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Religious Violence

Rev. Jim Wallis: God's Take On Terrorism

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

The world has seen a surge of religious violence in recent years -- from the recent attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to ...

Americans' Double-Standard When Evaluating Religious Violence

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion

Following Wednesday's attack on Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, many Muslims found themselves in the spotlight once again, forced to ap...

The Religion of Blood

Satpal Singh | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Satpal Singh

To save humanity from tearing itself apart, we must reject the erroneous premise that some human beings have been created as less than others. We must accept as inviolable and "self-evident" the truths that God is indeed compassionate and all-loving, and that all of us have been created equal.

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

Freedom of Speech: When a Human Right Is Sometimes a Luxury

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 01.18.2015 | Media
Nancy Graham Holm

Young diaspora Muslims are flocking to Syria and signing up with ISIS to fight in a cosmic war while others plot domestic violence against secularism in their adopted homelands. Nothing as horrific as 9-11 or 7-7 has yet to take place but some believe it's just a matter of time.

Dynamic Interpretations, Static Books: A Response to Bill Maher and Reza Aslan

Alex Ebert | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Alex Ebert

We are having the wrong debate. This isn't about religion, this is about culture. To understand this we need the context of history -- something both of those nincompoops (and most polemicists) somehow forget.

A Spiritual Solution to Religious and Racial Violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

On a deep and genuine level, people of the various faiths have to accept that God has given multiple ways in which people can serve, worship, and reunite with him. We have to start to honestly feel this way and not just recite it.

Mob Kills Woman And Girls Over Facebook Post, Police Say

Reuters | Syed Raza Hassan | Posted 09.26.2014 | World

(Updates with comment from witness, adds PICTURE tag) By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, July 28 (Reuters) - A Pakistani mob...

Intolerance and Violence

Martin Marty | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

In today's world, I get inspiration from the American Muslims who abhor all the violence and who host and invite me and Jews and other Christians of my kind to their hyper-peaceful Iftar dinners during Ramadan. These are small beginnings, but they are beginnings.

Religion Has No Answer for Sectarianism

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

The phenomenon of intra-religious strife highlights the key problem with using religious texts and doctrines to address ethical issues in general, and in particular, how we treat other human beings. All holy texts, and the doctrines derived from such texts, are infinitely malleable.

Muslims Close Shops To Protest Buddhist Attacks In Sri Lanka

AP | BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Muslims shut their shops in Sri Lanka's capital on Thursday to protest recent attacks by hard-line Buddhists and demand th...

Indian Democracy: Maturing But Flawed

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Indians are caught between a rock and hard place. On one hand they want the government to reignite India's economic growth. And yet the party with the most pro-business credential is also cloaked in anti-modern social views that will further disadvantage India's struggling minorities and women.

Less Than 1,000 Muslims Are Left In CAR Capital City

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As the number of Muslims in Bangui, the Central African Republic capital, dwindles to an estimated 900, the head of a global alliance of churche...

Global Religious Violence Reaches New High

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) – Violence and discrimination against religious groups by governments and rival faiths have reached new highs in all regions of the world ...

Rising Religious Hostilities Ring the Bells of Alarm Across the Globe

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

Religious hostilities, intolerance, radicalization, polarization, marginalization, and discrimination are on the rise. It seems that the situation worsens by the day, while the accompanying violence is particularly alarming in Africa and -- to a lesser degree -- in South East Asia.

No One is Born a Killer

Search for Common Ground | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

By Lena Slachmuijlder I remember the meetings well. Rape, pillage, murder, extortion... the list of heinous offenses committed by Congolese soldiers ...

Religious Leaders Uniting the Nation for Peace

Search for Common Ground | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

Together, we reminded each Zimbabwean, regardless of political or religious persuasion, to take responsibility for peace. The religious leaders, though not perfect, must be recognized for their role in the peace process.

Myanmar Muslims Forced Into Hiding

AP | KHIN MAUNG WIN | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion

THANDWE, Myanmar -- THANDWE, Myanmar (AP) — Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar on Wednesday, one day after fleeing a new ro...

Does Religion Promote Violence?

Derek Flood | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Derek Flood

Does religion make you a better person, or does it in fact do the opposite, and instead foster hate, fear, and violence? One does not have to look far to find examples of violence done at the hands of religious power, but is religion itself really to blame?

New Report Documents Scope of Religious Violence in Burma

Jake Scobey-Thal | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Jake Scobey-Thal

In the end, the fire in Yangon was indeed the result of an electrical shortage, but the suspicions surrounding the incident underscored a new normal: the brutal violence directed towards Muslims was now a national crisis.

Washington's Statue of Hypocrisy: Putting a Smiley Face on Indonesia's Religious Intolerance

Phelim Kine | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Phelim Kine

In early June, the Indonesian government erected a 16-foot gleaming white statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, on Washington's Embassy...

LOOK: Mosques And Churches Destroyed In Syria Conflict, Icons Desecrated

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion

Violence in the city of Qusayr in central Syria has caused its 50,000 original inhabitants to almost totally desert it, as government and rebel forces...

Man Who Bombed Mormon Church Freed After 25 Years

AP | MICHELLE L. PRICE | Posted 09.08.2013 | Crime

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who bombed a Mormon church building in 1988 and sparked a 13-day standoff at a polygamist compound that left a correction...

Violence Has No Religion: New Rules For Bill Maher On Islam

Marwan Bishara | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Marwan Bishara

I enjoy watching Real Time with Bill Maher whenever I can, and I especially appreciate the wittiness and humor of his New Rules. Alas, whenever the subject of Islam and the Middle East pops, the show turns ugly.