Posts Tagged ‘religious’

US Calls Xinjiang an ‘Open-Air Prison,’ Decries Religious Persecution by China

China’s national flag is seen waving at the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, Texas, July 22, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Adrees Latif. The Chinese government has turned its western Xinjiang province into essentially an “open-air prison,” a US State Department official said on Wednesday as the department published a report that criticized China’s persecution of […]

Israel stampede: Dozens crushed to death at major religious festival

Dozens of people were crushed to death during a stampede at a religious bonfire in northeast Israel on Friday, rescue services said. At least 44 people were killed during the event while more than 150 sustained injuries, reported Haaretz. “MDA is fighting for the lives of dozens wounded, and will not give up until the […]

Dozens Killed In Stampede At Jewish Religious Festival In Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — The director of an Israeli ambulance service has confirmed that nearly 40 people died in a stampede at a religious festival in northern Israel. Eli Beer, director of Hatzalah, said he was shocked by the size of the crowd at the Lag BaOmer celebrations at Mount Meron. Police were quoted as saying […]

Dozens Crushed to Death in Crowd at Israeli Religious Festival

MOUNT MERON, Israel—Dozens of people were crushed to death in a crowd at a religious bonfire festival in Israel on Friday, medics said, in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as a “heavy disaster.” The crush occurred as tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews thronged to the Galilee tomb of 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar […]

Connecticut Ends Religious Vaccine Exemptions for Students

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law on Wednesday a bill that ends religious exemptions from mandatory school vaccinations in the state. Medical exemptions from immunizations remain in effect. “Serious illnesses that have been well-controlled for many decades, such as measles, tuberculosis, and whooping cough … have reemerged,” Lamont said in a statement. “The number […]

Quebec court upholds law banning yarmulkes, other religious symbols in workplace

MONTREAL (JTA) — A top court in the Canadian province of Quebec has mostly upheld a provincial law banning Jews and other religious minorities who work in public from wearing religious symbols such as yarmulkes, crucifixes and hijabs in their places of employment. The Quebec Superior Court ruled last Tuesday that Bill 21 — also […]

Montana Gov. Signs Bill Prohibiting Gov’t from ‘Burdening’ Citizens’ Religious Liberty

(Christian Headlines) — Saying he wants to protect the “right to freely exercise their religion,” Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill into law Thursday that prohibits the government from “burdening” an individual’s religious liberty and gives citizens the right to sue if they believe their rights have been infringed. The new law, known as […]

Quebec court upholds law banning Jewish religious symbols in workplace

A top Quebec court mostly upheld a provincial law banning Jews and other religious minorities who work in public from wearing religious symbols such as yarmulkes, crucifixes and hijabs in their places of employ. The Quebec Superior Court ruled Tuesday that Bill 21 — also known as the “secularism” or “laicity” law — does not […]

VA GOP Rejects Religious Exemption to Convention Vote

The Virginia GOP State Central Committee voted down a measure on April 22 that would have allowed some Jews to vote via absentee ballot during the party’s upcoming convention. The convention takes place on May 8, a Saturday, meaning that Jews who observe Shabbat would have no way of being able to vote without an […]

Quebec court upholds law banning kippas and other religious symbols in the workplace

News and Partnerships Life and Culture Columnists and Opinion Haaretz Heb and TheMarker Haaretz.com, the online English edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, gives you breaking news, analyses and opinions about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. © Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved Source 00 Hits: 0

Beijing urges Washington to refrain from using religious freedom as a reason to interfere in China’s internal affairs

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has demanded that the US stop using falsehoods about religious freedom in China as an excuse to interfere in Beijing’s internal affairs, labelling Washington’s commission on the issue as “prejudiced.” Speaking on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian dismissed claims that religious freedom is compromised by Beijing, noting that “China […]

Supreme Court lifts California restrictions on at-home religious gatherings

The Supreme Court extended a string of decisions overturning pandemic restrictions on religious gatherings, ruling Friday night that California’s restrictions on at-home gatherings unfairly limited religious freedom. The 5-4 ruling, in which Chief Justice John Roberts again joined the liberal justices in the minority, lifted rules limiting at-home gatherings in much of the state to […]

To oust Netanyahu, Lapid would choose rightwing religious Jews over Palestinian parties

For those who follow Israeli politics, the news is continued stalemate. The fourth parliamentary election inside of two years on March 23 produced no clear result, and though Prime Minister Netanyahu got the nod from the Israeli president to try to form a governing coalition, it is quite an uphill climb for him. He has […]

Orthodox Jewish couple accuses NYC of religious discrimination

An Orthodox Jewish coupled has filed a federal lawsuit accusing two New York City agencies of discrimination in affordable housing lotteries, according to The Associated Press. Chaim and Chana Katz said they faced discrimination when they applied for a three-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2017. The lawsuit names the city’s Department of […]

The Struggle for Space: On the Significance of Religious Minorities

Are we losing the “in-built” measures of modernity in the religious minorities’ struggle for reclaiming equal and free space in India? The answer rests in the response of India’s religious minorities to the state of its shrinking democracy. Four Christian women including two nuns were travelling together in a group by Utkal Express from Delhi […]

