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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1538465/textbooks-taking-narrow-view-liberal-studies-hku-researcher-warns
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1518704/indonesias-religion-minister-accused-corruption-over-pilgrimage-funds
  3. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1505894/party-directive-warns-charity-run-orphanages-against-forcing-religion
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1435283/bravery-priests-central-african-republic-restores-your-faith
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1332570/democracy-real-religion
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1283412/religion-still-has-no-role-play-communist-politics
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The fading age of nation states

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by Philip Bowring

    ... of arrangements that do not fall into the nation-state category, leave issues of language, religion and history aside, and focus on outcomes for the citizens. It is often forgotten, even in Europe, ... linguistic and religious composition. One language and one religion were always on top but diversity was tolerated so long as overlordship and some basic rules of behaviour were accepted. Thus, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551973/fading-age-nation-states
  8. News - China - RELIGION

    China court jails Christian pastor for 12 years

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 02:16pm by Associated Press in Beijing

    ... Catholics. The ruling party is wary of religion as a possible rallying point to challenge its rule and uneasy about the rapid spread of Christianity three decades after Beijing loosened social ... Fenggang Yang, a sociologist and expert on religion in China at Purdue University in the US. The churches might have become a target because Chinese Christians, perhaps emboldened by the growth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1547320/china-court-jails-christian-pastor-12-years
  9. Magazines - Post Magazine - SUNDAY MORNING

    Reflections: mixed blessing

    Posted May 31st 2014, 11:58pm by Wee Kek Koon

    ... of the ritual I witnessed. Although native Shinto beliefs and the imported religion of Buddhism were separated by government decree in 1868, the age-old practice of shinbutsu-shûgô ("syncretism of Shinto gods and Buddhas") remains alive in Japan. In many Japanese Buddhist temples one can find entire Shinto shrines. Religions that travel from their places of origin often incorporate, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1519962/reflections-mixed-blessing
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    The comfort of religion without God

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE The comfort of religion without God Stanford University has a new chaplain for atheists and agnostics. This comes after Harvard University and the US military introduced- how shall I put it- non-religious religious services for non-believers who may still seek the comfort and benefits of real religion. This is emerging as a new trend in the US, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1132471/comfort-religion-without-god

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