Religion

Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran

A Christian convert from Islam in Iran has been sent back to prison in spite of suffering long-term health issues. Ruth Gledhill  Maryam Naghash Zargaran, who has gone on hunger strike twice while in prison, had been released last month to get medical treatement after serving three years of a… Source: Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Typecast as a terrorist

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The Long Read: As my acting career developed, I was no longer cast as a radical Muslim – except at the airport by Riz Ahmed To begin with, auditions taught me to get through airports. In the end, it was the other way around. I’m an actor. Since I was a teenager I… Source: Typecast as a terrorist | Riz Ahmed | The Long Read | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj

A bitter war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia intensified on Sept. 7 ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage from which Iranians have been excluded for the first time in decades. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the “incompetence” of the Saudi royal family as he met with the families of victims of a deadly stampede during last year’s hajj. “This incident proves once again that this cursed, evil family does not deserve to be in charge and… Source: Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj – MIDEAST Read More »

Why is Christianity declining?

The number of Christians and cultural strength of Christianity are both declining in the United States. By David Gushee  This decline is noticeable and is affecting church life, culture, and politics. It is also deeply disturbing to most Christians, including me. These descriptive claims are found in my new book, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, just out with… Source: Why is Christianity declining? | Religion News Service Read More »

Burkina Faso: Preserving the Religious Balance

In a troubled region, Burkina Faso is a rare example of religious​ diversity and​ tolerance​.​ But a perceived discrepancy between a significant number of Muslims and their low level of public representation has created tensions. To safeguard Burkina’s model of peaceful coexistence, the… Source: Burkina Faso: Preserving the Religious Balance | International Crisis Group Read More »

The death penalty killed Jesus. Is it killing us, too?

Amid the seismic shifts happening within American Christianity, a growing number of the faithful now oppose the death penalty. By Jonathan Merritt The Catholic Church has long repudiated the death penalty, and many mainline Protestant denominations do too. Though evangelical Christians have generally favored the death penalty, even the… Source: The death penalty killed Jesus. Is it killing us, too? | Religion News Service Read More »

We all have bloody hands

Every Christian who is prepared to give an account of his or her faith – and the Apostle Peter tells us this should be all of us – has heard the charge that religion is behind most wars and that it promotes violence. BARNEY ZWARTZ  Both accusers and defenders often get this fatally wrong. The former tend to exaggerate and conflate all sorts of complex political and… Source: We all have bloody hands | Eternity News Read More »

Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins

The Jesuit cemetery in St. Inigoes, Md., used to be surrounded by tobacco fields. By DAVID J. COLLINS Over the course of roughly 150 years, those fields were worked by hundreds of slaves owned by the Jesuits. In June, I sat in that cemetery, as a priest and a history professor at… Source: Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins – The New York Times Read More »

I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away

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The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? Aheda Zanetti When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was… Source: I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away | Aheda Zanetti | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Gülen and the claim of ‘moderate’ Islam

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“At a time when Western democracies are searching for moderate Muslim voices, I and my friends in the Hizmet [Service] movement have taken a clear stance against extremist violence, from the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaeda to brutal executions by the Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL] to the… Source: Gülen and the claim of ‘moderate’ Islam – MURAT YETKİN Read More »

Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’

François Hollande to meet faith leaders after murder of priest by Islamic State supporters.. Lara Marlowe Paris Correspondent President François Hollande will meet leaders of all French religious communities this morning in the hope of preventing a war of religion after… Source: Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’ Read More »

Australia once banned Catholics from mass and vilified the Irish. Haven’t we learned anything?

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As an Irish Australian, Nick Earls says that when it comes to distinguishing cultural difference from threat, ‘we should be better at this by now’ Nick Earls The Guardian I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and… Australia once banned… Read More »

China’s Muslims under threat of religious persecution

China’s president Xi Jinping, who has been accused of implementing draconian laws against religion since taking office in 2012, spoke directly to Chinese Muslims today – signifying a possible crackdown on a group that has so far avoided his harsh measures.. While visiting a mosque in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia, home to more than two million Muslims, Xi urged Chinese Muslims to practise their religion as part of Chinese society and “carry forward the patriotic tradition”… Source: China’s ... Read More »

Saudi Arabian clerics declare Pokémon ‘un-Islamic’

The fatwa says franchise promotes ‘global Zionism’ but does not mention Pokémon Go.. Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body has renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokémon game franchise is un-Islamic, Saudi media said on Wednesday, although the fatwa made no mention of the successful new Pokémon Go mobile game… Source: Saudi Arabian clerics declare Pokémon ‘un-Islamic’ Read More »

A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative

The Canadian-Muslim Vote, a group established to encourage Muslims to cast ballots in elections, now hope to put a Canadian flag in front of every mosque.. John Geddes Jawad Rathore wants to see a big Canadian flag flying from a prominently positioned flagpole in front of every mosque in the country to send the simple message that Muslims are proud Canadians… Source: A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative Read More »

Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that

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Pauline Hanson’s racist vitriol is legitimised by commentators who urge us to listen to her. My new book When Michael Met Mina looks at other ways to dismantle racism.. The sheer weight of racist legacy and entrenched Islamophobic narratives was made clear to me all too often while researching Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia… Source: Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that | Randa Abdel-Fattah | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »