freedom of religion

China Teases Deal with the Vatican for State-Approved Bishops

Both Chinese and Western media are reporting that a deal between the Vatican and China’s authoritarian government over the appointment of bishops may be near, potentially ending a long argument between the Catholic Church and Communist Party. Such a deal would also dismay many Chinese Christians and alarm human-rights advocates worried about Beijing’s drive to “Sinicize” religion, transforming it from a potentially subversive force into an instrument of state control.

A decades-long standoff has split China's roughly 12 million Catholics between those who follow government-approved prelates and those in "underground" pro-Rome churches

Saudi Crown Prince Claims He’s ‘Not Familiar’ with Wahhabism, Islam ‘a Religion of Peace’

In an interview with the Atlantic conducted from the compound of the Saudi ambassador in Washington, who happens to be his brother, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered strong criticism of Iran and some thoughts about the religious, cultural, and economic upheaval in progress in Saudi Arabia. In one remarkable exchange, MBS recognized the right of Israel to exist – a bold step for any Arab leader, let alone the next guardian of Mecca and Medina.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's de facto leader, says Israel has a "right" to a homeland, a notable shift in the kingdom's position

Plano Sued for Allegedly Violating Texas Open Meetings Act

The Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) guarantees the state’s citizens fair, democratic, and open government where their voices are heard, banning local municipalities from hiding public business from the people, which is exactly what one north Texas couple alleges their city officials did in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Collin County District Court.

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