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July 2015

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Straw men and Sky Fairies NEW
Shiraz Socialst 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Guest Post from Pink Prosecco I’ve never come across the term “faitheist” before but, after reading Bruce Gorton’s post on Butterflies and Wheels I suspect I am one.  This is Gorton’s definition of the term: “A fa...
The Russian Orthodox Church as a Political-Moral Force NEW
The Worden Report 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
While visiting the Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery in northwestern Russia in 2000, Vladimir Putin wrote in the guest book, “The revival of Russia and growth of its might are unthinkable without the strengthening of society’s moral foundations. The rol...
Pharos, un Observatoire sur la pluralité religieuse et culturelle NEW
Bruxelles2 2 Years, 8 Months, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
(B2) L’ancien représentant de l’UE en Asie centrale, Pierre Morel, s’est lancé dans une nouvelle initiative. Mettre en place un observatoire du pluralisme des cultures et des religions en Europe et offrir une source analytique européenne aux...
Catholic church bans yoga as “not compatible” with Christianity NEW
Political Scrapbook 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 22 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
A Catholic church in Southampton has banned yoga classes from its premises because the practice is “not compatible” with Christianity. St Edmund’s parish accepted a £180 booking fee for use of their church hall two months ago R...
Que savons nous de la rhétorique des islamistes extrêmistes ? NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 57 Minutes ago
Pourquoi “L’innocence des musulmans”, médiocre film anti-islamique aux origines douteuses a-t-il provoqué des manifestations aussi violentes dans le monde ? Plusieurs analystes pensent que ce film n’a été qu’un prét...
« Désaccord fondamental entre Russes et Occidentaux sur la manière de traiter avec les islamistes », par Antoine Ajouri (lorientlejour.com) NEW
Regards citoyens 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Interview : Pour le fondateur et président de l’IFRI, Thierry de Montbrial, les révoltes arabes sont en train de fabriquer un nouveau conflit Est-Ouest. Après la vague d’espoir et d’euphorie qui a accompagné le début des rév...
Pays-bas : un nouveau bourdon pour Notre Dame de Paris NEW
Le blog du bureau de Bruxelles (France 2) 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Elle sonnait dans la tour Sud de la cathédrale depuis le milieu du XIXème siècle. La plus grosse cloche (le bourdon) de Notre Dame sera remplacée par une nouvelle, fondue cette semaine aux Pays-Bas. kitd.html5loader("flash_kplayer_f163b15aa4as");...
Kopimismen och The God Delusion NEW
Christian Engström, Pirate MEP 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Richard Dawkins har skrivit boken The God Delusion där han sågar Gud jäms med fotknölarna, i vart fall den kristna guden som vi är vana vid (och de närbesläktade varianterna inom judendom och islam). Jag köpte boken på Arlanda på väg till...
Russia: Religiosity & the Murdered U.S. Ambassador NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Responding to the attack on U.S. embassies across the Muslim world (specifically the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya), Russian bloggers have addressed the perceived growth of religiosity in their own country, and used the incident a...
Temporary changes – Odessa Airport – Rosh Hashanah NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 23 Minutes ago
For regular fliers to and from Odessa airport, be aware of a few temporary changes between 12 – 21 September at the terminal building. Odessa will be handling 40 flights relating to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and as always there will b...
The Guardian on the obscenity of Pakistan’s blasphemy law NEW
Shiraz Socialst 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The Guardian – not a publication known of its criticism of Islamic fundamentalism or, indeed, any other form of religious bigotry, today publishes a powerful piece by Mohammed Hanif. If you read nothing else today, read this: How to commit bla...
Asylrecht schützt nicht nur “Kernbereich” der Religionsfreiheit NEW
Verfassungsblog 2 Years, 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 10 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Wegen seines Glaubens verfolgt wird nicht nur, wem verboten ist zu glauben. Sondern auch, wem verboten ist, seinen Glauben öffentlich zu praktizieren. Daran hat heute der EuGH die deutsche Asylpraxis erinnert. Die fand nämlich bisher, dass Asylbewe...
Russia: Patriarch's Press Secretary Wants LiveJournal to Ban Photoshops of Priests NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
In an interview [ru] with the Orthodox website Pravmir.Ru, Patriarch Kirill's press secretary, Aleksandr Volkov, complained that LiveJournal users are too often permitted to engage in “school bathroom” humor that derides the clergy.
