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· December, 2011

Stories about Religion from December, 2011

Colombia: Christmas for Children at ‘The House of the Hummingbird’

  26 December 2011

Mike, in his blog about Bogotá, posts pictures of Christmas at La Casa del Colobrí (“The House of the Hummingbird”), which “supports many poor families who live in central Bogotá – in particular families who were displaced when the old Cartucho neighborhood was bulldozed to create the Tercer Milenio Park.”

Iran: Blogger May Face Death Penalty

  22 December 2011

Several bloggers and news sites reported [fa] that Mohammad Reza Pour Shajari, a jailed blogger , may face charge of ‘Waging War Against God’ (moharebeh). A death sentence can be pronounced in this case. He criticized Islam and Islamic Republic in his blog, Iran Land's Report.

Iran: ‘Pure comments campaign’

  19 December 2011

Iranian officials are going to launch a “pure comments campaign” against blasphemy and pornography. Khoshnevis says [Fa] that 1000 individuals have been recruited to put comments on “dirty websites and blogs”  to “diss-effect” their content.

Barbados: remembering “Hitch”

  19 December 2011

Barbados-based B.C. Pires posts his reflections on the death of writer Christopher Hitchens: “for all his flaws … worth a few hundred pastors and priests to me, perhaps a few thousand.”

Brazil: Bishop Points Out Rape as Women's Excuse for Abortion

  17 December 2011

Luis Soares, from the blog Pragmatismo Político (Political Pragmatism) quotes [pt] Bishop of Guarulhos, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Luiz Gonzaga Bergonzini, who said that “women lie when they say they were raped”. In the bishop's mind, he adds, women lie in order to have abortions, because the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Online Petition Against Offensive Ad

  16 December 2011

Globewriter is heartened that Project Runway winner, Anya Ayoung-Chee, has “[thrown]her weight against hate” by signing a petition “to demand the Trinidad Express apologize for running an offensive advert that, among other things, described LGBT people as ‘broken’”, and urges you to do the same.

Trinidad & Tobago: Dangerous Ad

  15 December 2011

Bloggers from Trinidad and Tobago voice their outrage at a newspaper ad that claims to educate people about homosexuality, calling it “a vile advertisement that can only be described as hateful, mean spirited and a pack of lies.”

El Salvador: Visiting El Calvario Church

  13 December 2011

Fernando Marroquin [es] posts pictures of El Calvario church in downtown San Salvador. He blogs about the church's history and encourages his readers to get acquainted with San Salvador's historic downtown.

Nigeria: My Interview With Santa Claus

  12 December 2011

Crazy Nigerian interviews Santa Claus: “Me: There’s so much I’ve been dying to ask you…like why don’t you ever come to Nigeria? Santa: Oh, all the houses there don’t have any chimneys. Me: But you can’t expect chimneys in a country that’s hot virtually all year round! Santa: Sorry my...

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Egypt: A Baha’i Blogger's Take on the Elections

  11 December 2011

The Baha’is of Egypt number perhaps only 2,000 people, but over the years the community has faced discrimination and sometimes hostility. Global Voices Online has spoken to Baha’i blogger Wael about the current situation of the Baha’is in Egypt and the changes that the elections might bring.

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