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· January, 2013

Stories about Religion from January, 2013

31 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

29 January 2013

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...

21 January 2013

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

17 January 2013

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...

16 January 2013

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...

13 January 2013

“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.

8 January 2013

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...