, despite being a conservative state, has the second highest percentage of state population in support for non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. “In order to protect LGBTQ people, we don’t have to deny religious liberty, and in order to provide protections for religious liberties, we don’t have to deny LGBTQ people. The idea that we do is a fallacy that Utah has dismantled.”
Afghan Sikhs Must Convert to Islam or Leave Country
As the Taliban assume control in Afghanistan, Sikhs — a community that was already in a dire situation before the collapse of the government — practically have to make a choice between options of “converting to Sunni Islam or run away” from Afghanistan, said a report. The community, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has been devastated by years of emigration and death, driven by both systemic discrimination and an uptick in religious violence in Afghanistan, said the International Forum For Rights and Security (IFFRAS).
Survey: Catholicism Growing Everywhere but Europe