The right to profess freely a religious belief. “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Art. 18). “Practice” includes the liberty to proselytize. United Nations’ General Comment no. 22 also specifies that “Article 18 protects theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief. The terms ‘belief’ and ‘religion’ are to be broadly construed. Article 18 is not limited in its application to traditional religions or to religions and beliefs with institutional characteristics or practices analogous to those of traditional religions” and protects also religions that are “newly established, or represent religious minorities that may be the subject of hostility on the part of a predominant religious community.”
U.S. Supreme Court Cancels California Donor-Disclosure Rules
As the Supreme Court itself stated in its majority opinion, the decision also protects controversial religious organizations.
Christian Churches Ordered to Preach Xi Jinping’s July 1 Speech
Pastors are expected to hail the CCP and the President, and conclude with “Long live the great, glorious and correct Chinese Communist Party!”
Parliament as Theatre and the Tai Ji Men Case
The ineffectiveness of the Legislative Yuan in keeping rogue bureaucrats in check is part of a global crisis of parliamentarianism.
Court of Rome: Jehovah’s Witnesses “Ostracism” Is Not Illegal
Judges confirmed that counseling members to shun ex-members is part of both corporate religious liberty and the individual right to choose who to associate with