Book Review: Europe’s Angry Muslims: The revolt of the second generation NEW
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Europe’s Angry Muslims traces the routes, expectations and destinies of immigrant parents and the plight of their children, transporting the reader from the immigrants’ ancestral villages to their strange new-fangled enclaves in Europe.
Washington critique les lois contre la burqa en France et en Belgique . Appel du Conseil de l’Europe à renoncer aux lois et mesures anti-religieuses. NEW
Mieux connaître vos droits en Europe 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Une information largement passée inaperçue : dans un rapport pour la secrétaire d’État Hillary Clinton dressant un panorama mondial des libertés religieuses, les États-Unis ont dénoncé lundi 30 juillet une poussée de l’antisémi...
Beschneidung in Deutschland: Die religiös motivierte Beschneidung minderjähriger Jungen NEW
Karpfenteich 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Wohltuend sachlich und sensibel hat der Deutsche Ethikrat heute über die religiös motivierte Beschneidung minderjähriger Jungen debattiert. Trotz aller Differenzen einigten sich die Juristen, Theologen und Mediziner auf eine Empfehlung, die praxis...
Russia: Pussy Riot & the Orthodox Reformation NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Retired priest speaks out for Pussy Riot, breaking with the Patriarch and renouncing his holy orders, but his letter is mostly plagiarized. What does this mean for Russia's religious Reformation?
Patriarch Kirill in Warsaw NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
THE visit of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church to Poland last week was historic. It came after three years of negotiations propelled by the hope that it would improve relations between the two branches of Christianity as well as the two na...
Decline and Fall, Christianity Lashes Out: Political Double Standards Flourish. NEW
Martin Nangle photojournalist blog 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Julian Assange disclosed the use of outright murder by American forces in Iraq. For that he is not the messenger of protest and the need for change but an Enemy of the State. Pussy Riot exposed the extending brutishness and extremism over Russian int...
Czechs, Render Unto the Churches … NEW
East of Center 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
A group of 30 intellectuals, Protestant ministers, and theologians even released a petition calling for the bill to be withdrawn, saying it would turn Christ’s teachings on their head.
Secularism NEW
Shiraz Socialst 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
(Guest post from Pink Prosecco). It was this recent news item, about a German town recognizing Muslim as well as Christian holidays, which made me think again about the surprisingly slippery concept of secularism. I am at the same time unequivocally...
Beliefs and convictions NEW
actupol 3.0_en 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
On the last Wednesday, the French Catholic Church prayed on the behalf of the traditional values of family, a subtle way to denounce the Jean-Marc Ayrault Government to allow the same-sex marriage in the country. This initiative, although it was R...
Moscow Patriarch Arrives in Poland for Landmark Visit NEW
New Europe - WSJ 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Patriarch Kirill I began his visit to Poland, the first ever by a head of the Russian Orthodox Church in the country once controlled by Moscow.
Whatever the butler's role, the Vatican has questions to answer | Catherine Pepinster NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
What Catholics need to see now is an investigation into the truth of allegations in documents allegedly leaked by Paolo GabrieleIt has all the makings of a Hollywood adaptation of a Dan Brown novel. Secrets of the Vatican exposed, documents stolen fr...
Fiestas del 15 de agosto en Europa NEW
Europ@ Junior. La Unión Europea contada a los niños 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Al igual que en España, el 15 de agosto se celebra en muchos países europeos el Día de la Asunción, una fiesta religiosa que conmemora la entrada de la Virgen María en el cielo y que en muchos casos coincide con otras fiestas de origen paga...
Should religion be banned from politics? NEW
Debating Europe 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Last week, Debating Europe liveblogged the finals of the European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC 2012) in Belgrade, Serbia. The tournament winners have now been announced: Leiden University were crowned champions of the English as a Se...
russisch-orthodoxe kirche im visier der proteste? NEW
Gerhard Mangott 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Nachdem sich die konservative Führung der russisch-orthodoxe Kirche – allen voran Patriarch Kirill und Erzpriester Chaplin – nachdrücklich für die Strafverfolgung von Pussy Riot eingesetzt hat, mehren sich die anti-klerikal...
