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· December, 2016

Stories about Religion from December, 2016

31 December 2016

Malaysians Can Have Their Cake and Eat It Too Inside McDonald's — But Only If It's Halal

"Has halal political correctness gone overboard? Will we one day see moral police invading houses to ensure that we are eating only halal food? When will common sense prevail?"

29 December 2016

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Advox

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

28 December 2016

Vietnamese Mother Goddesses Religion Receives UN Recognition

"The worshipping of the Mother Goddesses also contributes to the appreciation of women and their roles in society.”

26 December 2016

Serbian Government Backtracks on Russia-Inspired Anti-Abortion Council

"You know the consequence of prohibition of abortion? Profit for the clinics in neighboring countries, and semi-skilled butchers playing with the lives of the poor."

25 December 2016

Breaking a Four-Century Custom That Denied Women Temple Entry in India

"If we all have equal rights and freedom then why such restrictions on women?"

24 December 2016

2016: The Year the Caribbean Was Forced to Confront Its Attitude Towards Women

"We do not talk truthfully among ourselves about [...] harassment. Verbal innuendo and unwanted remarks are part of the culture we do not want to get rid of."

23 December 2016

What Christ Is Born Among Us Today?

The Bridge

"Yes, we are Christians, but we don’t want a Christ that doesn’t look like us...."

19 December 2016

Educators Respond to Plans to Expand Orthodox Education in Russian Schools

RuNet Echo

The proposed course was designed to replace the existing religion curriculum entirely, leaving parents without control over their children’s religious education.

8 December 2016

The Bengali New Year’s Celebration of Democracy and Diversity Is Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage

"As long as Bangladesh lives, there will be this type of New Year's celebration...This is the image of a secular Bangladesh.

7 December 2016

Trinidad & Tobago Shaken—and Stirred—by Strong Earthquake

Trinidad and Tobago lies along a major earthquake fault line, so the tremor wasn't all that surprising -- but netizens still saw humour in the midst of an unnerving experience.

3 December 2016

Dancehall Directory? A New Yellow Pages Cover Stirs Controversy in Jamaica

"When [they] attacked the Yellow Pages for their representation of this aspect of our culture, they didn’t just attack a genre of music…they attacked an identity, a way of life."

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