Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Pope Francis and Sunni Muslim imam get-together Comments 0

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Pope Francis and Sunni Muslim imam of Al-Azhar will begin talks again next year. The talks stopped five years ago. It is expected they will begin again in Rome next April. Officials from the Vatican’s office of inter-religious affairs are going to Cairo this weekend for a preparatory meeting. Their aim is to lay the Read more

Islamic terrorism doesn’t exist – religion’s not about murder Comments 0

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the sequester after a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House in Washington March 1, 2013. Obama pressed the U.S. Congress on Friday to avoid a government shutdown when federal spending authority runs out on March 27, saying it is the "right thing to do." 

Islamic terrorism doesn’t exist because religion is not about murder, President Barack Obama says. He is defending his refusal to speak about “Islamic terrorism”. He wants us to “make sure that we do not lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world who are peaceful … responsible … fellow troops and police Read more

Islam awareness week – Muslim Kiwis show off their treasures Comments 0

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Fijian-born Ibrar Sheikh hopes the Islam Open day in Aotea Square on the weekend has helped tackle misconceptions about his community and show that “Kiwi-Muslims are just like other New Zealanders.” The Open Day was one of the main activities of the Islam Awareness Week. Sheikh said it was a very unique opportunity for people Read more

Filipino Christians fear going to Mass due to threats from Islamist radicals Comments 0

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Filipino Christians are afraid to go to Mass because of perceived threats from Islamist radicals. “Before, the Philippines was a dream place for inter religious dialogue between Christians and Muslims … but now people are frightened even to go to Mass”, said Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, an Italian missionary in Italian missionary living in Mindanao in Read more

Muslim women’s beach ‘burkini’ banned – but some say it’s better than briefer togs Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 e1459589338805

The burkini – modest swimwear designed for Muslim women – is causing controversy and outrage, with some wanting it banned and others claiming it’s better than togs that expose too much flesh. The ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit on some French beaches has triggered disdain in English-speaking countries, where outlawing religion-oriented clothing is seen Read more

Muslims go to Mass in France and Italy Comments 5

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Muslims attend a Mass in Rome's Saint Mary in Trastevere church, Italy, Sunday, July 31, 2016. Imams and practicing Muslims attended Mass across Italy, from Palermo in the south to Milan in the north, in a sign of solidarity after the France church attack in which an elderly priest was slain. (Massimo Percossi/Ansa via AP)

In a show of solidarity with their Catholic neighbours, Muslims all over France attended Mass on Sunday, five days after a murderous claimed attack on a Catholic priest in Normandy. France’s Muslim council, the CFCM, urged Muslims to show “solidarity and compassion” over Father Jacques Hamel’s murder. “We are all Catholics of France,” said Anouar Read more

Australia ‘dealing’ with cultural difference? Comments 0

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and might never be selected for one of those comprehensive “special clearance procedures” again. Until then, that’s what a passport with a Northern Irish birthplace had got me – it Read more

Cardinal from US says Islam is not a religion but a form of government Comments 2

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Islam is “fundamentally a form of government” rather than a religion because when a state finds itself with a majority population of Muslims they have a duty to submit the whole population to Sharia law, the  Raymond Burke, the controversial American cardinal, has said. Burke said individual Muslims “are lovely people” and can speak “in Read more

Aussie senator calls for royal commission into Islam Comments 0

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Jacqui Lambie resized

An outspoken politician has called for a royal commission into Islam in Australia, noting how such a body is helping uncover child abuse in the Church. Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie’s office released a graphic comparing a “big problem”’ with Islamic radicalisation to child molestation in the Australian Catholic Church. The graphic asks if a royal Read more

Thinking about religion and ISIS Comments 0

Friday, July 15th, 2016

In his Atlantic article on “What ISIS Really Wants” last March, Graeme Wood insisted that “the Islamic state is Islamic. Very Islamic.” Wood’s detractors have been similarly emphatic, arguing that ISIS is a perversion of the Islamic faith. For Wood’s critics, secular politics, far more than religion or religious ideology, is the key to understanding Read more