Canada’s Religious Freedom in Decline, Says Former Ambassador for Religious Freedom

As Canada’s first and only religious freedom ambassador, Andrew Bennett spoke out for the persecuted faithful in China and Iran as well as other countries notorious for suppressing freedom of belief.  Fortunately, Canadians are not subjected to religious persecution, but Bennett nevertheless warns that there’s been a gradual erosion of religious freedom in Canada that […]

Satanists sue for religious right to ritual abortions

“The ritual goes like this: Before the abortion takes place … a member of The Satanic Temple will look at her reflection, be reminded of her personhood and responsibility to herself, take deep breaths, focus on her intent and make herself comfortable. When ready, she will say the third and fifth tenet of the temple […]

Israeli universities make global Top 100 list in religious studies

News and Partnerships Life and Culture Columnists and Opinion Haaretz Heb and TheMarker Haaretz.com, the online English edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, gives you breaking news, analyses and opinions about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. © Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved Source 00 Hits: 8

Religious Pluralism Won’t Be Achieved in the Courts

Israel’s Supreme Court. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. JNS.org – Reactions to this week’s Israeli Supreme Court ruling about recognizing the validity of conversions to Judaism by non-Orthodox denominations are all out of proportion to its actual significance in terms of the number of those affected by the decision. Representatives of both Reform and Conservative Judaism, as […]

For years, we fought Israel’s Kahanists. We lost, and Jewish religious extremism has won

News and Partnerships Life and Culture Columnists and Opinion Haaretz Heb and TheMarker Haaretz.com, the online English edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, gives you breaking news, analyses and opinions about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. © Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved Source 00 Hits: 14

You Need to Take the Religious Left Seriously This Time

What I know about trauma is that when you’re in the middle of a trauma, it’s much more difficult to process it than it is once even a modicum of safety has been established. I anticipate that as the pressure of the pandemic begins to lessen, the reality of the trauma that we’ve been through […]

Haredi Parties Pledge Loyalty To Netanyahu; Smotrich’s Religious Zionism Doesn’t

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu partly reestablished the bloc of right-wing, religious parties that successfully prevented the formation of more centrist and secular coalitions after previous elections. The ultra-Orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism parties signed on to Netanyahu’s loyalty pledge on Tuesday, agreeing that they will not independently join a government led by any party […]

Religious-Right Home-School Advocate and Anti-Masker Heidi St. John Launches Congressional Bid 

Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a run for U.S. Congress Sunday in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler became a target of supporters of former President Donald Trump after voting for his impeachment in January and revealing damning details about a phone call between […]

House Poised to Vote on Sweeping ‘LGBT’ Bill Expected to Further Endanger Religious Liberty

(NBC News) — Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., reintroduced the Equality Act in the House of Representatives on Thursday, with a vote on the sweeping LGBTQ rights bill expected next week. The move brings the bill one step closer to potentially establishing the first federal discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Specifically, it would prohibit discrimination based on sexual […]

The Compassion Problem: Why Do Some Religious People Fail to Live Up to Religious Teachings?

February 19th, 2021 By Steve Taylor, Ph.D. Guest writer for Wake Up World The teachings of religious leaders such as Jesus and the Buddha set a high bar for human behavior that their followers have often struggled to meet. It’s not easy to love your enemy; it’s not easy to turn the other cheek when someone insults or injures […]

‘Map of hatred’: Half of Israeli religious teens would strip Arab right to vote, poll finds

News and Partnerships Life and Culture Columnists and Opinion Haaretz Heb and TheMarker Haaretz.com, the online English edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, gives you breaking news, analyses and opinions about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. © Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved Source 00 Hits: 3

Public Uproar Rolls Back Decision of Religious Sharia Court in Gaza

(The Media Line) A ruling restricting the freedom of movement and travel of adult men and women issued on Sunday by the Supreme Sharia Court Council in Gaza triggered public outrage among youth and rights activists. But following protests in front of the court and online, the decision “will be reconsidered,” the head of the council […]

Jehu, Jericho, and Haman’s Gallows: Trump’s Religious-Right Allies Turned To Violent Bible Stories  

Journalists and scholars are increasingly taking note of the role that Christian nationalist ideology and religious-right rhetoric played in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, sharing information and analysis on Twitter with the hashtag #capitolsiegereligion. Right Wing Watch has  extensively documented violent rhetoric from religious-right leaders and at religious-right events both before and after the Nov. 3 election. Many of former President Donald Trump’s religious-right […]

Religious-Right Leaders and Media Foster White Evangelicals’ Adherence to Conspiracy Theories

A new survey by the conservative American Enterprise Institute reported that white evangelical Protestants are far more likely to believe  QAnon conspiracy theories, Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, and false  claims that antifascist activists and not Trump supporters were responsible for the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. About half of white evangelical […]

What is the history of religious head coverings in Congress?

When David Schoen, a Jewish-American lawyer representing former US president Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, kept his hand over his head whenever he drank a glass of water on Tuesday during the Senate-held debate, he placed a spotlight on the fascinating history US Congress has concerning hats, religious beliefs, and traditions. Schoen, who is […]

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