from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Was religion relevant?

August 23, 2010

Jakarta introduces women-only trains to avoid groping

INDONESIA/JAKARTA (Reuters Life!) - Women-only train carriages were launched this week in Jakarta in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, in an attempt to avert groping and sexual harassment on packed commuter trains.

from Our Take on Your Take:

Children in the month of Ramadan

August 20, 2010

A Muslim woman feeds her child as others pray in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 2010.  Your View/Edin Tuzlak

A girl waits to receive food during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the grand mosque in Gavzin, Iran, August 2010.  Your View/Mohammad Shiri

This week saw a wide range of submissions illustrating events marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. These three selected images have another common theme as they capture children involved in those events.

from Tales from the Trail:

Poll shows Americans are confused on Obama’s religion

August 19, 2010

USA-POLITICS/OBAMAA year and a half  into his presidency, Americans appear to be growing more uncertain about Barack Obama's religion.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Last rites?

August 18, 2010
Zsa Zsa Gabor asks for last rites

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 15 (Reuters Life!) - Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, a fixture in Hollywood for six decades, asked that a priest read her the last rites on Sunday, following hospitalization two days earlier due to complications from hip surgery.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Backing the mosque?

August 17, 2010

Obama backs controversial New York mosque project USA-NEWYORK/MOSQUEWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York -- a project opposed by conservatives and many New Yorkers.

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community.

from FaithWorld:

Christian-themed TV shows spark complaints in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon

By Reuters Staff
August 15, 2010

saudi tv 1Television shows with Christian themes have sparked complaints in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon in recent days, but from different groups and for different reasons.

from FaithWorld:

Saudi royal order says only appointed clerics can issue public fatwas

By Reuters Staff
August 13, 2010

saudi fatwasSaudi King Abdullah has ordered that public religious edicts, or public fatwas, be issued only by clerics he appoints, in the boldest measure the ageing monarch has taken to organise the religious field.

from FaithWorld:

Israel Museum takes a new look at the history of the Holy Land

August 9, 2010

jerusalem museumA new Jerusalem exhibit displaying a million years of history in the Holy Land offers Bible buffs and skeptics alike a chance to say: "I told you so!"  The Israel Museum, fresh-faced after a three-year, $100 million upgrade, offers an unparalleled look into the development of monotheistic religions, while leaving plenty of room for both science and faith.

from FaithWorld:

Young Americans more loyal to religion than Baby Boomers

By Reuters Staff
August 9, 2010

religion survey Younger Americans, between the ages of 36 to 50, are more likely to be loyal to religion than Baby Boomers, according to new research.

from Global News Journal:

Religious leaders and the EU take tentative first steps

By Andrea Swalec
July 23, 2010

religion

Top European Union officials held talks this week with religious leaders, part of a policy of holding consultations with religious groups that was enshrined in the EU's Lisbon reform treaty, which came into force last December. But not everyone supports the move.
 
More than two dozen Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders -- joined by a representative each from the Hindu and Sikh communities -- met  the presidents of the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council on Monday to discuss how to fight poverty and social exclusion.