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Religious Violence

Mob Kills Woman And Girls Over Facebook Post, Police Say

Reuters | Syed Raza Hassan | Posted 07.28.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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.

An Eye For An Eye

T. Sher Singh | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

There is no dearth of those in India who will roll their eyes heavenwards on a moment's notice and quote you Mohandas Gandhi's words: "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind," and wallow in the borrowed glow.

Jesus To Church Leaders: 'How Dare You In My Name?'

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The history of Christianity is marked by violent acts that do not bring to mind images of peace or love, acts that are antithetical to Jesus' life and ministry and that fly in the face of his most important teaching: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Muslims In America, Christians In Pakistan

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Ethan Casey

As an American, I feel shamed by the ways that my society mistreats Muslims here. By exactly the same token, Pakistan and all Pakistanis are shamed by mistreatment of Christians in Pakistan.

Violent Acts Leave Some Thankful For Their Lives

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Some of our neighbors are grateful just to be alive -- not because of natural disasters but because of members of their community. Two incidents of violence, one extreme, were perpetrated at houses of worship in recent days.

A Diwali Meditation On Free Speech

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

May the words that we speak be always free, but free also in the most profound religious sense: free from the intention to hurt, free from falsehood, free from disrespect, and free from violence.

Driscoll, Piper, Calvin And God's Gift Of ... Racism?

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Sorry, free will, but you're out. In order for God to be properly sovereign (all powerful), humanity cannot have so much control over their own destiny.

Violence Violates Free Speech And Islam

Harris Zafar | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Harris Zafar

This is a lesson for the whole world, and Muslims must use this guidance to collectively exhibit a mature response to such terrible acts. Let us join hands to uphold the peaceful teachings of Islam and the Quran.

Muslim Mobs Insult Muhammad's Legacy

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

How can we expect non-Muslims to believe that Islam is a religion of peace, when Muslim mobs around the world make liars of us all, Muhammad included? Those mobs of angry Muslims are ignorant of his legacy.