Posts Tagged ‘Religious intolerance’

Church leaders welcome review of Indonesian religion laws Comments 0

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Catholic leaders in Indonesia have welcomed an announcement that the government will review religion laws that critics say restricts constitutional protections to religious freedoms. “The most important thing is that freedom of religion and of worship guaranteed in the constitution must not be narrowed with regulations that can create problems,” Father Guido Suprapto, the Indonesian Read more

Evangelical Christians attack Muslims in Papua Comments 0

Friday, July 24th, 2015

In Papua, 15 Christian and Muslim leaders have issued a joint apology after an attack by some evangelical Christians on Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fit. Six houses, eleven kiosks, and a mushala (small mosque) were burned, and a man was shot dead. “We regret the burning of mushala and the attack on Muslims in Tolikara, which Read more

Indonesian Islamic extremists attack Catholics saying rosary Comments 0

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A group of Islamic extremists in the area of Besi have attacked a meeting of Catholics in the parish of the Holy Family of Banteng , in an area north of Yogyakarta (island of Java). It has been alleged that dozens of armed people wearing robes assaulted a group while saying the rosary at a Read more

Muslim school leader dismayed at reaction Comments 0

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Offensive graffiti appearing on the site of a proposed Muslim school, and negativity circulating about the Muslim education system, has dismayed the Al-Noor Charitable Trust. The former St Patrick’s Primary School site, in South Dunedin, was bought in April this year by the Christchurch-based charity which has plans to spend about $8 million building the Read more

Woman fined for ordering student to remove burqa Comments 0

Friday, October 25th, 2013

A foreign student had nightmares after a shopper told her to either take off her burqa or leave New Zealand while she was shopping at a Dunedin supermarket, a court has been told. Yuet Rappard, a farm worker, appeared in front of Justices of the Peace in the Dunedin District Court yesterday and was found Read more

Christchurch Islamic Centre vandalised Comments 0

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A vandalism spree at the Christchurch Islamic Centre is not believed to be racially-motivated. Representatives of the Lincoln Rd centre contacted police today after finding the premises had been entered and damaged. Sergeant Todd Webley of Christchurch Police says there is no indication at this stage that the break-in was racially motivated. “There are no Read more

US report: Religious intolerance on the rise worldwide Comments 1

Friday, September 21st, 2012

A report released on Thursday by the US thinktank Pew Research Centre’s Forum on Religion and Public Life notes a sharp rise in religious restrictions worldwide. The report titled “The Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion” shows a six percent increase in restrictions in the four years until 2010. The report cites evidence that paints Read more

Islamist hardliners cause Lady Gaga to cancel Indonesian Show Comments 0

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Lady Gaga has cancelled her sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the nation’s youth. The controversy was a blow to the predominantly Muslim country’s reputation for combining free speech and democracy with a mostly moderate brand of the faith. Continue reading Related Read more

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: religious intolerance will wipe out Christianity Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The cardinal mounted a critical attack on atheism and its attitude to those with religious beliefs, warning: “In the name of tolerance it seems to me tolerance is being abolished.” “No one is forced to be a Christian. But no one should be forced to live according to the new secular religion as if it Read more

UN condemns religious intolerance, drops ‘defamation’ line for first time in years Comments 0

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

For the first time in more than a decade, the U.N. General Assembly on Monday condemned religious intolerance without urging states to outlaw “defamation of religions,” an appeal critics said opened the door to abusive “blasphemy” laws. The call on countries to prohibit “defamation” had been included in a non-binding resolution on combating religious intolerance passed annually by the 193-nation assembly.

The resolution approved on Monday declares that “discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief constitutes a violation of human rights.” It also expressed concern about the incitement to religious hatred and the failure of some states “to combat this burgeoning trend.”

The General Assembly adopted the resolution by consensus without a vote.


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