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Stories about Religion

18 June 2018

Guyana's LGBT community hosts its first ever gay pride parade

"#Guyana is the only South American country where homosexuality is still illegal. It just held its first LGBT Pride parade. Let's hope decriminalisation is next..."

15 May 2018

A Beijing-Vatican deal could bolster China's persecution of religion, warns Hong Kong cardinal

"Any agreement on the side of the Vatican may be seen as collaboration with the government to persecute our own people; that’s terrible," says Cardinal Joseph Zen.

7 May 2018

Tweeting out Japan's idiosyncratic folk customs

Fish heads, jumping frogs and conjugal foxes: one Twitter account takes a look at arcane folk traditions from every corner of Japan.

1 May 2018

Senior Vatican Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on sexual offence charges in Australia

"Sending love to all those victims who will be giving evidence. It takes an enormous amount of strength to stand up like this."

28 April 2018

Why pilgrims from India and Nepal throng to see an orchid that blooms in April

According to local legend and tradition, the Salahesh Fulbari garden in eastern Nepal is the place to be on the Nepali New Year's Day.

12 April 2018

PHOTOS: Celebration as High Court Deems Trinidad & Tobago ‘Buggery’ Law ‘Unconstitutional’

"In the end, whether or not the court's ruling managed to change anyone's mind, LBGT+ and religious activists stood side by side on the steps of the Hall of Justice..."

11 April 2018

Trinidad & Tobago's LGBT Community Speaks Out as Court Decision on ‘Buggery’ Law Approaches

"Religion must not trump reason when it comes to basic human rights."

4 April 2018

On Pakistani Activist Raza Khan, Four Months After His Disappearance

The Bridge

"How could a man who never raises his voice, hardly argues, politely manages disagreements, and has not hurt any being pose a threat? What would anyone gain from his disappearance?"

20 March 2018

Anti-Islam TV Spot in the Netherlands Has Dutch Calling for More Love, Less Hate

"Everyday we need to tell each other that their hatred will be defeated by the intrinsic need for peace; to live together; not to hate each other; but to love."

9 March 2018

Pastor's Reduced Sentence for ‘Sex With Minors’ Casts Cloud Over International Women's Day in Jamaica

"Disgraced Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke got a slap on the wrist...He egregiously breached the trust and confidence of the people who look to him as a man of the clergy..."

7 March 2018

Sri Lanka Declares a State of Emergency Following Anti-Muslim Violence

"For 30 years, Sri Lanka, you witnessed the streets running red with the blood of your children. Have you forgotten the loss? The fear? The pain? Have you learned nothing?"

3 March 2018

Iran's Ahwazis Continue to Suffer as Two More Disappeared Activists are Executed

The cruelty, injustice and lack of due process against Iran's Ahwazis continue: several deaths remain shrouded in mystery, with the added horror of families being denied burial rights.

1 March 2018

Did the Macedonian Orthodox Church Really Start a ‘Crusade’ Against a UNESCO-Protected World-Heritage Custom?

An attempt to preach against UNESCO-protected wearing traditional white and red good luck charms by the Macedonian Orthodox Church seems to have backfired.

23 February 2018

Photoshopped Image of Christ Reveals Limits of Spain's Right to Free Expression

Advox

The fine imposed on a young man from Andalucia opened an intense debate about censorship in Spain.

20 February 2018

Malaysian Government Ad Used Barking Rooster to Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog

"This department needs to be more cultured or exposed to the understanding of other cultures. This is really embarrassing and reflects the ignorance of your department."

12 January 2018

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Preach Hate? An American Fundamentalist Pastor Tests Jamaica’s Limits

"Allowing this American pastor into Jamaica, and giving him platforms at schools to spread his lies would threaten the fundamental rights of Jamaican women, children, and LGBT people."

9 January 2018

The Draft Budget That Inflamed Protests in Iran

"You’ve turned as all into beggars. Please tell Mr. Khamenei, tell the president, tell everyone, tell them we are desperate. We don’t need this revolution. We hate the clerics."

7 January 2018

Corruption and Poverty Lead to Rage and Despair in Iran

"The members of parliament need to know that they are accountable to the people, that they represent the people, and that the eyes of the people are upon them."

2 January 2018

‘I Now Feel Free and Can Live My Life.’ Australian Commission Gives Voice to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

After five years, Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse issued its final recommendations. For many, its real achievement was creating space for survivors to be heard.

27 December 2017

In Hopeful Step Toward Reconstruction, Iraq's Mosul Celebrates First Christmas Since Fall of ISIS

"Iraq would not be without its Christians, Yazidis, and other communities."

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