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  1. Muslims force the closure of religion debates

    Posted Jul 27th 2006, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... is directed at Article 11, a coalition of 13 Muslim and non-Muslim human rights NGOs named after the article in the constitution that guarantees freedom of religion. Mr Abdullah, who has urged debate ... that all citizens have the freedom of worship or not if they chose, but conservative Muslims see it as a threat which invests Muslims with the secular right to abandon their religion. On Sunday, ...

  2. The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason

    Posted Feb 12th 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Compiled by Tim Cribb The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris Free Press, $95 Jay Leno says fundamentalist Pat Robertson believes Ariel Sharon's heart attack is God's punishment for giving part of Israel to the Palestinians. Does that mean Robertson's prostate cancer is God's punishment for him being a pain in the neck? ...

  3. The fervour of religion

    Posted May 24th 2006, 12:00am by Mike Moore

    ... reasonably learned tracts, to conspiracy rants and pure fantasy. Does this represent a return to religion, or are these just clever marketing tools to entertain and worship Mammon? Both, I think. God ... Mohammed. Many critics say the church and religion are now irrelevant. If that is so, why do they spend so much time attacking religion? The industry surrounding The Da Vinci Code shows that people ...

  4. Adviser hopeful US will press on religion

    Posted Apr 17th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Beijing's failure to live up to its pledge to ensure children had a right to practise religion and to clarify the number of people allowed to gather at homes for religious ceremonies without being ... adding that she also expected Mr Bush to raise concerns over Tibet and those detained for practising their religion. But she is not optimistic Mr Hu will make any commitment during his US visit ...

  5. Musing my religion

    Posted Feb 21st 2006, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... But these days, Hong Kong is getting religion- or, at least, its colleges are. In the past five years, there has been a marked increase in the number of religious studies courses offered by local ... was permanent.' He says his classmates include professionals such as lawyers and doctors seeking in-depth knowledge not provided in monasteries- from the principles of the religion to its history ...

  6. Hindu mother loses bid to pick son's religion

    Posted Sep 27th 2006, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... their marriage in 2002. The two religions- Hindu and Christianity- coexist peacefully among minority Indians in Malaysia, but problems surfaced after Mr Saravanan converted to Islam in May. Under sharia ... for Joshua and the right to decide his religion. In June, Mr Saravanan divorced his wife in the sharia court and proceeded to convert Joshua to Islam. It was stalled when his wife filed for divorce ...

  7. Malaysia must put law ahead of religion

    Posted Mar 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Malaysia's leaders like to think of their country as a model for other Muslim-majority nations to follow. They have a valid reason for such a belief: through progressive planning, they have been able to overcome the problems plaguing many Muslims els ...

  8. Review of the week

    Posted May 21st 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... time who betrayed Jesus to the Pharisees, leading to the crucifixion, resurrection and a new religion. After all, if he hadn't done so, none of that would have happened. Even Mel ...

  9. Hidden minority fights for the right to be different

    Posted Feb 20th 2006, 12:00am by Nicholas Birch

    ... Nicholas Birch in Tunceli Remote and poor, Tunceli has all the ingredients of a typical, conservative eastern Turkish town. Except that Tunceli is anything but typical. The women do not wear headscarves. The central mosque lies empty, even on Fridays. Dom ...

  10. Religious studies

    Posted Oct 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A Harvard University faculty committee has recommended all undergraduates be required to study religion, along with US history and ethics. Should we also put God back on the agenda? ...




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