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Stories about Religion

20 January 2017

With One More Vote, Trinidad and Tobago Could Ban Child Marriage

Child marriage will likely soon be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, but the country's new legislation isn't likely to end the controversy surrounding the practice.

13 January 2017

Trinidad & Tobago Moves to End Child Marriage, Despite Religious Opposition

"This is not a matter of cultural relativism. It is a matter of cruel criminal behaviour."

6 January 2017

Is the World Ignoring Possible Genocide in Southern Kaduna in Nigeria?

"The level of barbarity was such that pregnant women got their wombs blown out and massacred before their children. And these innocent children were not spared either..."

31 December 2016

Malaysians Can Have Their Cake and Eat It Too Inside McDonald's — But Only If It's Halal

"Has halal political correctness gone overboard? Will we one day see moral police invading houses to ensure that we are eating only halal food? When will common sense prevail?"

29 December 2016

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

28 December 2016

Vietnamese Mother Goddesses Religion Receives UN Recognition

"The worshipping of the Mother Goddesses also contributes to the appreciation of women and their roles in society.”

26 December 2016

Serbian Government Backtracks on Russia-Inspired Anti-Abortion Council

"You know the consequence of prohibition of abortion? Profit for the clinics in neighboring countries, and semi-skilled butchers playing with the lives of the poor."

24 December 2016

2016: The Year the Caribbean Was Forced to Confront Its Attitude Towards Women

"We do not talk truthfully among ourselves about [...] harassment. Verbal innuendo and unwanted remarks are part of the culture we do not want to get rid of."

23 December 2016

What Christ Is Born Among Us Today?

The Bridge

"Yes, we are Christians, but we don’t want a Christ that doesn’t look like us...."

19 December 2016

Educators Respond to Plans to Expand Orthodox Education in Russian Schools

RuNet Echo

The proposed course was designed to replace the existing religion curriculum entirely, leaving parents without control over their children’s religious education.

8 December 2016

The Bengali New Year’s Celebration of Democracy and Diversity Is Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage

"As long as Bangladesh lives, there will be this type of New Year's celebration...This is the image of a secular Bangladesh.

7 December 2016

Trinidad & Tobago Shaken—and Stirred—by Strong Earthquake

Trinidad and Tobago lies along a major earthquake fault line, so the tremor wasn't all that surprising -- but netizens still saw humour in the midst of an unnerving experience.

3 December 2016

Dancehall Directory? A New Yellow Pages Cover Stirs Controversy in Jamaica

"When [they] attacked the Yellow Pages for their representation of this aspect of our culture, they didn’t just attack a genre of music…they attacked an identity, a way of life."

29 November 2016

Meet South Africa's Prophet of Doom…Literally

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

18 November 2016

A Mother’s Fight for Her Son Exposes Lebanon’s Institutionalized Sexism

Fatima Ali Hamze was arrested for refusing to give up custody of her son, sparking what could signal a new women's rights movement in Lebanon.

14 November 2016

Four Animated Videos That Advocate Religious Tolerance and Protection of Child Refugees in Myanmar

There have been intermittent clashes between Buddhist nationalists and Muslim minority groups in several communities, especially in the western part of Myanmar.

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.

5 November 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Census Shows the Demography of Division and the Reality of Illiteracy

Initial results of the Bosnia and Herzegovina census shows that decades of nationalistic politics have entrenched ethnic and religious differences, reconfirming the ethnic cleansing 'gains' from the 1990s war.

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."

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