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· January, 2014

Stories about Religion from January, 2014

30 January 2014

New Spanish Cardinal Believes that Homosexuality is a “Defect”

"With all respect I am saying that homosexuality is a defective way of expressing sexuality," said the Spanish cardinal Fernando Sebastián Aguilar.

26 January 2014

Cries of Discrimination as Israel Detains Undocumented African Immigrants

Many have fled their home countries for Israel and are seeking refugee status. The detentions have unleashed a wave of demonstrations in Tel-Aviv.

Pig Photos Censored in Malaysia

Photos of pigs were blackened out by a printing company in the Malaysian edition of the New York Times. The 'pig censorship' shocked many people in the Muslim-majority nation

22 January 2014

Traditional Puerto Rican Saint Sebastian Street Festival Fills Every Corner of Old San Juan

The festival has lost much of its religious character, and has transformed more into a city festivity that attracts more than 300,000 people annually.

20 January 2014

Despite Controversial Past, Indian PM Candidate Narendra Modi's Star on the Rise

Chief Minister of India's western state Gujarat Narendra Modi is a polemic figure for his hotly debated role in the deadly 2002 riots in the state between Hindus and Muslims.

19 January 2014

Saudi Arabia Jails Palestinian Poet for ‘Atheism and Long Hair’

Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh is in a Saudi prison, allegedly for spreading atheism - and having long hair. Mona Kareem reports

18 January 2014

Blogger and Commando Argue Russian Terrorism

RuNet Echo

As the Sochi Olympics approach, some bloggers argue about who is behind terrorist attacks, most of which take place in the part of Russia closest to the games.

12 January 2014

Hockey, Diving for Crosses and Other Christmas-in-January Traditions

While Christians in the Western hemisphere celebrate Christmas in December, most Orthodox and Coptic Christians mark the birth of Christ in early January, from Eastern Europe to North Africa.

French Restaurant In Pakistan Closed For Not Allowing Pakistanis

9 January 2014

How Should Middle Eastern Women Dress in Public?

This question, posed by a University of Michigan study, is drawing laughs – and criticism online.

Hindus Attacked in Bangladesh for ‘Crime’ of Voting

"Wasn't the election for everybody? So why are Hindus being targeted? Or did only Hindus vote? So are they not free to exercise their rights?"

8 January 2014

Prominent Russian Actor Asks Putin to Recriminalize Sodomy

RuNet Echo

A prominent Russian actor, Ivan Okhlobystin, is making headlines for his latest homophobic act: a public letter addressed to Vladimir Putin, asking the President to recriminalize sodomy in Russia.

7 January 2014

A Call for African Leaders to Stand with the Central African Republic

Bibles Seized in Malaysia for Using ‘Allah’ to Refer to God

A Malaysian law banning non-Muslims from using the word Allah in religious publications was invoked by an agency when it confiscated 300 bibles in a Christian missionary office