Los musulmanes celebran el Ramadán NEW
Europ@ Junior. La Unión Europea contada a los niños 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
En estos días, los musulmanes de todo el mundo celebran una de sus fiestas más importantes y alegres: el Ramadán, que comenzó el 20 de julio y finaliza el 19 de agosto.En Europa convivimos en paz personas de muchas religiones distintas,...
Russia: Putin Refuses Controversial Kiss From Priest NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
While Putin was greeting local priests on a visit to a monastery in Karelia, one of them suddenly lunged forward and tried to kiss his hand, though the President instantly recoiled in apparent disgust. The public's subsequent interest in the incident...
The end of Catholic Ireland | Mary Kenny NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Many Irish people have ditched the religion of their ancestors, but the generous impulses of faith live onIn the historic sense, Ireland's long love affair with the Catholic church was, as Ella Fitzgerald once sang, "too hot not to cool down". Cathol...
Book Review: Europe’s Encounter with Islam: The Secular and the Postsecular NEW
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy 2 Years, 10 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Since 9/11, the Muslim presence in Europe has been increasingly perceived as ‘problematic’. Events such as the French ban on headscarves in public schools, the publication of the cartoons in Denmark, and speeches by political leaders have hit th...
Tennessee Tree House: Living, and Preaching, in an Appalachian Tree Cathedral NEW
¡No Pasarán! 2 Years, 10 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
David Walter Banks has some remarkable pictures from Tennessee, where Horace Burgess has spent twenty years of his life building an enormous tree house that doubles as a… cathedral. In fact,The tree house includes seven trees, including one of the...
Why is the left quiet about Pussy Riot? Панк-молебен “Богородица, Путина прогони” Pussy Riot в Храме NEW
Shiraz Socialst 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
“It was a sin against God and God is judging it; and all Christians should know this… “For the Orthodox Church, like for Muslims, of course the authorities and the church are understood as one thing.  Our Ideal is the unity of the...
Iftar at Bayt Qatar NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Years, 11 Months, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Many of the competing nations at the London Olympics have hired prestigious venues as their ‘House’ for the length of the competition, as a base for nationals, supporters and guests, with all sorts of events taking place, as well as scree...
Circumcision (2) NEW
Ideas on Europe 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Things got a little awkward in the comments section of my earlier circumcision post today, because commenter Jade pointed out a rather glaring, embarrassing and altogether unforgivable shortcoming in my argument. The problem doesn’t concern the...
Deeply divisive NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
LATELY Poland has appeared as a rapidly modernising place, gradually less influenced by its old-fashioned Catholic clergy. The country now has one openly gay, one transsexual and two black MPs, which would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
Slovensko | Debata o odluce církve od státu NEW
Presseurop Blogy (CZ) 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
„Církvi dá stát 37 milionů eur, odluka se nerýsuje,“ píše list Pravda. Vatikánem nařízené odvolání populárního trnavského arcibiskupa R&oa...
Slowakei | Diskussion um Trennung von Kirche und Staat NEW
Presseurop Blog (DE) 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
„Mit öffentlichen Geldern in Höhe von 37 Millionen Euro ist eine Trennung von Kirche und Staat nicht in Sicht“, titelt die Pravda. Die Absetzung des populären Erzbischofs von Trnava Róbert Bezák durch den Paps...
Eslováquia | Debate sobre a separação entre a Igreja e o Estado NEW
Presseurop Blogue (PT) 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
“A Igreja receberá 37 milhões de euros do Estado, a separação não se vislumbra”, titula o Pravda. O afastamento por ordem do Papa, a 1 de julho, de Róbert Bezák, o popular arcebispo de...
Geert Wilders is NO Dutch patriot! NEW
Yellow Stars blog 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Geert Wilders - the anti-Dutch Dutchman - is now attempting to define "Dutch patriotism" as both anti-Muslim and anti-EU. In this article, I use historical words to show just how anti-Dutch Geert Wilders' "patriotism" is and present Dutch patriotism...
Ramadan Quest NEW
Foreign Policy Association - EU at 50 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Image lifted from The Atlantic  Earlier this month, Mehdi Hasan of the Guardian wrote about having to deal with Islamophobia on a day to day basis; how his work and family were affected but that he would continue, regardless, to do what he does. M...
