February 26, 2008

Arrested for Flirting in Saudi Arabia

by Rachael Grant

On Saturday in Saudi Arabia, 57 men were interrogated after they were arrested for allegedly flirting with women in front of a shopping mall in Mecca. According to the Okaz paper, which is reported to be close to the government, the religious police arrested them, for amongst other things, dancing to blaring pop music and […]

Americans Fluctuate In Faith According To Study

by Rohan Parker

According to a new study of more than 35,000 Americans conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Americans are comprised of 78.4% Christians, 4.7% other faiths, and 16.1% unaffiliated. The study shows that the average Buddhist in the U.S. lives in the West and is a Caucasian convert. The average Jehovah’s Witness […]

February 25, 2008

Clinton Favored By Religious White Democrats

by Rohan Parker

Among extremely religious white Democrats, support is much higher for Hillary Clinton than for Barack Obama. According to exit polls taken on February 15 to 20, 57% of Democratic voters who were white (non-Hispanic), and attended church regularly, supported Hillary Clinton, whilst only 29% of the same group supported Barack Obama. However among those Democrats […]

February 22, 2008

More Inclusive Islamic Student Associations

by Rohan Parker

When a pretty undergraduate student strode confidently in an a miniskirt and no head covering up to Amir Mertaban as he sat at a recruitment table for the university’s Muslim Students Association a few years back, he didn’t expect her to say Salamu aleykum – a common Arabic greeting meaning peace be upon you – […]

Californian Death Penalty Under Consideration

by Rohan Parker

Both prosecutors and defense lawyers came to the agreement last Wednesday that the Californian death penalty structure was in serious need of re-evaluation, however could not agree on what was the cause and solution to the issues facing the system. A hearing was held in Los Angeles in front of a state reform commission in […]

New Commentary On The Torah By Women

by Rohan Parker

For the last few thousand years the Hebrew scriptures, called the Torah, have been interpreted and analyzed by men. Now, because of the efforts initiated by one woman, the thoughts and interpretation of Jewish women will be included in discussions. Sarah Sager spoke before the national convention of Jewish women, saying that to be taken […]

February 21, 2008

Legal Status Sought for Embyros

by Rachael Grant

The Roman Catholic Church in France has made a plea, following a court ruling by The Cour de Cassation on February 6th letting parents of miscarried foetuses enter their names in the official civil registry, to give embryos a clear legal status. The Cardinal of Paris, Andre Vingt-Trois, stated that allowing the foetuses status would […]

Deportation For Christians who Break the Law

by Rachael Grant

The Jordan Minister of State for Information and Communication Affairs, Nasser Judeh, has revealed that the Jordanian authorities have deported a number of foreign Christians. The Christians were considered to have broken the law by carrying out missionary activities. Judeh went on to praise a statement that had been issued by leaders of churches in […]

Religious Leader to Face Rape Charges

by Rachael Grant

In South Korea, the leader of a religious sect was extradited back from China to face charges of rape. The Jesus Morning Star sect leader, Jung Myung-seok, 63, had been on the run for more than six years when he was finally arrested. Authorities in China were asked to arrest him and send him back […]

Saudi Religious Police Under World Scrutiny Again

by Rohan Parker

The religious police of Saudi Arabia are in the line of fire yet again, with a renewed outcry about their blunderous attempts to enforce the country’s oppressive social policies. The new controversy revolves around an American businesswoman who, whilst working on a project in Saudi Arabia, had a coffee in a Starbucks with one of […]

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