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I'm speaking at this April 16 in DC. RSVP!
RSVP for this April 16 event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. We'll be speaking about how freedom of religion or belief factor into governments' foreign policy agendas and what role media outlets play in shaping and navigating debate.
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Malaysia is giving Saudi a run for its money in WTFuckery. 3 years ago the country’s religious authorities raided a bookstore and confiscated copies of Irshad Manji’s “Allah, Liberty and Love.” Six days after that the Home Ministry banned the book, a ban that only went into effect three weeks after the raid. Bookstore manager Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz was charged with selling the “banned book” even though IT WASN’T BANNED AT THE TIME OF THE RAID. Rather than fessing up to obvious bull, authorities continue to hound this woman with criminal charges. Unforgivable. Bookstores shouldn’t have to censor their stock for fear of government incompetence. Sort your shit, Malaysia.
In May 2012, Malaysia’s religious authorities raided a bookstore and confiscated “Allah, Liberty and Love.” A store manager was charged for selling the "banned" book, which was only banned six days after the raid. Three years later and she’s still being hounded.
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Two ISIS fighters walk into a bar...
From the Middle East to Japan, satirists are standing up to the Islamic State with humor, wit and irreverence. These videos, cartoons and tweets are as silly as they are powerful, showing ISIS we won’t submit to its threat-based censorship.
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Charlie Hebdo. Chapel Hill. Copenhagen. With each assault comes another repackaged statement, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. 
Advocacy and religious groups have rushed to condemn Copenhagen, Charlie Hebdo and Chapel Hill using rehashed boilerplates of their mission statements. Absent new information or productive solutions, these generic missives amount to self-serving press releases unworthy of our time.
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Stop trying to make ‘Erotic liberty vs. religious liberty’ happen. It's not going to happen. 
Al Mohler’s “erotic liberty” has nothing to do with the porn industry. It’s an offensive stand-in for “LGBT rights” that reduces a fight for equality to mere animalism.
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In which I attempt to explain to Americans what "colored" means here in South Africa. 
Comedian Trevor Noah was “born a crime” to a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father in the final years of South Africa’s apartheid. At that time, officials classified him as “colored,” a label and identity still common here today.
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No no no no no. 
Of course not. When acting on your beliefs extinguishes another’s right to life, you lose.
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News values must trump fear of causing offense. Omitting key newsworthy facts, the name of a team in this case, is just bad journalism.

http://brianpellot.religionnews.com/2015/02/25/charlie-hebdo-redskins-newsworthiness-must-trump-fear-offense/#sthash.wQAeGb0E.dpuf
Obscuring or omitting the very controversy that makes a story newsworthy--be it a Charlie Hebdo cover or the Washington Redskins’ name--is bad journalism, plain and simple.
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The right to bear arms — whether for sport, for self-defense or as a guard against “tyranny” — is not a fundamental human right.  http://brianpellot.religionnews.com/2015/02/17/hate-crime-parking-spat-legal-bullets-killed-chapel-hill-victims/#sthash.Yqc7FPr8.dpuf
America’s Second Amendment and illegal firearms abroad too often deny others their rights to life, freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief.
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New year, new RFR format. Let’s start with a look at how January’s big story played out internationally then spotlight new challenges to religious freedom and freedom of expression across the globe.
New year, new RFR format. Let’s start with a look at how January’s big story played out internationally then spotlight new challenges to religious freedom and freedom of expression across the globe.
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“Friendly Francis” just threw free speech under the popemobile.
Religion is fair game for satirists. In suggesting that faith be protected from public scrutiny just because some consider it sacred or sensitive, Pope Francis negates the very essence and definition of free speech.
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Director of Global Strategy and Religious Freedom Editor @ Religion News Service
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  • University of Oxford
    Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2010 - 2012
  • University of Missouri–Columbia
    Multimedia Journalism, 2006 - 2010
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