Stories about Religion from August, 2014
Iran's Grand Ayatollah: 3G Internet Is Immoral
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, a prominent Shia scholar, has said 3G Internet is immoral and inhumane, Iranian sites reported on Tuesday. #Iran‘s grand Ayatollah Makarem: “high-speed internet & 3G is against Sharia & moral ethics” http://t.co/kbZ3poSfJH pic.twitter.com/04IPVBXiXK — Omid Memarian (@Omid_M) August 25, 2014 Iran has the highest number of...
Digital Reconstruction of Cambodia's Angkor Wat
The Smithsonian Channel has uploaded a video showing a digital reconstruction of Cambodia's Angkor Wat using 3D image technology. Angkor Wat (Temple City) is a popular tourism destination in Cambodia which used to be the capital of the Khmer Empire in the 12th century. It is also a massive religious...
Do You Have to Be Christian to Be Jamaican?
A Jamaican politician has sparked debate over his comments that "the country has moved too far from God, and has ceased pleasing God."
Pope Francis’ New Wheels Cause a Stir in South Korea
Pope Francis' inaugural visit to South Korea caused a media frenzy, thanks in part to scenes of the pontiff riding around in a Kia, instead of a bulletproof sedan.
Journalist and Democracy Advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla Missing in the Maldives
The prolific social media user is vocal against hatred in the name of religion and has not been shy about criticizing the Maldives Islamist Adhaalath Party and other political parties.
Speaking Out Against the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Caribbean
Mental illness has long been taboo in the Caribbean, but on the heels of American actor Robin Williams' untimely death, regional bloggers explain why it's important to talk about it.
Local Chinese Government Bars Hijabs, Long Beards and Other ‘Abnormal Appearances’ From Public Transport
Some think the temporary measure will become permanent in Karamay, Xinjiang, home to many ethnic Uyghur Muslims. Tensions have at times resulted in deadly clashes between Uyghur activists and authorities.
Religion and Spirituality Get Tech Savvy in India
Indian tech entrepreneurs and start-ups have taken on ventures trying to tap on Indians' passion on religion and spirituality. This raises issues like whether marketing “God’s” products are ethical.
Trinidadians Stand in Solidarity With Gaza on Twitter, on TV and on the Streets
People in Trinidad and Tobago have been showing their support for the Palestinian people through demonstrations on and offline.