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  1. Ideologies and religions

    Posted Oct 18th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the letter headlined 'Religion's role' (October 15). It is indeed ironic for Walter Tseng to single out the 'cruelties' and 'atrocities' committed in the past under the name of religion and then blithely accept or ignore the cruelties and atrocities committed by irreligious states and regimes in our own times under the pretext ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/431474/ideologies-and-religions
  2. Draft law under fire for banning minority religions

    Posted Dec 01st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fire for being biased against minority religious groups and restricting religious freedom. Under a draft bill drawn up by the Religious Affairs Ministry, only five religions- Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism and Buddhism- are recognised as official religions in Indonesia. The country is predominantly Muslim. The proposed bill also bans marriage between people of different ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/436515/draft-law-under-fire-banning-minority-religions
  3. Religion's role

    Posted Oct 15th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... religion to achieve their means gives one good reason to pause. The cruelty, atrocities, murders and exploitation committed in the name of religion are probably still to be matched. So I, for one, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/431118/religions-role
  4. US panel on religion scraps trip to Beijing

    Posted Dec 29th 2003, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... such as Myanmar and North Korea, for controlling religions. The report prompted a strong protest from Beijing. A four-member delegation from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/439480/us-panel-religion-scraps-trip-beijing
  5. Freedom of religion drew refugee Kurds to Australia

    Posted Nov 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Marianne Kearney in Jakarta Kurdish refugees who were sent back to Indonesia from Australia's Melville island this month, say that reports of religious freedom on the internet led the Kurdish men to choose Australia over other destinations. Irfan Kar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/436197/freedom-religion-drew-refugee-kurds-australia
  6. Why politics and religion just don't mix

    Posted Jul 12th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... I see that the head of the Catholic church in Hong Kong, Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, is preaching about speeding up democracy even while attending a church conference in Rome. Methinks he may do better to focus his attention on democracy right where he fin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/421412/why-politics-and-religion-just-dont-mix
  7. Praying for peace

    Posted Dec 25th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Religion and Tolerance. Religion and Tolerance is broadcast to 40 stations and four million people living in conflict areas such as Aceh, which is predominantly Muslim but where separatist ... the indigenous Papuans- mostly Christian or animist- are slowly being outnumbered by Muslim migrants from other parts of Indonesia. 'Religion is still an important factor in conflict ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/439226/praying-peace
  8. Buddhist rebel

    Posted Nov 10th 2003, 12:00am by Julian Gearing

    ... It is 6am and a Thai woman dressed in the orange robes of a monk is walking the streets of Nakhon Pathom, near Bangkok, begging for alms, accompanied by a handful of foreign female monks, and nuns dressed in white. The orange robes worn by Samaaneri Dhamm ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/434126/buddhist-rebel
  9. Faith harmony bill likely to cause division

    Posted Dec 25th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... and representatives of civil society have said it is overly proscriptive and intrusive, and is likely to create division. Their problems start with the first paragraph of the bill, which defines the religions in Indonesia: 'Religion constitutes the religions followed by Indonesian citizens, namely Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism and Buddhism'. Critics argue that any religion not included ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/439208/faith-harmony-bill-likely-cause-division
  10. Bible is the focus of exam syllabus

    Posted Nov 01st 2003, 12:00am by Michael Gibb

    ... sees the religion as one of many different faiths. The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority syllabus for religious studies (Christianity), compulsory in some church-sponsored schools such as St Paul's Convent and La Salle College, concentrates on the religion. Students are expected to develop a 'sympathetic understanding of the nature and significance of religions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/433077/bible-focus-exam-syllabus

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