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· January, 2013

Stories about Religion from January, 2013

The ‘Vishwaroopam’ Ban: Attack on Freedom of Speech?

The screening of Kamal Haasan's big budget Bollywood movie Vishwaroopam was banned in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu after Islamic organizations protested the depiction of the Muslim community. Actor-Director...

Pakistan’s Forgotten Hindu Heritage

Shiraz Hassan recently visited dilapidated temples and gurdwaras of Rawalpindi and appeals that these old heritage sites, which depict the secular past of the country, need to be preserved. There...

A Couple's Civil Marriage Rejected in Lebanon

A secular marriage in Lebanon is still not possible, but a couple's claim to the contrary reignites the debate and hope for partisans of civil marriage.

Tibetans Outraged by Chinese TV Drama on Tibet

A recent TV drama, Tibet's Secret, has outraged many Tibetans who criticize that the director Liu Depin for distorting Tibetan culture and religion. As the drama was broadcasted in the...

Naming the Victims of the Algerian Hostage Crisis

If the press have the energy to expose the names of victims and their pictures, why can't they pour the same energy into covering the information and wisdom that would...

Parallels Between Religious and Copyright Wars

Rick Falkvinge, the founder of Pirate Party, reinterprets the wars of religion that devastated Western Europe in the XVI and XVII centuries in terms of the current struggle to control...

Apostasy Case against Saudi Activist Dismissed

‘The apostasy case against Saudi activist Raif Badawi has been dismissed, his lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair said on Twitter today. “It was not proven to the judges that the accused...

Diplomatic Passports for Religious Representatives in Brazil?

The Ministry of External Relations issued diplomatic passports to the heads of the evangelical World Church of the Power of God, sparking a discussion on the notion of secularism enshrined...

Traditional Hutsul Celebration of Epiphany in Ukraine

Photographer Maxim Balandyukh posted a photo report [uk] from the traditional Hutsul celebration of Epiphany (a religious holiday commemorating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River; Vodokhreshcha in Ukrainian)...

Sant'Egidio Community Helps Free Senegalese Hostages

Last December, eight Senegalese prisoners were freed following long negotiations led by the Sant'Egidio community. The hostages were taken by guerrillas who have been fighting for independence in Casamance, Senegal's...

PHOTOS: Pakistan's Countrywide Shia Solidarity Protests End Peacefully

After the bombings in Quetta killed more than 100 people of the Hazara Shia community, protests spread like fire across Pakistan. People from all sects and tribes joined hands together...

“We Are All Hazara” Protests Across Pakistan

Thousands across Pakistan and worldwide are showing solidarity with the Shia Hazara minority, as their sit-in protest enters its second day in the country's southwestern city, Quetta.

Gay Man Lynched in Northern Cameroon

Oscarine Mbozo’a reports [fr] on L'Actu that one gay man and his companion were lynched at a market on January 6, 2013 in Maroua, Northern Cameroon : Goche Lamine, a medical...

Dueling Demonstrations Surround Same-Sex Marriage in France

For several months there has been a raging debate in France surrounding 'universal marriage' (i.e. same-sex marriage). Those who oppose same-sex marriage Commitment 31 want for the whole nation, not...

Female Yemeni Writer Harassed for “Disrespect of Religion”

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