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· November, 2009

Stories about Religion from November, 2009

Trinidad & Tobago: Right the Wrongs

Now Is Wow Too says the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister's position on gay rights “leaves much to be desired”.

Chile: Council Rejects Giant Pope Statue in Santiago

The proposed construction of a giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II that was to be placed in a square of the capital city Santiago, was rejected by...

Yemen: The Greatest Journey

Yemeni Omar Barsawad reflects on Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam.

Russia: At Least 25 People Killed in the ‘Neva Express’ Train Crash

An express train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg derailed at 9:34 PM on Friday, Nov. 27, near the town of Bologoye, killing at least 25 people. Below are some...

South Asia: Mass Murder Of Animals

Dipen Bhattacharya at Mukto Mona criticizes the rituals of sacrifices – be it during Kali Puja for Hindus or Eid-ul-Adha sacrifices for Muslims. “Man might need to eat meat, but...

Pakistan: Spare The Animals

Pakistani blog Baithak suggests that people should understand the spirit of religion rather than just following the rituals of sacrificing animals during Eid-ul-Azha: “The purpose of sacrifice is to understand...

Bangladesh, India, Pakistan: One State Solution Week 2009

The One State Solution Blog invites bloggers to express their opinions to redress the problems the Partition of India has created: “it did not achieve the goals or resolve the...

India: Politics And Tolerance

I love life… so I explore quotes Allama Iqbal on the philosophy of Hindu God Rama to showcase that: “India’s biggest strength is it’s secularism and it’s philosophy of tolerance...

Sri Lanka: Transformation Of Buddhism

Daya Dissanayake at Groundviews opines: “In Sri Lanka, the Dhamma preached by the Buddha has gone through many transformations.”

Trinidad & Tobago: On Sex

As a prelude to World AIDS Day, Alien In The Caribbean is “doing a thorough three part exploration of sex and sexuality, particularly in the Caribbean.”

Poland: Catholics Propose Adding Cross to National Emblem

Sylwia Presley reviews the reactions of Polish bloggers to a recent proposal by a Polish Catholic group to include the symbol of the cross in the national coat of arms.

Indonesia: Some groups want to ban ‘2012’ movie

Several regional branches of the Indonesian Ulema Council want to ban the movie ‘2012’ claiming the film's content is “unsuitable to be viewed by Muslims because only Allah knew when...

Thailand: Extravagant temple toilets

Richard Burrow from Thailand reported that temple toilets at Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai in Samut Prakan have recently built a toilet which cost as much as 5 million baht.

Saudi Arabia: We'll Defend Ourselves – For The Right Reason

In recent weeks a longstanding conflict between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government has expanded to involve Saudi Arabia, which which has been carrying out bombing raids within Yemen....

Serbia: Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Pavle Dies

Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Pavle, died on Sunday, November 15. On Monday, Serbia’s government declared a three-day mourning. Sinisa Boljanovic translates some of the reactions...

Cameroon: On Catholicism, abortion and homosexuality

Rosemary Ekosso discusses the politics of abortion and homosexuality in Cameroon: “As a woman, I have learnt by trial and error (mostly error) not to believe automatically what large groups...

Barbados, Jamaica: The Politics of Homosexuality

“In Barbados we have a long way to go regarding how as a country we want to deal with the issue of homosexuality”: Barbados Underground says “it would be unfortunate...

Africa: Allah is not obliged

Sokari reviews Ahmadou Kourouma's novel, Allah is not obliged: “There are three sets of interwoven stories. The story of Birahima and his many wanderings with different militias across the region...

India: Time To Reclaim The Swastika

Runa at Uber Desi comments on the outrage on the Hindu religious symbol swastika printed on gift papers: “Isn’t it time people broadened their horizons a little to recognize that...

Egypt: Nidal Hassan – Psychiatrist or Psychotic?

Major Nidal Hassan is the US military psychiatrist of Arab origins who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, killing 13 people. He is now facing charges...

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