Religion

Turkish elections: Erdogan to hold rally in Sarajevo

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Turkey’s president turns to Bosnia for votes, after EU countries banned Turkey from campaigning among its diaspora. Mersiha Gadzo AlJazeera After three EU countries banned Turkish politicians from campaigning on their soil, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to rally in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) decided to hold a rally in Bosnia’s capital afterAustria, the Netherlands, and Germany – home to Turkey’s largest diaspora – announced that… Erdogan’s rally in… Turkish elections: Erdogan… Read More »

Pope to name 14 new cardinals

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Pope Francis announced on May 20 that he will hold a meeting of the Church’s top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan. Vatican City Hurriyet In the event of a conclave of cardinals to name a new pope, 11 of the new 14 being under 80 years of age would be eligible to take part. “I am happy to announce that on June 29 there will be a consistory meeting to appoint ... Read More »

Faithful should spend every moment of Ramazan in obedience of Allah, says Siraj

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LAHORE : Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq congratulating the nation on the advent of the holy month of Ramazan has counseled every faithful to spend every moment of the sacred month in complete obedience to Allah Almighty in the… Pakistan Observer In his message to the nation on Wednesday, Sirajul Haq said that Ramazan was also an occasion to share the pleasures as well as worries with the fellow beings, to promote feelings of love, brotherhood and… He ... Read More »

Maria Agnesi, the greatest female mathematician you’ve never heard of

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The outmoded gender stereotype that women lack mathematical ability suffered a major blow in 2014, when Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, math’s most prestigious award. Authors: The Conversation An equally important blow was struck by an Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, born 300 years ago this month. Agnesi was the first woman to write a mathematics textbook and to be appointed to a university chair in math, yet her life was marked by paradox. ... Read More »

Family of suicide bombers attack Indonesian churches, at least 13 dead

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A family of six launched suicide attacks on Christians attending Sunday services at three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, killing at least 13 people and wounding 40, officials said. SURABAYA, Indonesia – Reuters Hurriyet Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy and police said the family who carried out May 13’s attacks were among 500 Islamic sympathizers who had returned from Syria. “The husband drove the car, an Avanza, that contained explosives ... Read More »

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis: How the Catholic Church Can Promote Dialogue

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The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon is growing deadlier. The Catholic Church could mediate between Anglophone militants and the state, but clergy have espoused clashing views on key issues. The Church should heal its divides so as to be a neutral arbiter that can broker peace. ICG What’s new? Fighting is spreading between security forces and militants from Cameroon’s English-speaking minority. The government largely rejects Anglophone grievances, while armed militants appear inclined to continue fighting. The Catholic Church, representing nearly a ... Read More »

UK: “Teacher Handbook” Supporting Extremism?

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Sweeping reforms in Britain’s education system are having an unintended dangerous consequence: the infiltration of extremist Muslim influence on the teaching of Religious Studies. Andrew Jones Gatestone Institute This influence is visible in The Oxford Teacher Handbook for GCSE Islam, authored by a small team of educational specialists and Muslim community leaders. The purpose of the manual is to guide British teachers lacking in-depth knowledge of Islam to help their students pass the Religious Studies General Certificate of Secondary Education ... Read More »

Yazidi Massacre in Afrin: Children Killed, Villages Bombed, Temples Destroyed

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Yazidis, a historically persecuted non-Muslim people in the Middle East, are yet again fleeing for their lives — this time from Turkey-backed jihadists invading Afrin in northern Syria. Uzay Tulut The Christian Post Murad Ismael, executive director of Yazda, a relief organization for Yazidi victims of genocide, has alerted the world to the deadly threat posed by Turkish airstrikes many times on his social media accounts and… “We are evaluating what to do when the [whole] city falls, including an option to ask ... Read More »

Saudi women should have choice whether to wear abaya robe, crown prince says

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Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya – the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety – as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince has said. RIYADH – Reuters Hurriyet With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the kingdom has seen an expansion in women’s rights including a decision to allow women to attend mixed public sporting events and the right to drive cars ... Read More »

An American Imam Talks Islam and Money

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf came to America as a child, and learned that prosperity presented its own religious riddles. WealthSimple Feisal Abdul Rauf is a longtime Imam, public intellectual and the author of numerous books about Islam’s place in the West, including What’s Right With Islam is What’s Right with America. There’s a passage in the Bible that says it is more difficult for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a ... Read More »

Religious freedom must not be a green light to discriminate

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As it ponders the role of religious freedom in Australia, the Religious Freedom Review headed by Philip Ruddock would do well to reflect on the real-life scenarios where belief collides with the rights of individuals. Hugh Harris The Canberra Times Should independent schools be able to expel students with gay parents? Should it be lawful for bakers, photographers or florists to refuse same-sex weddings? Yes? No? And why? Providing answers would provide clarity as to the consequences of any proposed ... Read More »

Friday essay: who was Mary Magdalene? Debunking the myth of the penitent prostitute

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Who was Mary Magdalene? What do we know about her? And how do we know it? Dorothy Ann Lee The Conversation These questions resurface with the release of a new movie, Mary Magdalene, starring Rooney Mara in the titular role. The question of how we know about her is a relatively simple one. She appears in a number of early Christian texts associated with the ministry of Jesus. These texts comprise Gospels written in the first and second century of ... Read More »

Presidents Club dinner reveals fatal flaws in how we think about ethics

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The event was bad, the timing was worse. As one industry after another was being exposed for sexism, the #metoo campaign gathered momentum and the British celebrated the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, the Presidents Club in London held a black tie charity dinner. Nick Spencer Brisbane Times For men only. An undercover journalist snuck in as one of the many specially-hired young table “hosts” at the dinner in January, wearing near-identical skimpy black dresses. Through the night ... Read More »

Princess Diana beats Virgin Mary as nation’s best mum

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She may be dearly loved and revered, but Princess Diana is not yet the focus of prayer for millions around the world. Harry Farley Christian Today And yet the Duchess of Wales comfortably beat the Virgin Mary as the ideal mother, according to a Church of England poll ahead of Mothering Sunday. With one in 20 (five per cent) naming Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother as the ideal figure, Diana was easily the most popular single choice. In fact ... Read More »

Antisemitism: how the origins of history’s oldest hatred still hold sway today

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Antisemitism is on the march. From the far-right demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their “Blood and Soil” chants and their “Jews will not replace us” placards to attacks on synagogues in Sweden, arson attacks on kosher restaurants in France and a spike in hate crimes against Jews in the UK. Gervase Phillips The Conversation Antisemitism seems to have been given a new lease of life. The seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East have made the problem worse as they ... Read More »

Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws which have Christian values

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Justin Welby said Sharia law should never become part of the UK legal system His predecessor Lord Williams had said Sharia law could be incorporated Welby said British law had ‘values and assumptions’ rooted in Christian traditions By Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail MailOnLine Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday. Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws, which have developed over 500 ... Read More »