Religion

Hundreds call for Hagia Sophia to be converted into mosque in Istanbul rally

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Hundreds of people demanded that the historic Istanbul Hagia Sophia museum be converted into a mosque during a rally in Istanbul on May 24. Hurriyet - ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency People gathered outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, in the historical Sultanahmet district, with some carrying signs that read: “Hagia Sophia needs to be reopened as a mosque,” and “Let our lives be ... Read More »

Breaking the chains

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In thrall to an ancient religious law, Jewish women face a lifetime in limbo when their husbands refuse to hand over a special divorce certificate. The Sydney Morning Herald - John Safran Hundreds of Jewish women stare down at a rabbi in a school hall. The Victorian chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia has called a meeting tonight to discuss agunot, ... Read More »

Religious belief cost a baby its life. What a waste. What an idiot

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Today the child would have been in Year 1. A happy six-year-old, covered in a constant smile because of school holidays. Maybe they would have gone to the Easter Show, or camping for the soggy long weekend. No doubt they would have consumed far too much chocolate on Sunday, like many excited youngsters around the world did, and had the ... Read More »

When a mother’s rights clash with the needs of her unborn child

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Pregnant Jehovah’s Witness’ decision to refuse treatment ‘harrowing’ for hospital staff after mother and baby die The recent report of case of a pregnant woman who refused life-saving cancer treatment while heavily pregnant has once again ignited debate within the community about how we should resolve conflicts between a mother’s rights and those of her unborn child. The Canberra Times ... Read More »

Erdogan Raising “Devout Generations”

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“[Education] is now being used to raise an obedient generation that will serve the government.” — Sakine Esen Yilmaz, Secretary General of a secular teachers’ union. Gatestone Institute - by Burak Bekdil Christian Pastor Ahmet Guvener managed to get his daughter, also a Christian, an exemption from mandatory Islamic religious classes in her Turkish school, but he soon found out this ... Read More »

50 Years Later… Once More, Nonviolence

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“Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary.” –Martin Luther King Jr. The Huffington Post – Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these ... Read More »

Pope Francis Warns Large Hadron Collider Could ‘Open Gates Of Hell’ 

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Pope Francis pleaded the scientific community to halt operations on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this morning in an official Vatican release as scientists at the Large Hadron Collider next week are hoping to experiment with a possible connection with a parallel universe outside of our own. WorldNewsDaily - by Bob Flanagan The Pope’s criticism comes days after scientists at the CERN ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Identity Problem

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Pakistan’s “establishment” has chosen to focus solely on the country’s Muslim history, but that has done more harm than good in forging the nation’s identity. FP BY MADIHA AFZAL When you hear about Pakistan, what most often comes to mind? The place where schools, markets, and neighborhoods are routinely bombed? The terrorist haven where Osama bin Laden hid for almost ... Read More »

Chile’s Bishop Juan Barros, linked to sex abuse priest, faces Catholic fury

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Santiago: Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno to protest against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation’s most notorious paedophiles. Anthony Esposito The appointment has sparked outrage from many parishioners and puts into question Pope Francis’ promise to rid the church of ... Read More »