Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:29
According to the article from Religion Dispatches, former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, ambassador of the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, is now a layperson awaiting criminal trial in the Vatican for sexual abuse of young people. After intensive negative press, the Vatican announced on August 25 that since he was no longer in their service, Wesolowski is not covered under diplomatic immunity and could potentially be extradited presumably to either his native Poland or the D.R. where he had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. There’s always more to a story than meets the eye, and in this case it isn’t pretty.
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 18:02
By Ambreen Agha
Pakistan is increasingly failing to protect its minorities for two broad reasons: principally, rising religious intolerance and the space ceded to violent ideologies.— Sherry Rehman, former Ambassador to the US, 2011
Little noticed amidst the ongoing pitched battle led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led Federal Government, a group of protesters from minority communities held a rally in Badin District of Sindh on August 16, 2014, against the current Government’s failure to protect minorities from communal atrocities, including kidnapping-for-ransom, killings on religious grounds and abduction of girls for forced conversion.
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 10:46
Saudi Arabia’s religious police has threatened to jail those behind two videos, including one promoting atheism, according to local media.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (the Haia) has denied a man who appears to be one of its personnel in a clip is a member of the Haia, according to Arabian Business.
In the video, the man, standing next to a Haia-marked vehicle threatens homosexuals and men who blackmail young women.
Created on Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:40
According to NY Daily News, Jesus Christ is alive and kicking it with his followers in Compton, Calif., in Adult Swim’s new comedy series. But some Christians are not amused. One Million Moms and other conservative groups are attempting to organize a boycott of the show and its advertisers.
“Do ya’ll have any f-----g faith, brah?”, asks Black Jesus from homeless guy in the first episode.
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:01
According to Reuters, a Saudi Arabian judge has upheld a barbaric sentence against a business woman for exercising free speech. Her crime, as reported by The Arabic-Language Daily, was “cursing the morality police” and calling them “liars”. Her punishment is one month in prison and 50 lashes. The sentence was officially passed by a district court in Jeddah and has now been upheld by an appeals court in Mecca.
Members of the morality police entered the business woman’s cafe to ensure “…there were no breaches of morality or other laws in the conservative Muslim kingdom, and that some of her employees had then run away because they were breaking immigration rules.” It was at this point the woman cursed members of the morality police and called them liars.
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:46
According to Atheism UK, on 12th August the Home Office refused the fresh asylum claim of Syed Mohammad Tabish.
Atheism UK, Ex-Muslims of Britain and FaithFreedom provided evidence for his new asylum claim.
However the Home Office rejected his asylum claim asserting that none of the evidence provided amounted to fresh new evidence.
Syed Tabish faces being deported to Pakistan in mid September. The Taliban and his family have threatened to kill him on his return to Pakistan.
Created on Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:20
By Lydia Green
According to BBC, Amerli is surrounded by towns and villages taken by the Sunni jihadist militants of Islamic State (IS), the residents of this small Shia Turkmen community about 180km (110 miles) north of Baghdad have been living under siege for two months.
There is no electricity, little medicine and food supplies are dwindling. Unlike recent US intervention to help save members of the Yazidi religious minority trapped on Mount Sinjar in north-western Iraq, there is no dramatic plan to rescue people here.
Created on Saturday, 23 August 2014 09:57
According to engadget, India's previously criticized Facebook for not censoring material that was critical of its government, so let's agree that the country has something of a strained relationship with social media.
Now, however, the south-west state of Karnataka has announced that even clicking 'like' on a post could land you in jail for 90 days before you even get to see a magistrate.
In June this year Mumbai Police had issued a similar warning to citizens directing them to not ‘like’ objectionable posts on Facebook. Mumbai Police told that the people would be booked under section 66A of the IT Act and section 295A of Indian Penal Code, which deals with ‘hurting religious sentiments’, in such cases.
Because India has no blasphemy laws, any material that could offend someone's religious beliefs is prosecuted as hate speech, and that includes uploading, forwarding, sharing, liking and retweeting something. We hate to be cynical, but we can't imagine it'll be long before the first dissenting voice gets thrown in jail to protect the feelings of the general population.
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 17:29
According to BBC, US President Barack Obama has said the beheading of US journalist James Foley is "an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world".
Mr Obama said the ideology of Islamic State (IS), the group which made a video of Mr Foley's killing, was "bankrupt" and would ultimately fail.
The group said Mr Foley's killing was revenge for US air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 15:05
According to BBC News, China says it may try to create a theology based on Christianity - that integrates the religion with Chinese culture and is compatible with the country's socialist beliefs, it's been reported.
Wang Zuoan, a senior official for religious affairs, says China supports the development of Christianity within the country. But "the construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China's national condition,"the state-backed China Daily website reports. His comments came at a conference for Sinicization of Christianity in Shanghai.