(Columbia, Mo.) – Religion News Service introduces a new blog, On Freedom, written by Brian Pellot, which will explore religious liberty in the U.S. and around the world.

Pellot’s first blog post from Sept. 4 discusses religious freedom beyond First Amendment rights.  In his opening post, Pellot identifies some of the worst violators of religious freedom around the world and highlights several cases where religious liberty and freedom of expression overlap.

“Freedom of religion is about the right to worship or to observe one’s faith freely, but it’s also about the right to question and to criticize others’ beliefs,” Pellot wrote.

Pellot’s most recent post published Sept. 6 is a Q&A session with Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

“Religious freedom is as universal as any other human right and as liberal as freedom of expression…” Bielefeldt said. “Like every other right to freedom, it’s about the right to equality.”

In addition to regular blog posts, interviews and analysis, Pellot will also recap the previous week’s top stories and developments every Monday in the Religious Freedom Roundup newsletter.

Pellot’s blog can be found at  Readers can also follow his Twitter stream @brianpellot for the latest updates on religious freedom.

Brian Pellot is the director of global strategy and religious freedom editor at RNS.  He is based in London, England.


Debra Mason


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