Tag Archive for beliefs

Turkey’s Elephant in the Room: Religious Freedom

Susanne Gusten, New York Times, Sep.28, www.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/world/europe/turkeys-elephant-in-the-room-religious-freedom.html?_r=1&ref=religionandbelief With his triumphant tour of the countries of the Arab Spring this month, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to set up Turkey on the international stage as a role model for…

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…

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…

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…

Pakistan’s Dangerous Religious Persecution

Doug Bandow, Americal Spectator, Jul.5, spectator.org/archives/2011/07/05/target-pakistan-for-religious# American policy in Central Asia is threatened by Pakistan’s slow surrender to extremism and violence. The growing mistreatment of religious minorities demonstrates that many of Pakistan’s problems are rooted in the spread of hateful…

Christians issue rule book for spreading faith

Robert Evans, Reuters, Jun.28, www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/28/us-religion-conduct-idUSTRE75R36N20110628 A coalition of major Christian churches including the Vatican launched a rule book on Tuesday for spreading their faith that aims to reduce hostility from Islam and other religions to efforts to convert their followers.…

Islamic Center barbecue eases difficult week

Emily Heffter, Seattle Times, Jun.26,  hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WA_ISLAMIC_CENTER_BARBECUE_WAOL-?SITE=ILROR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Confronting stereotypes is nothing new to Muslims at the Islamic Center of Eastside. It’s the very reason they have an open house every few months – to invite in neighbors and “demystify” themselves. Saturday’s…