Tag: Religious

Laws that limit religious rights embolden racists, particularly Islamophobes

Charles Taylor, co-author of the Bouchard-Taylor report, speaks at a legislature committee studying a bill on secularism on May 7 at the legislature in Quebec City.Last week, parliamentary hearings began on Quebec’s Bill 21, which would ban public employees in “positions of authority” from wearing religious symbols. In his testimony, the philosopher Charles Taylor stated that he and Gérard Bouchard were wrong to propose restrictions on religious symbols in their 2008 report on reasonable accommodation.

Taylor affirmed he had been “very naïve” for not foreseeing that such proposals would stigmatize religious minorities and feed intolerance. ..more: THESTAR

Majority say Muslims, Jews face more discrimination than other religious groups

Image result for Majority say Muslims, Jews face more discrimination than other religious groupsA majority of registered voters in a new a new Hill-HarrisX poll say Muslims and Jews face more discrimination than other religious groups in the U.S.

Eighty-five percent of respondents said Muslims face discrimination, while 15 percent said they face almost no discrimination or no discrimination at all in the U.S. Seventy-nine percent also said Jews face discrimination, with 21 percent disagreeing…more:  the  hill

The myth of religious violence

Bullet candlesIt was these European wars, in the 16th and 17th centuries, that helped create what has been called “the myth of religious violence”. It was said that Protestants and Catholics were so inflamed by the theological passions of the Reformation that they butchered one another in senseless battles that killed 35% of the population of central Europe……more:  theguardian.com

Religious Thoughts Act Like Love and Drugs!

Image result for Religious thoughts act like love and drugs 01:07 Most Americans, about 89%, say they believe in God, and some have felt God’s presence while listening to a sermon or sensed time stand still while they were in deep prayer or meditation. Now, a new study shows through functional MRI scans that such religious and spiritual experiences can be rewarding to your brain….MORE: cnn.com

Allah said: “I have created all of My servants naturally inclined to worship one God but it is the devils who turn them away from their religion. They make unlawful for them what has been made lawful for them, and they command them to associate partners with Me, although no authority has been revealed for them.” (Sahih Muslim) MORE

Pope Francis at Al Azhar: Religious leaders must unite to defeat ‘barbarity’

Leaders of all faiths should unite in renouncing religious extremism and counter the “barbarity of those who foment hatred and violence,” Pope Francis said on Friday at the start of a two-day visit to Cairo.
“Let us say once more a firm and clear ‘No!’ to every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion or in the name of God,” the pope told a peace conference at Egypt’s Al Azhar university, the revered, 1,000-year-old seat of learning in Sunni Islam that trains clerics and scholars from around the world…more: alarabiya.

‘Confronting Religious Violence’ focus of interfaith talk

Not-in-Gods-Name-US-cover.jpgWEST SPRINGFIELD – The pubic is invited to an April 5 interfaith discussion at the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts that concludes a group study of an award-winning book written by an English-born rabbi about the need to lessen intolerance among religious faiths. The concluding gathering for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” includes dinner and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the society’s headquarters, 377 Amostown Road. It is sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts, South Hadley’s Center Church, First Church Congregational, United Church of Christ, and the society….more: masslive.

How religious are ‘Islamic terrorists’ like ISIL?

I”‘m often surprised how many Muslims still think terrorists are religious zealots and the problem is with religious “extremism” as if the violence stems from an overly enthusiastic reading of the Quran. While their overlords may use religion to make propaganda videos, terrorists are rarely motivated by religion at all. See this short video for more on this” Dalia Mogahed…..more: aljazeera.com

A Story You Never Heard: “Muslims Saved Two Thousands Jews Out of Religious Obligation During World War II”

the head of the Bektashi (Jewish) sect, with more than seven million followers, tells the story of Albania’s Muslim Leader, who gave a secret order during the Nazi occupation: “All Jewish children will sleep with your children, all will eat the same food, and all will live as one family,” the order read…more: ireport.cnn.com

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Benjamin Gladstone: All Jews Should Register as Muslims: Because We Know the Horrors Of Religious Registration All Too Well

In a German Prisoner of War (POW) camp in 1944, the American Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds called upon all of the captured soldiers to stand with the Jews of the camp despite Nazi orders to separate. Edmonds, a Christian, feared for the fate of the Jewish soldiers if the Nazis were able to identify them, and he put his own safety on the line to protect them. He saved their lives…MORE:  forward