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Stories about Religion

29 November 2016

Meet South Africa's Prophet of Doom…Literally

"Doom is the answer brothers and sisters lets bow our heads and sPray."

14 November 2016

After 200,000 Join Violent Protest in Indonesia, Questions Follow About Defending Islam

The rally, organized by the conservative Islamic Defenders Front, turned violent, and many have since compared the unrest to riots that rocked Jakarta, the country’s capital, in 1998.

9 November 2016

There's a Scary Pattern of Phony Facebook Posts Used as an Excuse to Attack Hindus in Bangladesh

A worrying pattern of violence targeting Hindu communities and other minorities continues in Bangladesh.

3 November 2016

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu Says ‘No’ to Iran's Hijab Rule, and Social Media Rallies Behind Her

"Heena Sidhu pulls out of the Asian Airgun Championships in Iran because of a compulsory hijab rule. A ridiculous rule. And, a brave stance."

28 October 2016

Yet Another Scandal for Russia's Orthodox Church as Clergyman Is Spotted Wearing $40K Rolex

RuNet Echo

The Russian Orthodox Church has another scandal on its hands, or rather on the wrist of one of its top clergyman in St. Petersburg.

26 September 2016

Jordanian Authorities Impose Media Gag After Writer's Killing

Global Voices Advocacy

Jordanian authorities have banned media coverage of the assassination of Nahed Hattar, a writer who was shot dead on September 25 by a gunman in the capital Amman.

25 September 2016

Polish Lawmakers Move Forward With a New Abortion Ban That Critics Say Will Be ‘Hell for Women’

Poland's “Black Protest” movement picks up steam, after lawmakers vote to proceed with legislation that will criminalize abortions in nearly all circumstances, threatening women and doctors with prison.

13 September 2016

Many See Ethnicity-Based Discrimination in Nepali Ministry’s Ban on Using an Imported Holy Scarf

"I totally agree if the ban is imposed on all unnecessary imported goods, but taking a target only on Khada is outrageous and unacceptable."

8 September 2016

Algerian Court Upholds Conviction of Activist Jailed for Insulting Islam on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite having his sentenced decreased by two years, Bouhafs will still remain in jail for expressing his views.

Russia's Pokemon-Go-Playing Atheist Outlaw Has Some Powerful Enemies

RuNet Echo

Out of respect for the blogger, the church says it won't “force Christian forgiveness” or “Christian love,” explaining that he hasn't asked for the former and rejects the latter.

5 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon Gulag

RuNet Echo

Ruslan Sokolovksy’s alleged crime was filming himself playing Pokemon Go inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral. If convicted of the charges, he could go to prison for up to five years.

4 September 2016

Hijab-Wearing Football Club in Thailand's Deep South Is a Space for Diversity

"By starting a football club and encouraging women to join, we are saying to Patani society that women can do the same things men do."

30 August 2016

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

The Bridge

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

29 August 2016

Death Penalty Still Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Who Spoke Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination

Global Voices Advocacy

"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."

24 August 2016

The ‘Different Yet Equal’ Protest Politics of Sri Lanka

The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community.

18 August 2016

The Crocodile's Got to Go? A Jamaican Bishop Blames the Country's Coat of Arms for Crime

"We have a coat of arms that has a crocodile sitting on top of it...Why should we have a crocodile sitting on top of us as a nation?"

15 August 2016

After Landmark Ruling in Belize, Human Rights Groups Hope the Caribbean Tide Is Turning Towards LGBT Equality

"Good law always reflects common sense, and common sense has prevailed in Belize."

7 August 2016

Southeast Asia’s Iconic Mosques, Temples, Pagodas, and Cathedrals

Where can you find the largest Catholic cathedral in Asia, the world's largest religious monument, and the only mosque without a dome? Only in Southeast Asia.

23 July 2016

Amidst Soaring Road Fatalities, a Tragic Accident Spawns Strange Jamaican Tales

A tragic accident on a dangerous but historically significant bridge leads Jamaicans to discuss road safety options -- with a few ghost stories thrown in for good measure.

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