Religion

Let’s call child sexual abuse in the church what it is: Catholic extremism

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I’m taken with Abbott’s notion that we need to correctly name a challenge in order to meet it. Kristina Keneally The Guardian Bland labels allow abusers to hide behind their institution. Call it the Abbott Test for Moral Action. We can’t defeat a threat until we properly identify and name it, and the most important threats are those that have already proven… Former prime minister Tony Abbott led a chorus of voices last week demanding that political leaders define recent ... Read More »

Bernard-Henri Levy: ‘I’ve always found it quite shocking and beautiful to speak to one’s enemy’

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Interview / ‘Coming to the aid of the other is an unconditional commandment’ On recent trip to Israel, French-Jewish intellectual promoted his new book on Judaism and explained what it’s like to be a modern-day Jonah By PIERRE-SIMON ASSOULINE The Times of Israel French-Jewish celebrity intellectual Bernard Henri-Levy was in Israel recently for a whirlwind of events which included the promotion of his new book on Judaism and the presentation of a new documentary on the Iraqi city of… Bernard-Henri ... Read More »

It’s Not Islam That Drives Young Europeans to Jihad, France’s Top Terrorism Expert Explains

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Olivier Roy, one of France’s top experts on Islamic terrorism, tells Haaretz how assailants like Salman Abedi in Manchester turn into ‘new radicals’ who crave… Davide Lerner Haaretz ANKARA – Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert this week, started life advantageously enough: to parents who had fled Gadhafi’s Libya for a new life in… But actually it was that kind of dislocation that would send him off kilter two… It’s Not Islam… Read More »

When mosques refuse to bury Muslim terrorists

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The Manchester Central Mosque has declined to be involved in Salman Abedi’s funeral. Yasmeen Serhan The Atlantic SBS The decision is hardly unprecedented. More than a week has passed since 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated an explosive outside a concert at the Manchester Arena, killing himself and 22 concert-goers and… Still, Abedi’s remains have reportedly not been buried. This carries particular significance for a… When mosques refuse… Read More »

50 years on, what The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper teaches us about music

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It was 50 years ago today. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. Andy Walton Christian Today Arguably the Beatles’ most celebrated album, it was unleashed onto an unsuspecting world in June 1967. Though there had been hints of the thousand new directions the band was about to take on previous records, Sgt. Pepper was a quantum leap. The orchestral grandeur of A Day In The… 50 years on… Read More »

90 people were murdered by Isis in Kabul yesterday. Where is the minute’s silence for them?

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How many Muslims do Isis need to kill for us to realise that perhaps Islam isn’t the problem? Thaslima Begum Independent It was the holy month of Ramadan. After a long day of fasting, she had begged her mother to take her to the popular Al-Faqma ice-cream parlour situated in Baghdad’s bustling Karrada district on Tuesday. But what had started as a joyful family night out – ended in sudden tragedy. The call to prayer was replaced by a… 90 ... Read More »

Christianity does not play a significant role in Australian politics, but cultural conservatism does

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Debates about same-sex marriage and Catholic school funding suggest that religion plays an important role in Australian… Geoffrey Robinson The Conversation But Australian political religion functions largely as an expression of a general cultural conservatism and institutional self-interest, rather than as an expression of personal religious… For many Australians religion is about truth: Jesus was the son of God who… Christianity does not… Read More »

Religious scholars issue unanimous fatwa declaring suicide attacks Haram

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ISLAMABAD: Religious scholars from all schools of thought on Saturday issued a fatwa (religious decree) that declared suicide attacks, armed… TheNews The fatwa carrying signatures of 31 noted scholars was released at a seminar “’Reconstruction of Pakistani society in the light of ‘Mithaq-e-Madina’ (Charter of… The event was organised by the Islamic Research Institute of the International… Religious scholars issue… Read More »

Belgrade authorities demolish illegal mosque ahead of Ramadan

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BELGRADE: Local authorities demolished an illegal mosque on the outskirts of Belgrade after Serbian police secured the area in a pre-dawn action on Friday, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, despite protests by local Muslims and… Reuters Arab News The construction of a two-story mosque without a minaret in the Zemun Polje neighborhood started in 2014 even though the authorities had refused to grant it a… On Thursday, the authorities attempted the… Belgrade authorities demolish… Read More »

Jakarta’s former governor Ahok dropping appeal against jail sentence for blasphemy

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The wife of Jakarta’s former governor has wept while explaining to the press why her husband has decided not appeal against his… Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley ABC Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed for two years for blasphemy earlier this month and originally said he would appeal against the decision in a… But the Christian and ethnic Chinese Governor, best known as Ahok, has announced through his lawyers he would accept the… Jakarta’s former governor… Read More »

Why Trump’s First Trip Is Focusing on Faith

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Trump’s administration recognizes that ideas and identity still have power, and need to be understood. Alberto M. Fernandez The National Interest Despised by so many among the American political and cultural elite, President Trump paradoxically still has a tremendous opportunity during his first overseas trip to begin to forge a… Given that most media coverage of President Trump is negative, it is no… Why Trump’s First… Read More »

Pope Francis arrives in Portugal to canonise children at Fátima shrine

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Pontiff hopes message of young shepherds who saw Virgin Mary apparition 100 years ago still resonates with Catholics Associated Press in Rome The Guardian Pope Francis has arrived in the Portuguese town of Fátima to honour two children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic church. Tens of thousands of devotees lined the pontiff’s route and tossed petals as his motorcade drove… Pope Francis arrives… Read More »

Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles

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Media group consents to judgment as part of settlement with Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, after paper said he had not condemned Paris attacks Christopher Knaus The Guardian Australia’s grand mufti has won a defamation case over News Corp articles depicting him as an “unwise” monkey and asserting he had failed to condemn the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. News Corp consented to the judgment as part of a confidential… Australia’s grand mufti… Read More »

Pope Francis in Egypt in push for ‘fraternity’

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Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on April 28 to promote “unity and fraternity” with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist… Hurriyet The visit is a “voyage of unity and fraternity,” the pontiff told reporters before he disembarked in Cairo airport to be greeted by Catholic priests and Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif… It is “less than two days but very intense,” he… Pope Francis in… Read More »

John Safran says Australia’s far right movement is a ‘melting pot’

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Members of Australia’s far-right movement are not all white-skinned neo-Nazis, but instead from a diverse range of backgrounds, including recent migrants and… Lateline ABC After attending a United Patriots Front rally in Victoria, Safran said he was surprised to see a racially diverse mix of members and… The result is his latest book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist, in which he… John Safran says… Read More »

The discovery of alien life may be close. How will religion survive it?

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Encounters with new worlds and new life will present religions with the ultimate theological conundrum. But they will adapt, as they have done… Santhosh Mathew The Guardian About two decades ago, it was quite uncertain whether stars other than our own sun even hosted their own… However, according to Nasa, the latest count of confirmed exoplanets stands at around 3,500 – and… The discovery of… Read More »