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Stories about Religion

Peter Telfer, the Trinidadian percussionist who made African drumming a church staple, goes to his Creator

"I remember the first time I heard ‘O Creator’. It woke me up because [...] it was our rhythm, it was our chant, it resonated with us, a Caribbean people."

Jamaica forced to dump 55,000 doses as COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy persists

"Before [social media] those who were uninformed knew they were uninformed ... now [the] same uninformed listen to two fake news video clips [and] pronounce themselves experts."

In Turkey, religious cleric joins calls to censor social media

Ali Erbas, the head of the Religious Affairs Directorate in Turkey suggests using Islamic jurisprudence to control social media platforms.

After weeks of hesitancy and soaring COVID numbers, Jamaicans crowd vaccination centres

With the presence of the Delta variant confirmed, soaring rates of new COVID-19 infections, and the availability of the Pfizer vaccine, Jamaicans finally seem ready to get over vaccine hesitancy.

An eight-year-old boy is the youngest person ever accused of blasphemy in Pakistan’s history

An eight-year-old Hindu boy has become the youngest person ever to be charged under Pakistan's blasphemy laws after he intentionally urinated in an Islamic religious school library.

Alleged cutting of Rastafarian girl’s locks by police leaves Jamaicans wondering if they are truly emancipated

Rastafarians have been historically mistreated in Jamaica, and the forcible cutting of the young woman's hair has brought up unresolved issues.

Religious cleric criticizes Turkey's women's volleyball team for their appearance in Tokyo Olympics

Turkey's women's volleyball team, known as the "Sultans of the Net," beat China 3–0 during a Tokyo Olympics match on July 25.

Instagram question on the intersectionality of Pride and religion in Trinidad & Tobago raises issue of gender ideology

While Trinidad and Tobago's Roman Catholic archbishop agrees that we're all children of God, he has called gender ideology "neo-colonialist," raising the ire of some LGBTQ+ activists.

The year of the ‘orange handkerchief’ for State-Church separation in Argentina

With the slogan "Church and State: Different Matters," this campaign fights for the establishment of a secular Argentine State that does not allocate public funds for the Catholic Church.

The imprisonment of the ‘Lucky Family': How Chinese authorities detained and sentenced a whole birthday party

A birthday party among friends and family resulted in several arrests on suspicion of extremism in Xinjiang, as authorities in China continue to surveil and detain Uyghurs and Kazakhs.

Czechia's Muslim women celebrated Ramadan with mixed experiences

How do Muslim women feel in Prague, and how does Female Ramadan in Prague go?

Amid Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, a look at the Muslim presence in the Caribbean

New generations of Caribbean Muslims are being born and raised in the diaspora, creating a type of religious hybrid that sometimes puts traditional approaches under strain.

Burqa ban in Sri Lanka would undermine national security and human rights

Many in Sri Lanka and abroad are condemning the impending ban on wearing burqas and other full-face coverings in public as a breach of human rights.

Angolan government bans Brazilian TV channel, alleging ‘irregularities’

The government justified the suspension of Record TV África with the fact that its executive director was a "non-national" citizen. The network has since replaced him with an Angolan director.

As legislative elections draw to a close, will the Congress Party reclaim Assam state from the BJP?

The Indian National Congress (INC) ruled Assam's legislative assembly from 1951 to 2016 when control switched to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In Kenya, abortion focus obscures legislation towards safe reproductive healthcare services

Tagged “the abortion bill” by its opponents, the Reproductive Healthcare bill of 2019 is, in fact, a comprehensive document that only mentions termination of pregnancy in five articles.

Iran's oppression of its Christians tears daughter from convert parents

The court ruling denying Sam Khosravi and his wife custody of their adopted daughter after converting to Christianity is one way the state's utilizes the judiciary to clampdown on minorities.

Barbadian pop superstar Rihanna gets flak for wearing pendant of Hindu god in lingerie post

While some social media users felt the photo was disrespectful and tone deaf, others thought the controversy was much ado about nothing.

Why can't women be marriage registrars in Bangladesh?

A recent court rule in Bangladesh denying women to be marriage registrars has sparked heated debates as women and human rights activists question the basis of the judgement.

What drives ‘J-Anon’, QAnon's Japanese counterpart?

Donald Trump seems to have found supporters amid Japan's religious cults.

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