Kristina Arriaga is the recipient of the Newseum’s 2017 Freedom of Expression Award for Religious Freedom. She serves as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. This year each commissioner adopted a prisoner of conscience. Kristina adopted Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kalamabadi. The views expressed here are her own.
Today, April 27, it’s Carry a Poem in Your Pocket Day—#PocketPoem. This is one of the many festivities of the National Poetry Month.
Beards, prisoners, Native Americans, Sikhs, nuns, and two 17-year-old girls named Samantha top the list.
Our First Amendment freedoms of speech, religion, and association are what allow Americans to live together in harmony despite widely diverging views.
No, it’s not the 1800s. It’s a twenty-first-century government with apparently nothing better to do than threaten Native Americans over owning molted eagle feathers.
Religious liberty is often treated like the eccentric uncle of the human-rights family. It shouldn’t be. We need it now, perhaps, more than ever.
This Christmas, our government should demand that the Castro brothers end their decades-long reign of terror.
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