Religion

Israel: An inspiration for Trump

Israel - Al Jazeera

Israel has set a great example of racist bans and walls for Trump to follow. Yasmeen Elkhoudary Al Jazeera News The past week has been distressingly sad, following the outrageous news coming from the United States featuring Muslims who are affected by President Donald Trump’s racist Muslim ban. Reading about the… Israel: An inspiration… Read More »

Why Donald Trump Is Right – And Brave – To Get Rid Of The Johnson Amendment

Church - Christian Today

When the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie asked worshippers at St Paul’s Cathedral in a service intended to mark Britain’s victory in the Falklands War to pray for the dead of both sides, the right wing erupted in fury. Ruth Gledhill Christian Today His sermon was seen as meddling in politics and an attack on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. If Britain had its… Why Donald Trump Is… Read More »

World Hijab Day: Women show solidarity with Muslims by covering their heads

World Jihab Day - ABC

Women around the world have been sharing pictures of themselves wearing a hijab in support of Muslim women on World Hijab Day on February 1. ABC “I’m so happy to be a part of promoting peace and understanding,” one woman wrote. “It was a wonderful… World Hijab Day: Women… Read More »

Pagoda problems: the decline of Buddhism in Cambodia

Cambodia - SEA Globe

As Cambodia modernises and sex and drug scandals rock the monkhood, the famed saffron robes no longer command the respect they once did Jeremy Meek Southeast Asia Globe Magazine In 1959, May Mayko Ebihara became the first American to write an anthropological dissertation on Cambodian village life. Published in two volumes… Pagoda problems: the… Read More »

Role of women central to necessary reforms within Islam

Women - Irish Examiner

ARE we too complacent in Ireland about the threat of radical Islam? TP O’Mahony Irish Examiner An illegal immigrant scam at Dublin airport suggests so. On this, World Hijab… Role of women… Read More »

Bangladesh plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to prevent ‘intermingling’

Bangladesh - ABC

Bangladesh has resurrected a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine State to a flooded island in the Bay of Bengal to prevent them from “intermingling” with Bangladeshi citizens. ABC The United Nations says around 69,000 people have fled the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine to Bangladesh since attacks that killed nine Myanmar border police on October 9. The attacks, believed to… Bangladesh plans to… Read More »

Violence without religion is just as terrifying

Opinion

One of the outstanding national security and government issues of the current western environment is political and religious inspired terrorism. Kendall Galbraith On Line Opinion This makes other criminal and violent behavior and its motivations a somewhat lesser evil when measured in the public domain. Terrorism motivated by… Violence without religion… Read More »

Drop The ‘Islamophobia’ Narrative

Islam - The Daily Caller

The unreal word of “Islamophobia” was all over the Canadian media on Monday as it covered the very real story of a Quebec City mosque shooting attack of the night before. David Krayden The Daily Caller Even before the facts were known and even while the Quebec provincial police, who did not seem to have a grip on the investigation, looked ridiculous by first identifying two assailants and then saying that one of them was only a… Drop The ‘Islamophobia’… Read More »

Pope Francis: You cannot reject refugees and call yourself a Christian

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Pope Francis condemned the hypocrisy from Christians who are merciless to refugees and people of other faiths, addressing a gathering of a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, reports Catholic News Service. Kenneth Lipp U.S. Uncut Francis rebuked “the contradiction of those who want to… “This is not… Pope Francis: You… Read More »

Blasphemy laws desecrate democratic rights

Opinion

Two religious communities have shown us the cross roads for free speech at which we have arrived. Amanda Stoker On Line Opinion The Grand Mufti of Australia, leader of the Muslim faith in this country, called for section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to be expanded to make it unlawful for a person to (among other things) offend or insult a… Blasphemy laws desecrate… Read More »

Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art that’s dying

Varmakalai - Asia Times

Considered the ‘master’ of martial arts, varmakalai uses ‘vital spots,’ or pressure points, both to hurt and to heal. Its practitioners in southern India guard its secrets closely, even as the practice dwindles Anusha Venkat Asia Times A simple stroke of a trained finger can be lethal, according to practitioners of Varmakalai, which translates into English as “art of vital points.” Targeted at the right spot, or… Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art… Read More »

Senate committee urged to ensure civil celebrants won’t refuse services to same-sex couples

Same sex - ABC

A Senate committee has been urged to ensure civil celebrants cannot refuse services to same-sex couples due to religious or conscientious objections. Henry Belot and Alex Beech ABC The committee will consider changes to the Marriage Act despite the Government’s plebiscite bill being defeated and number of Coalition MPs remaining opposed to a direct vote in Parliament. The inquiry — launched by… Senate committee urged to… Read More »

Think The Muslim Australia Day Billboard Should Be Re-instated? Think Again

Muslim - New Matilda

A public campaign backing the use of photos of Muslim children on an Australia Day billboard has received widespread support. Somayra Ismailjee explains why it shouldn’t. Somayra Ismailjee New Matilda A campaign to reinstate ‘Australia Day’ billboards featuring a photograph of two Muslim girls wearing the hijab has raised over $165,000. The initiative has been… Think The Muslim Australia… Read More »

Pope reaffirms zero tolerance to child abuse

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Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s adherence to a ‘zero tolerance’ of child abuse by members of the clergy in a letter to his bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Caleb Cluff The Courier The feast day, held on December 28, is usually reserved by… Pope reaffirms zero… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media as retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn stands next to him at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2W2D8

Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

Parties can’t use religion, caste to win votes: Indian court

India - Asia Times

Landmark ruling comes ahead of polls in five states, including UP, where BJP has pledged to build a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site Asia Times In a landmark judgement on Monday, India’s Supreme Court said political parties cannot seek votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language. The ruling came Parties can’t use… Read More »