Ramadan traditions with a digital twist NEW
European Public Policy Blog (Google) 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
More a billion Muslims around the world today begin to observe the holy month of Today, more a billion Muslims around the world begin to observe the holy month of Ramadan, fasting from dawn to sunset. This year, we’re bringing some of the most ven...
Secularism and the role of religion in secular society [part 2] NEW
Ideas on Europe 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 15 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
European Week 2012, day 4 Lord Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford (UK) Afsin Yurdakul, freelance journalist based in Istanbul, writing for Foreign Policy and other publications (Turkey) Ghia Nodia, Professor, Director of International School fo...
Circumcision is child abuse – and Giles Fraser supports it NEW
Shiraz Socialst 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Above: Fraser: pompous, sanctimonious and ignorant “Yet the circumcision of babies cuts against one of the basic assumptions of the liberal mindset. Informed consent lies at the heart of choice and choice lies at the heart of the liberal societ...
Czechs close to compensating churches NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
MORE than two decades after the end of Communism, Czechs are close to compensating churches for properties seized during the four decades of Communist rule. A long-awaited restitution bill cleared the parliament's lower house after a lengthy debate i...
German court ruling: circumscribing the law | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
The judgment that a doctor performing circumcision had committed bodily injury has reached international proportionsThe ruling was nearly two weeks ago, but the reaction to it has grown exponentially ever since. The judgment of the regional court in...
A Liberal Approach to Circumcision NEW
martinned 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
I have to admit, when Max Steinbeis wrote it down in German, he gave me pause: "Wenn dieses Urteil richtig wäre, dann müssten ausgerechnet deutsche Staatsanwälte (...)  Juden verfolgen, weil sie tun, was Juden tun." (Like Harry Muli...
Maajid Nawaz skewers Mehdi Hasan on Islamism NEW
Shiraz Socialst 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
From the New Statesman of 9 July. An important debate in which the NS‘s self-righteous outgoing Political Editor is shown up for the lightweight, superficial bullshitter he is, by someone who really knows what they’re talking about; Hasa...
Kölner Beschneidungsurteil NEW
Karpfenteich 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 18 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Waren es die vielen Irritationen im Ausland? Oder die Rabbiner, die im Kölner Beschneidungsurteil ein “fundamentales Problem” für die Existenz jüdischer Gemeinden in Deutschland sehen? Jedenfalls ist die mangelnde Rechtssicherheit bei...
Création d’un observatoire du pluralisme culturel et religieux (OPCR). La liberté religieuse devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU. NEW
Mieux connaître vos droits en Europe 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
C’est une initiative inédite, à mi-chemin du religieux et du politique, au croisement du public et du privé. Un Observatoire du pluralisme culturel et religieux devrait être officiellement lancé en France au début du mois d’octobre. Pensé...
Only Vatican can change the Catholic Church NEW
Matisak's Blog (A Stamp on the World) 2 Years, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Though the Church is a very diverse organization. Questions: 1. We have seen some strong actions by the Holy See in the recent past. The papacy reprimanded American nuns for their book on sexuality and there was very strong aftermath of the Vati R...
Religiöse Beschneidung NEW
Karpfenteich 3 Years, 6 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Es braucht umgehend eine Regelung für die religiöse Beschneidung. Das Urteil eines Landgerichts ist zu wenig, um ein so tiefgreifendes Problem zu lösen. Generell sollte eine Frage, an der so viel hängt, nicht von Juristen allein entschieden werde...
Vatican has removed a popular Slovak archbishop Robert Bezak from his office NEW
Matisak's Blog (A Stamp on the World) 3 Years, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Bezak was told that he can not speak to media. He said he doesn’t know a reason for the decision as Vatican has refused to tell him. Question: In general, what can be the reason for dismissing an archbishop? It probably require some procedure,...
Islam’s European Hope NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 3 Years, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Mohamed Merah’s killing spree in and around Toulouse in March, like the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the 2005 suicide attacks in London’s Underground, has highlighted once again the dilemmas that Europe faces with regard to its growing...
