freedom of religion

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Where ISIS is defeated, freedom of worship returns

In July 2017, ISIS was driven from Mosul, in Iraq. Now there, and in places where ISIS has been defeated, there is a renewal of religious freedom.
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The right to religious freedom [video]

Religious freedom is a universal human right and a founding principle of the United States.
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North Korean defector describes horrors of regime

Facing the worst of North Korea's atrocities, North Korean defector Ji Hyeon-A risked everything to flee the country and share her story.
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Why religious freedom matters to Americans

Freedom of religion is a key value to Americans and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about it.
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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and a game called ‘dreidel’

Learn about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
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U.S. museums explore the art of different faiths

Religious themes have inspired much of the world's great art, and three U.S. museum exhibitions are exploring links between religion and creativity.
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The right to religious freedom

The International Religious Freedom Act promotes the fundamental right of people worldwide to worship according to their own conscience.
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Vice President Pence: U.S. protects religious minorities

U.S. leadership is crucial to protect those who are targets of unspeakable acts of violence and atrocity because of their faith, Vice President Pence says.
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Americans celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali

Learn about the Festival of Lights that Hindus observe every fall. This is part of a series about religious holidays as observed by Americans.