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  1. News - World

    Islamic authority renames militant group to stop it smearing religion

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:28pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Cairo Some call it Isis. Others say it is Isil. The group itself prefers Islamic State, or IS. And in the Middle East, its critics call it Da'ash. Now, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been given a fifth name, and perhaps ...

  2. News - World

    Yazidism: the forgotten religion facing extermination at the hands of Islamic State jihadists

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 03:57am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... The Washington Post Forgotten religion facing extermination It's an unfortunate truism that the world pays attention to largely forgotten communities only in their moments of greatest ... in Baghdad appealed: "An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the earth." The Yazidis globally number about 700,000 people, but most- about half a million- live ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Hong Kong textbooks contain negative stereotypes on cultures and religions, researcher warns

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 04:58am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... new subject means teachers, with little previous experience, tend to rely heavily on textbooks. She says although it is not possible for teachers to learn about every religion and culture ...

  4. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia's religion minister accused of corruption over pilgrimage funds

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 04:30pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Jakarta Indonesia’s religious affairs minister, who has been a vocal supporter of presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto, has been named a suspect in a graft case. Suryadharma Ali, whose ministry was caught up in a graft scandal last year involv ...

  5. News - China - RELIGION

    Party warns charity-run orphanages against 'forcing religion' on children

    Posted May 06th 2014, 05:49pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com Religious charities warned against converting children as party tightens rules Ban on 'forcing religion' on orphans The central government has warned religious charities against "forcing" children in their orphanages to convert or adopt their religion, sparking renewed discussion about freedom of belief in China. The warning came ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Bravery of priests in Central African Republic restores your faith in religion

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 03:59am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Bravery that restores faith in religion A stand-off in the middle of Africa should now test the conscience of the world. We all know some of the worst killings ... Republic, that explains the enduring value of religion and its transcendent meaning. For weeks, hundreds of Muslims have been hiding in Father Nary's church while the Christian militia called ...

  7. News - World - RELIGION

    Militants cannot claim 'armour of God', Pope Francis says

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 09:47pm by Reuters

    ... following an address by Albanian President Bujar Nishani, a Muslim. "May no one use religion as a pretext for actions against human dignity and against the fundamental rights of every man ... of Albanians are Muslim, while Catholics account for just 10 per cent of the population. The pope returned to the theme of tolerance during a meeting with leaders of other religions, telling them ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Democracy is a real religion

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Democracy is a real religion, my friend I had not met a childhood friend for years, until this week. Ostensibly it's because he has a growing business on the mainland while I spend most of my time in Hong Kong. The real reason is that we simply drifted apart as we grew older and had our own families and children. A bunch of us have been friends since we ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Religion still has no role to play in communist politics

    Posted Jul 16th 2013, 12:00am by DR KAREN LEE

    ... Dr Karen Lee Freedoms end when one joins the party, but some have become closet believers Religion still has no role to play in communist politics While America's "Don't ... in religion shall not join the Chinese Communist Party," said Zhu Weiqun, director of the Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the Chinese People's Political Consultative ...

  10. News - China - XINJIANG ATTACKS

    Fresh attacks kill 2 in Xinjiang as Beijing releases guidelines on prosecuting terrorism

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 09:16am by Patrick Boehler, Agence France-Presse

    ... acts of religious extremists and ordinary religious activities. Officials should avoid discriminating against religions or ethnic minorities, interfering with citizens’ freedom to practice their religion and should respect the personal dignity of criminal suspects and defendants, according to the instructions. Leniency should be given to criminals who surrender and provide testimony, ...




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