Tag Archive for belief

Sikh Faith Often Misunderstood

Joe DSowd, Plainview, Sep.16, plainview.patch.com/articles/sikh-faith-often-misunderstood In the Western World, members of the Sikh faith are misunderstood, often thought of as a sect of other faiths, local members say.  To counter those misconceptions, the Sikhs are very open about their beliefs…

Dangers of belief-based workplace opt-outs

Savi Hensman, Ekklesia, Aug. 6, www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15206 The case of a Christian midwife who refused to wear trousers has again drawn attention to debates over faith in the workplace. She had been asked to leave a high dependency unit when she…

Malaysian adverts miss the point of Ramadan

Nazry Bahrawi, The Guardian, Aug.9, www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/aug/09/malaysian-adverts-ramadan The Islamic holy month is a time to connect with, not chastise, non-Muslims. This is lost to some in Malaysia’s media. To opt for a dry throat and a crooning gut when a mere…

Restrictions on Religion Increased in 23 Countries

Nathan Black, Christian Post, Aug. 9, www.christianpost.com/news/report-restrictions-on-religion-increased-in-23-countries-53616/ Nearly a third of the world’s population live in countries where restrictions on religious beliefs and practices increased between 2006 and 2009, a new report reveals. Restrictions, which include social hostilities and government…

One Nation, One Chicago Strives for Interfaith Understanding

James Warren, New York Times, Aug.4, www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/us/05cncwarren.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=Eboo+Patel&st=cse Utsav Ghandi didn’t know that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who devours news cycles like a landlocked tiger shark, recently created an Office of New Americans. The office has elicited scant interest in the local…

Unite against religious violence, says Interfaith Network

Ekklesia, Jul.27, www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15162 The Interfaith Network in the UK has urged religious groups to unite against violence and prejudice following the murder of 76 people in Norway last week. They condemned the killer’s claim to be motivated by Christianity and…

A Baha’i Vision for World Peace

Jonathan Gandomi, Huffington Post, Jul.26, www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-gandomi/a-vision-for-world-peace_b_906540.html “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” wrote Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith in the mid-19th century. “Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.”…

Anders Breivik is not Christian but anti-Islam

Andrew Brown, The Guardian, Jul.24, www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2011/jul/24/norway-anders-behring-breivik-beliefs The Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who shot dead more than 90 young socialists at their summer camp on Friday after mounting a huge bomb attack on the centre of Oslo, has been…

Church of England: respect faith in workplace

Tim Ross, Daily Telegraph, Jul.11, www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8628918/Church-of-England-bishops-meet-ministers-over-chilling-effect-of-equality-laws.html Some employers see quiet displays of religious belief by their staff as being offensive “almost by definition”, the Church’s national assembly, the General Synod, has been warned. Senior Anglicans have raised their concerns in…

Nurseries of tolerance: Hindus in Islamic seminaries

Imran Khan, New Kerala, Jul.7, www.newkerala.com/news/2011/worldnews-22467.html Away from swank colleges and intimidating fee structures, a number of Hindu students in Bihar are lining up at madrassas to pursue higher education, thanks to revamped courses, nominal fees and job opportunities in…