Muslims feel free in Hong Kong but left out

Anthropology lecturer Paul O'Connor moved from England to study the city's unique relationship with Islam. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong's Muslims have religious freedoms they cannot enjoy elsewhere in a unique city of hybrid cultures, but have to put up with prejudice and, often, overt discrimination.

Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 4:55am 3 comments

Deep thinkers ponder the biggest question

Deep thinkers ponder the biggest question

That question - "Why is there something rather than nothing?" - occupies the centre of Jim Holt's book, which is by turns a philosophical and scientific inquiry, written through a broadly personal lens. 

30 Sep 2012 - 4:43pm

Letters to the Editor, September 28, 2012

Software upgrade policy is not fair to some. Photo: Bloomberg

Return Diaoyu Islands to which China?

Several letters and articles have been published in the South China Morning Post criticising the destructive and violent nature of the demonstrations on the mainland over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.

28 Sep 2012 - 1:50am

World news extra in brief, September 26, 2012

Libyans protest over deadly violence in Benghazi.Photo: AFP

Criminals lead '60pc' of Mexican prisons

26 Sep 2012 - 9:33am

Muslim leaders in Hong Kong vow peaceful rally over anti-Islam film

Leaders of the Muslim community gather at Kowloon Mosque. They are confident today's rally in Central will not turn violent. A protest march is also planned.   Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Leaders representing the city's Muslim community are confident that a protest today in Central against an American film condemned as being anti-Islamic will not erupt into riots of the kind seen across the Middle East over the past fortnight.

23 Sep 2012 - 12:25pm

Bible 'science' claim goes too far for Almitas Academy

The Loch Ness Monster has no place in a school science curriculum, according to the head of a Hong Kong school run by the wife of an executive councillor.

It does, though, at the Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake in the US state of Louisiana - which, like the Almitas Academy in North Point, uses the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am 2 comments

Muslims need more room to worship in Hong Kong

Ishaque Sarker (far right) prays at breakfast at Kowloon Mosque. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.Photo: Herbert Tsang

Violence marred the holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Syria last month, and in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on the mainland, the Uygur minority reported attempts by authorities to prevent fasting and praying during working hours. In Europe, Muslims are facing rising Islamophobia and support for anti-immigration policies. So, for many Muslims, Hong Kong is a peaceful refuge.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:24am

Catholic Church runs ad to press government for policy reforms

The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has taken out newpaper advertisements pressing the government to overhaul its policies on housing, education and welfare.

21 Sep 2012 - 3:16am 2 comments

Shouwang Church takes legal action against cops for religious persecution

Shouwang Church, one of the mainland's most influential unofficial Protestant churches, has taken legal action against Beijing police for preventing its congregation from worshipping for more than a year.

21 Sep 2012 - 3:29am

Pakistan declares holiday of protests against film

The Pakistani government has declared tomorrow a national holiday in honour of the Muslim prophet Mohammed and called for peaceful protests against a US-made film deemed insulting to Islam.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:05am

Satanic verses author Salman Rushdie writes of years on run after fatwa

Salman Rushdie

As violent protests over a US-made film rock the Muslim world, Salman Rushdie published his account yesterday of the decade he spent in hiding while under a fatwa for his book The Satanic Verses.

19 Sep 2012 - 4:22am

Indonesia cracks down on religious radicals

Vice-President Dr Boediono. Photo: EPA

Indonesia is stepping up efforts to combat religious radicalism after a spate of terror-related incidents.

Vice-President Dr Boediono announced a "deradicalisation" programme involving 24 government ministries and agencies after a closed-door meeting with ministers and counter-terrorism experts.

12 Sep 2012 - 4:32am

Jews and others rally in Berlin over circumcision ruling

Around 500 mainly Jewish but also Christian and Muslim protesters rallied in Berlin yesterday to demand the right to circumcision following a disputed German court ruling outlawing the rite.

10 Sep 2012 - 3:06am

Romney, Obama camps clash over the God factor

Republican Mitt Romney has thrust God to the centre of the White House race, in a culture war strike that prompted Barack Obama's team to brand him extreme and divisive.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:27am

Singapore's mega churches offer salvation at a price

Holy cash cow: the Star Performing Arts Centre, a joint venture between New Creation Church's Rock Productions and CapitaLand. Photo: Bloomberg

At "Miracle Seed Sunday" in Singapore's New Creation Church last month, the pastor's sermon was preceded by PowerPoint and video presentations, and donations were overseen by auditors.

10 Sep 2012 - 3:42am