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· May, 2011

Stories about Religion from May, 2011

Thailand: Foreigners banned from getting religious tattoos

Saksith Saiyasombut reacts to the order of a Thai government official banning foreigners from getting religious tattoos in Thailand

Bolivia: Do Massive Religious Images Promote Tourism?

Luis Ramos in Citizen of La Paz [es] writes about two projects in Bolivia to build “the largest religious statue in the world” and asks: “can religious images alone promote...

Philippines: Online campaign to defeat Reproductive Health measure

The Catholic Church has turned to cyberspace in its bid to defeat the proposed Reproductive Health bill now pending in Philippine Congress.

Kenya: Catholic Church Should Cleanse Its House

The Catholic Church in Kenya should cleanse its house, argues Sue at Jamii Ya Kenya blog: “The recent accusation of a priest Renato Kizito of sexually abusing his secretary is...

Indonesia: Tweeting a trial on religious violence

The twitter account @cikeusiktrial was created to monitor the trial of a mob attack against an Ahmadi congregation in Cikeusik Sub District in Indonesia. The attack was witnessed by 30...

Egypt: Religious Minorities after the Revolution

On Mideast Youth, Ahmed Zidan shares this podcast on religious minorities in Egypt after the January 25 revolution.

Bermuda: Gay Rights

“Bermuda has a long history of discrimination rooted in slavery, the restricted vote and racial segregation. Those who championed resistance to these injustices, those who have benefited from their elimination,...

Russia: Peaceful Religious Co-Existence in Tatarstan

At OpenDemocracy.net, Oleg Pavlov writes about Jadidism, “an Islamic movement common among the Muslims in the Volga and Urals region,” and peaceful religious co-existence in Tatarstan.

Kenya: Documentary on child abuse by Catholic priests

Njamba discusses the lastest expose by Irish TV on child abuse by Catholic priests in Kenya: “I just finished watching a 53 minute documentary aired by an Ireland TV station...

Russia: Most Users of Popular Social Network Are Russian Orthodox

Ten million users of the most popular social network in Russian Vkontakte.ru consider themselves Russian Orthodox, news agency Interfax reported. It is the most popular religion on Vkontakte.ru followed by...

Africa: Bloggers Discuss The Failed Rapture

The American Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the Rapture would take place on May 21, 2011, when Christians will be caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus...

Caribbean: Reflections on the Rapture

So the world was supposed to end this past Saturday - at least according to some religious sects. Caribbean bloggers write about how one man's delusion had an impact on...

Cuba: More on “The Student”

More details on the death of Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia, from Without Evasion.

Iran: 30 Bahais are arrested

Azadi Ghlam reports [fa] Iranian security forces arrested 30 Bahais for ‘online university’. The Bahais are barred from higher education and government posts

Bulgaria: People Bring Flowers to Sofia's Mosque

Ruslan Trad (@ruslantrad) writes that people were bringing flowers on Saturday to the mosque in Sofia where clashes between a right-wing group and local Muslims took place the day before.

Bulgaria: Right-Wing Group and Muslims Clash in Sofia

Ruslan Trad reports on the violent clashes that erupted in Sofia during today's nationalist rally against a mosque's loudspeakers, between sympathizers of the nationalist Ataka party and local Muslims.

Cuba: Pastor Speaks Out

Dissident Juan Wilfredo Soto García‘s pastor has a blog and is using it to “raise [his] voice for Juan Wilfredo.”

Afghanistan: “Attorney General Dancing Drunk” scandalous video

The Rumi posts a YouTube scandalous video with Abdul Jabar Sabit, former Afghanistan Attorney General, who “jailed many people in Kabul for calling it crime against Islam”.

Sri Lanka: Buddhism And Its Impact On Governance

A Concerned Citizen at Groundviews criticizes the Sri Lankan leadership’s aggressively defensive behaviour on many issues, which do not represent what the Buddha taught.

Russia: Church of Scientology in Moscow

English Russia re-posts and translates LJ user ottenki-serogo‘s photo report [ru; over 1,300 comments] on the Church of Scientology in Moscow.

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