I'd say that I'm procrastinating - but since there's nothing to do over break... I'll say that I'm having fun with random acts of entertainment. Anyhow, I started reading the 2009 Report on International Religious Freedom (from the International Religious Freedom department (under the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor -- which I didn't know even existed!) and I thought I'd share in case anyone else is interested in the state of "religious freedom" in the world. So far I've read most of the "executive summary" which has great paragraph summaries for each country of interest. There is even a section of the "executive summary" about interfaith actions!!
What surprised me most is that the United States is not analyzed at all in the report. I guess the goal of the department is not supposed to be focused on the internal state of affairs... but whose job is it to figure out what's going on in our own country and subject us to the same kind of strict guidelines? I'd really like to know how the US would measure up to its own standards.