from India Insight:

‘I am very disillusioned.’ India’s film censor quits over ‘MSG’

January 16, 2015

India's film censor board chief Leela Samson quit her post on Friday after a government tribunal reversed the board's decision to prevent the release of a film about a Sikh religious leader for portraying him as a god, which they fear could offend other Sikhs.

Duke University reverses plan for bell tower Muslim call to prayer

By Reuters Staff
January 16, 2015
Duke University chapel tower,

(Duke University chapel tower, 17 May 2009/Tony Ballioni)

Duke University scrapped plans on Thursday to allow the Muslim call to prayer to emanate from its chapel bell tower, university officials said, amid fierce criticism from conservative Christians and anger from alumni.

Pope’s U.S. visit a chance to mend fences with conservative Catholics

January 16, 2015
(Pope Francis smiles as he delivers his messages during a mass at the Cathedral church in Manila January 16, 2015. Pope Francis called on the Philippine government on Friday to tackle corruption and hear the cries of the poor suffering from "scandalous social inequalities" in Asia's most Catholic country. Pope Francis arrived in Manila on Thursday for a five-day visit. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

(Pope Francis smiles as he delivers his messages during a mass at the Cathedral church in Manila January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

Pope says ‘ideological colonization’ threatens the traditional family

January 16, 2015
(Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives for a meeting with Filipino families in Manila January 16, 2015. Pope Francis called on the Philippine government on Friday to tackle corruption and hear the cries of the poor suffering from "scandalous social inequalities" in Asia's most Catholic country. The Pope arrived the Philippines on Thursday for a five-day visit, the second and last leg of his week-long Asian tour. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

(Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives for a meeting with Filipino families in Manila January 16, 2015. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

Indian censor official quits over spiritual leader’s Bollywood dreams

By Reuters Staff
January 16, 2015
(A cinema goer watches Bollywood movie "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride), starring actor Shah Rukh Khan, inside Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 11, 2014. The movie, released in October 1995, has set a record of completing 1000 weeks of continuous screening at a cinema, a feat unmatched by any other Bollywood movies. According to Manoj Desai, owner of the theatre, the movie, which is still being screened, enjoys at least 50 to 60 percent occupancy on weekdays and full house on weekends at his theatre. The movie is screened only in the morning and the ticket price ranges from 15 to 20 Indian rupees ($0.24-$0.32). Picture taken December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(A cinema goer watches a Bollywood movie in the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

Belgium’s marginalized Muslims fight in Syria out of despair

January 16, 2015
(Belgian police block a street in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 15, 2015. At least two people were killed when Belgian counter-terrorist police raided an apartment used by suspected Islamist radicals on Thursday, local media said, describing a coordinated, national operation related to last week's attacks in Paris. Judiciary officials confirmed only that a counter-terrorism operation took place in Verviers. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Belgian police block a street in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 15, 2015. At least two people were killed when Belgian counter-terrorist police raided an apartment used by suspected Islamist radicals there.REUTERS/Stringer)

from The Great Debate:

To become ‘French,’ abandon who you are

By Justin Gest
January 16, 2015

YOUNG MUSLIM PROTESTER SEEN DURING STREET PROTEST OF SIKHS AGAINST FRENCH BAN ON RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ...

PHOTO (TOP): A young Muslim girl has two French flags and a headband reading "Fraternity" on her headscarf while marching to protest a French ban on religious symbols in state schools, Paris, January 31, 2004. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Angela Merkel vows to protect Germany’s Jews and Muslims from extremism

January 15, 2015
(German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

After Paris attacks, Pope Francis speaks out against insulting religions

January 15, 2015
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(Pope Francis gestures as he answers questions from a journalist during the flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Manila in the Philippines January 15, 2015. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

Orthodox Christians retrieve holy cross from icy Istanbul waters

January 14, 2015

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More than a dozen swimmers have braced the icy waters of Istanbul’s Golden Horn to take part in one of the world’s oldest polar bear plunges: the ancient Greek Orthodox rite celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany.