Religion

Religion can make us more environmentally friendly – or not

Religion - BBC

You might think that being religious would make you more likely to care about the natural world. Niki Rust BBC News But the truth is not so simple. Eight out of 10… Religion can make… Read More »

Why Americans Shouldn’t Normalize The Hijab

Hijab - The Federalist

The endgame of hijab culture in Islam is totalitarian. Luma Simms The Federalist For all their talk of ‘renegades,’ Playboy and The Huffington Post are hawking the banal conformity of this age: Anything but Western Christendom. In an article on… Why Americans Shouldn’t… Read More »

US-based Turkish businessman urges solid action against Islamophobia

Activism - Daily Sabah

Murat Güzel, a Turkish-American businessman, has urged officials to take more concrete action against Islamophobia and its negative repercussions, while highlighting the need for strengthening U.S.-Turkey relations for a more effective fight against Daesh terrorists. Daily Sabah Güzel made the remarks while addressing the annual convention of the “innovative” wing of the U.S. Democratic Party, on Sunday. Attending the meeting of… US-based Turkish businessman… Read More »

Systematic racism, dehumanisation and Islamophobia

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The destruction and degradation of human life is always insidious and systematic. Roj Amedi The Saturday Paper Once basic values of human life and human rights are eroded by propaganda and falsehoods, society becomes accustomed to performing and entrenching oppression. The voices of… Systematic racism, dehumanisation… Read More »

Does contemporary Japan need religion?

Japan - The Japan Times

“God, Buddha — where are they?” asks Aera magazine. Michael Hoffman The Japan Times At the Cafe de Monku, is one answer. It’s a good… Does contemporary Japan… Read More »

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

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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

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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 »