Dark days for the Church of England? NEW
Bit more complicated... 3 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Photo by Ashley Rose courtesy of Flickr under Creative Commons License The Archbishop of Canterbury resigns. Equal civil marriage hits the headlines and the Catholic Archbishop speaks out against it. Sunday trading for the Olympics sparks fears of Su...
A Traditionalist Catholic Priest on Lesbianism NEW
The Worden Report 3 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
It is mycontention that the cocktail of religion and human nature can be so dangerousprecisely because of the propensity that a person has to presume that onecannot be wrong in religious matters. It is too easy for the denial of humanfallibility to e...
The Trinity in a Traffic Safety Symbol: Amish Excess NEW
The Worden Report 3 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
On the Ides of March in the modern year of 2012, two members of the Swartzentruber Amish, a sect that stresses modesty and simplicity in one’s appearance, were represented by an ACLU lawyer at the Kentucky Supreme Court for having refused to affix...
UK court ends prayer in town councils - but on technicality NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 3 Years, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
A UK court issued an interesting ruling today – finding that it is not lawful for town councils to say prayers before meetings. What makes it an interesting case is that the UK, unlike the US, does not have a legal separation between church and sta...
Kopimisternas intåg NEW
Henrik-Alexandersson.se 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 23 Minutes ago
Att det missionerande kopimistförbundet blivit registrerat som religiöst samfund har väckt en del uppmärksamhet de senaste dagarna.På sina håll har kommentarerna varit förklenande och nedlåtande. Visst. Kringsvävande andeväsen, brinnande bu...
A Kopimist Creation Myth NEW
Christian Engström, Pirate MEP 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The Missionary Church of Kopimism has been recognized as an official religion in Sweden. It is still a very young religion, so there are many aspects of it that need to be developed and defined. Here is my proposal for a Kopimist Creation Myth (previ...
Face to faith: Europe's crisis of faith | Pope Benedict XVI NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Years, 6 Months, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
In hard times, Europe could learn much from Africa's joyful passion for faithAs this year draws to a close, Europe is undergoing an economic and financial crisis, which is ultimately based on the ethical crisis looming over the old continent. Even if...
Islamists slaughter Nigerian Christians on Christmas day NEW
Shiraz Socialst 3 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
“There was a car filled with dead bodies. Apparently it was a family coming to worship” - witness Timothy Onyekwere, quoted in today’s Guardian. At least 35 Nigerian Christians deliberately blown to bits as they worshipped (or...
La sécularisation de l'Europe : l'exemple de la Pologne NEW
Le Taurillon 3 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 23 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Le pays de Jean-Paul II est considéré comme l'un des plus catholiques d'Europe. L'Eglise est très présente au sein de la vie publique. Cependant la sécularisation touche la Pologne comme l'ensemble de l'Union européenne. La Pologne est considé...
"Notre Islam est modéré", affirme le président du CNT libyen NEW
Regards citoyens 3 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
La nouvelle Libye ne sera pas un pays musulman extrémiste, a promis samedi 12 novembre le président du Conseil national de transition (CNT) Mustafa Abdul-Jalil à la cheffe de la diplomatie européenne Catherine Ashton, en visite à Tripol...
Wise Egypt: Egypt denies visa to PVVer ! NEW
Yellow Stars blog 3 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
This week the Egyptians denied an entrance visa to a PVV Brownshirt that was supposed to be on a "Tweede Kamer visit." Well, it's good to see that the Egyptians are wise with regard to the purposes of such a visit - which were probably for the purpos...
Wise Egypte: Egypte ontkent visum voor PVVer ! NEW
Yellow Stars blog 3 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Deze week de Egyptenaren ontkende een entree visum nodig om een PVV bruinhemd die verondersteld was om op een "Tweede Kamer bezoek." Nou, het is goed om te zien dat de Egyptenaren er verstandig met betrekking tot de toepassing van een dergelijk bezoe...
Le printemps des islamistes ? NEW
Telos 3 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Le score avantageux des islamistes tunisiens du parti Ennahda, le score probablement semblable des Frères musulmans égyptiens, lors des élections qui débuteront à la fin du mois de novembre, ainsi que le possible bon score des islamistes modér
Botezul se dovedeste adesea prima confruntare dura cu viata a bebelusilor NEW
Menaru 3 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Vad astazi la Stirile ProTV de ora 13.00 un botez in urma caruia bebelusul a fost aproape de moarte. Saptamana trecuta parca am citit in Gandul (acum l-am gasit aici) un articol despre un alt caz similar, cand copilul a fost resuscitat de catre un me...
