from The Great Debate:

Irish plunge stake through Catholic Church’s heart

By John Lloyd
June 5, 2015

A Yes campaigner poses for a picture in Dublin Castle as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage

A Yes campaigner poses for a picture in Dublin Castle as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Bangladesh academics get death threats from militant Islamist group

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2015
(Dhaka University Mosque.)

(Dhaka University Mosque. 16 December 2009/Ranadipam Basu)

Death threats to academics in Bangladesh, including the junior home minister, are fuelling a climate of fear following the killings this year of three online critics of religious nationalism in the Muslim-majority nation.

Kenyan leader proposes new tactics in fight against militant Islam

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2015
(Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves after attending celebrations to mark Kenya's Madaraka Day, the 52nd anniversary of the country's independence, at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi, June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

(Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves after attending celebrations to mark the 52nd anniversary of the country’s independence, in Nairobi on June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

Activists outraged as Myanmar jails writer on charge of insulting Buddhism

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2015
(A boy salvages belongings amid burnt debris at Htan Kone village in Myanmar's northern Sagaing region August 25, 2013. Authorities restored order in Myanmar's northern Sagaing region on Sunday after a Buddhist mob set fire to nearly two dozen Muslim-owned buildings and attacked rescue workers in the latest widening of sectarian violence in the former military-run state. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

(A boy salvages belongings amid burnt debris at Htan Kone village in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region after a Buddhist mob set fire to nearly two dozen Muslim-owned buildings, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Vatican defends Australian cardinal against charges of disregard of sexual abuse

June 2, 2015
(Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 6, 2013. Catholic cardinals said on Tuesday they wanted time to get to know each before choosing the next pope and meanwhile would seek more information on a secret report on alleged corruption in the Vatican. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Arizona mosque, site of anti-Islam protest, holds ‘love not hate’ event

By Reuters Staff
June 2, 2015
(Rabbi Jeremy Schneider and Imam Mahmoud Sulaiman hug during an interfaith rally titled "Love is Stronger than Hate" at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States June 1, 2015. The rally was held in response to an earlier anti-Muslim rally at the same location. REUTERS/Deanna Dent)

(Rabbi Jeremy Schneider and Imam Mahmoud Sulaiman hug during an interfaith rally titled “Love is Stronger than Hate” at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Deanna Dent)

China’s Panchen Lama pledges his patriotism in a sensitive year

June 2, 2015
(Gyaltsen Norbu (R), the 11th Panchen Lama, speaks with a delegate ahead of the opening of the third plenary meeting of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 11, 2015. Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is becoming less influential, both abroad and in Tibet, but his suggestion he will not reincarnate is still a "betrayal" of the religion and the country, a top Chinese official said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

(Gyaltsen Norbu (R), the 11th Panchen Lama, speaks with a delegate ahead of the opening of the third plenary meeting of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Massachusetts judge orders end to decade-long vigil at Catholic church

By Reuters Staff
June 1, 2015
(Scituate town sign, )

(Scituate town sign, 25 September 2007/Edward O’Connor)

A Massachusetts judge on Friday ordered parishioners of a Roman Catholic church who have occupied the building for more than a decade while the archdiocese attempted to close it to end their vigil by next week.

Islam center stage as Turkish election campaign enters final week

June 1, 2015
(Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pose for a selfie ahead of an election rally for Turkey's June 7 parliamentary elections in Ankara, Turkey, May 30, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

(Supporters of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pose for a selfie ahead of an election rally for Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary elections in Ankara, Turkey, May 30, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

Egypt deploys scholars to teach moderate Islam, but skepticism abounds

June 1, 2015
(Students revise for a Koran verbal recital exam in one of the Al-Azhar institutes in Cairo, Egypt, May 20, 2015. Picture taken May 20, 2015. To match Special Report EGYPT-ISLAM/AZHAR REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

(Students revise for a Koran verbal recital exam in one of the Al-Azhar institutes in Cairo, Egypt, May 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)