Stories about Religion from February, 2017
Obama, Japan's Fiery Start to Spring
Spectacular images of an annual fiery festival in Obama, Japan, that marks the start of spring.
St. Petersburg Stands up for St. Isaac's Cathedral
Despite a variation of the blood libel against protest organizers and pressure from authorities to stand down, St. Petersburg activists continue to stand up for St. Isaac's Cathedral.
Visit by France's Marine Le Pen Leaves Many Lebanese Unimpressed
Marine Le Pen was granted the honor of a State Visit in Lebanon. Here's how she spent it.
Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines
"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."
Islamist Groups Demand Removal of Sculpture in Front of Supreme Court in Bangladesh
Authorities have less than a week to respond to a request that top officials and social media users alike are arguing is unreasonable.
Uproar After a Syrian Judge Says Taking a Second Wife Could Fix ‘Spinsterhood’
"[The decreasing number of men] exacerbates the problem and negatively affects young women and families, given the social norms that stigmatize unmarried women, divorcees, or even widows."
Here Are Some of the Southeast Asian Artifacts in the Met Museum's Public Domain Collection
"Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers..."
Egypt's Religious Reforms Bring Women Preachers to the Pulpit
The Egyptian government is looking to women preachers as part of its campaign to reform religious discourse, but many are unhappy with the move.
‘Tambourine Army’ Gathers Recruits as Jamaicans’ Anger Over Child Sexual Abuse Grows
"I want a different kind of Jamaica for women and girls. And I hope the #TambourineArmy will create that different Jamaica that is needed."
From Vietnam to the US, the Zodiac Is an Important Part of Vietnamese Culture
"...when you meet Vietnamese elders, they don’t ask how old you are as much a lot of the time as your year you were born, your zodiac year..."
Marvel Meets Orishas: A Brazilian Artist Is Turning African Gods Into Superheroes
"For someone born and raised in Bahia, the African influence on our culture goes beyond the religious. It affects our habits, our speech, our food. It's part of our identity."