Elections, Islamists and the role of the EU in Tunisia NEW
Ideas on Europe 3 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
In my first posting I wrote about the sometimes heated discussions in Tunisia’s daily life. This week, two subjects attracted a lot of attention from the public. “Thy shall marry young” Ennahda, the political party which represents...
Reading the Qur’an in a week NEW
Minority Thought (European Union) 3 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
This is the first post in a week-long series in which Jon will read the entire Qur'an, cover-to-cover. You can read the rest of the series and engage in the discussion at his blog, Reading the Qur'an in a Week. I find myself with some time to... Read...
Das Papst Deutschland NEW
Karpfenteich 3 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Die Botschaft, die er an die Politiker richtete – nämlich, dass sie Gemeinwohl vor Machtstreben stellen sollen -; werden viele mit gewissem Wohlwollen aufgenommen haben. Und so mancher wird sich fragen, ob der Papst umgekehrt auch Ratschläge...
Is God the Invisible Hand? NEW
The Worden Report 3 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 12 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
A Baylor University survey on religion and economics reveals something that may be distinctly American, culturally speaking. According to the survey results, about “one in five Americans combine a view of God as actively engaged in daily workings o...
Religion (Part I): Beyond History, Science, and Metaphysics NEW
The Worden Report 3 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 14 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
What is religion? In the process of answering this question, it is necessary to delimit it by saying what it is not. Religion itself (in the hands of human beings) may be too presumptuous in claiming hegemony (let alone validity!) in other domains.Fo...
Is Estonia really the least religious country in the world? | Ringo Ringvee NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Estonians, and especially the young, have turned their backs on organised religion, but belief in neo-paganism is thrivingEstonia and the Czech Republic are the two nations that often claim to be the least religious in Europe. And they seem to be pro...
Catedrala Aburirii Neamului NEW
Contributors 3 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 52 Minutes ago
De la inceput, proiectul construirii Catedralei a fost caracterizat de confuzie si de lipsa de transparenta. Statul si cu Biserica se inteleg de minune; in timp ce autoritatile centrale si locale cotizeaza cit mai pe sest la Biserica, corul de heruvi...
US Department of State July-December, 2010 International Religious Freedom Report NEW
Erkan's field diary 3 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
all of it here. TURKEY section here.   Quotes: Section I. Religious Demography The country has an area of 301,383 square miles and a population of 77.8 million. According to the government, 99 percent of the population is Muslim, the majority o...
The End of the World! Today!! 6.00 pm!!! NEW
Shiraz Socialst 4 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
And it’s all the fault of them homos. Well, you might as well go down smiling… …let us know what you’ll be doing at 5.55 pm today: what music you’ll listen to, what you’ll be eating and/or drinking, what film you...
Jose, Hermand… who? NEW
Beyond Brussels 4 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso was not on the guest list to meet Pope Benedict XVI on May 1st, and were held back by guards with his wife and Italian commissioner Antonio Tajan. Apparently The Vatican was expecting Herman Van Rompuy instead.
Schuman, sancto subito ! Ou pas NEW
L'expérience européenne 4 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Certains diront que c’est devenu une obsession. Qu’après mon périple polonais sur les traces de Jean-Paul II, je ne suis pas remis. Mais ce billet à venir est des plus sérieux. Comment traiter cette journée de l’Europe dont tou...
Regarding the Destruction of the "Piss Christ" Artwork, One Blogger Has Had His Fill with the MSM's Indignation About Acts of Barbarity NEW
¡No Pasarán! 4 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Regarding the destruction of Andres Serrano's Piss Christ at an Avignon exhibit, Michel Garroté can no longer stand the mainstream media's take on the whole affair (such as The Guardian's Angelique Chrisafis) — with Garroté protesting that if we...
Silly “Muslim radicalization” hearings will expose Islamophobic myths? NEW
Yellow Stars blog 4 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
The hearing held by Rep. King of New York are a hate-mongering farce that focuses on the ginned up "problem" of "Muslim radicalization." When we see the data on "homegrown" security threats in the US - we see this threat coming from the explosive gro...
A Holy Double Standard: Christians in the Middle East NEW
Utrikesperspektiv.se 4 Years, 4 Months, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
In the wake of the extraordinary uprisings across the Middle East today, the complex religious and ethnic makeup of the region has resurfaced for discussion. Gripping images of Christians protecting Muslims during prayer in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a...
Retour sur le regard croisé France/Allemagne sur l'Islam proposé par l'IFOP NEW
Regards citoyens 4 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
L'enquête d'opinion réalisée par l'IFOP pour le quotidien Le Monde en décembre 2010 qui a pour intitulé " regard croisé franco-allemand sur l'Islam " (cf. Regard croisé France/Allemagne sur l’Islam : une enquête d'opinion de l'IFOP...
Regard croisé France/Allemagne sur l’Islam : une enquête d'opinion de l'IFOP pour Le Monde NEW
Regards citoyens 4 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
L'IFOP a réalisé pour le quotidien Le Monde, en décembre 2010, une enquête d'opinion intitulée " Regard croisé France/Allemagne sur l’Islam ". Cette enquête, dont nous mettons les résultats à la disposition du...
Angela, David and Nicolas agree: multiculturalism has failed NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 4 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 15 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
European leaders don't seem to be able to agree on much these days, but it seems one idea they can all get behind is that 'multiculturalism' has failed in European societies.Over the past few months there's been a torrent of speeches from Europe's mo...
Commision's reverse ferret on Christmas NEW
England Expects 4 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Responding to the awful press that has come about from the slight error in missing out Christmas whilst keeping in Eid in their children's Europa diary, the EU has issued a panic reply.Immediate remedial action taken to correct omission of Christian...
Salman Taseer: hero of decency, secularism, womens’ rights and democracy NEW
Shiraz Socialst 4 Years, 5 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Governor of Pakistani Punjab Province Salman Taseer speaks to journalists in Islamabad in March, 2009. Taseer was assassinated by one of his bodyguards in Islamabad on Tuesday, apparently for opposing blasphemy laws. . From  Adil Najam at All Things...
EurAmerican: Douthat on Christianity and Christmas NEW
euramerican.blogspot.com, 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 11 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Se Gesù fosse nato ai tempi di Google e Facebook? NEW
Nouvelles Bruxelles 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
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[US Institutions] Separation of Church and State NEW
EU Weekly 4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Not treating specifically of the US government institution anymore, but still discussing some key and/or puzzling aspect of the way the US institutions goes everyday. As such, there is no constitutional separation of Church and State in the US, the F...
Sudan: woman lashed by government-sponsored thugs NEW
Shiraz Socialst 4 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 18 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
This is not the only interpretation of Sharia law, but it’s the one that the Sudanese government believes in. Relativist liberals and Guardianistas who think all cultures are worthy of “respect” really should watch this. But be wa...
Hitchens v Blair on religion: not to be missed! NEW
Shiraz Socialst 4 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Tonight on BBC Radio 4 at 8.00 pm: not to be missed! Listen and tell us what you think.  The Religion Debate Hitchens versus Blair: The Religion Debate   . Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens discuss the proposition that religion is a force for goo...
World's tallest jesus and crossing out secularism in Poland NEW
Babelblogs 4 Years, 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 12 Minutes ago
Every country has its own vision of secularism.In late November, a 51-metre Jesus Christ statue was erected in western Poland, 14 metres taller than its colleague in Rio de Janeiro. Though privately funded, the Polish state is still looking for that...
Headscarf Ban in Belgian Restaurant Found Discriminatory NEW
Strasbourg Observers 4 Years, 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
This guest post has been written by Katayoun Alidadi who is a PhD Candidate at the KULeuven (Institute for Migration Law & Legal Anthropology) and a project researcher in the European FP7 Project Religare on ‘Religious Diversity and Secular Mod...
New TESEV report: Discrimination and Headscarf Ban. NEW
Erkan's field diary 4 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Prof. Dilek Cindoğlu focuses on headscarfed women with professional jobs and explains how they are exposed to discrimination from all all sides of the political spectrum. Report in Turkish can be downloaded here. Related posts:Yargıtay decrees: Hea...