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BLASPHEMY laws, in the sense of laws that penalise speech or acts that disrespect God or the sacred, are “astonishingly widespread”. From the harshest laws to the mildest, all of them deviate in some degree from the international norms that uphold freedom of belief and expression.
LIKE every democracy, Britain has laws and practices which forbid employers from discriminating against their workers, or would-be workers, because of their religion.
HOWEVER improbably, Northern Ireland’s second city has often been compared to Jerusalem. Styled officially as Derry-Londonderry because its rival communities cannot agree on what to call it, this is a place with multiple blessings and afflictions.
FARKHUNDA MALIKZADA was a promising, intelligent Afghan woman of 27 who seemed optimistic about life until the day she was falsely accused of burning a Koran. (In fact, she was a devout Muslim who had made enemies by denouncing illegal trading in a holy shrine.) A mob beat and burned her to death.
Americans working at the interface between religion and care for the global environment have a new spring in their step these days. The reason is a paradoxical one.
AS YOU might expect, Germany’s Catholic hierarchs were less than thrilled when legislators voted on June 30th, by 393 votes to 226, to legalise same-sex marriage.
A STRONG tactical alliance between conservative Protestants and conservative Catholics has been a feature of America’s ideological landscape for at least a couple of decades.
UK politicsRead more British election coverage ON THE face of things, the two parts of Ireland have never looked more different. As noted in a previous Erasmus posting, the Irish republic will soon have a young, half-Indian prime minister (taoiseach) who is openly gay.
While some people fear that relations between Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and their respective entourages have been too warm and cosy, others feel that those relations ought to be even closer.
IN THE commentariat, the world of higher learning (religious and otherwise) and the corridors of political power, the long-running, hot-tempered debate about the real nature of Islam shows no sign of reaching a conclusion.
At a time when pressing matters of finance and geopolitics dominate the diplomatic agenda, issues of religious freedom hardly ever surface in exchanges between the world’s powerful countries. High-level debates about freedom of belief are so relatively unusual these days that they stand out.
CHILDREN’S literature and religion have a close but contentious relationship. The stories of Narnia, penned by the Belfast-born writer C.S. Lewis, have a Christian subtext which the author did not hide.
It is being described as the gravest crisis in the Holy See since Pope Francis took office in 2013. If you take the original meaning of the word crisis, a time of judgment, that is certainly accurate.
AS THE would-be guardian of the world’s most precious places and patrimony, UNESCO can hardly avoid entering into the field of religion. But given the vast and quarrelsome diversity of its member states, the UN’s educational and cultural agency finds it hard to address this sensitive subject, as some recent news stories have shown.
AMONG the world’s more spectacular venues for non-religious weddings are some historic stone buildings dotted along the high points of Ireland’s north coast: places where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of a short, choppy stretch of water.
IN THE realm of European Islam, nothing is going quite to plan. In the perfect scenario of the continent’s mainstream politicians, the law-abiding majority of Muslim citizens would be coming together now in a massive, thundering condemnation of terrorism.
FOR anyone interested in the boundary between faith and public policy, Tim Farron’s resignation merits careful study.
AN UNEXPECTED item popped up on the agenda of Pope Francis in recent days. Although the meeting did not feature in his pre-announced weekly schedule, on June 8th it became known that he had squeezed in some time to confer with six bishops from Venezuela, one of the most troubled places in the historically Catholic world.
ON THE face of things, the two parts of Ireland have never looked more different. As noted in a previous Erasmus posting, the Irish republic will soon have a young, half-Indian prime minister (taoiseach) who is openly gay.
NEWS that Ireland is about to have a young, openly gay, half-Indian taoiseach (prime minister) came as more of a surprise to the rest of the world than it did to people who live on the island and experience its fast-changing social reality.