Posts Tagged Religion

Italy moves closer to banning face-coverings

Following in suit with Belgium and France, Italy passed a draft law yesterday that entertains the expansion of public safety laws that would ban women from wearing face coverings. It appears that using government to fight religious expression is a continuing trend in the European Union.

via Guardian UK.

The draft, which was passed by the constitutional affairs commission on Tuesday, would prohibit women from wearing a burqa, naqib or any other garment that covers the face in such circumstances. It would expand a decades-old law that for security reasons prohibits people from wearing face-covering items such as masks in public places.

Women who violate the ban would face fines, while third parties who force women to cover their faces ...

Following in suit with Belgium and France, Italy passed a draft law yesterday that entertains the expansion of public safety laws that would ban women from wearing face coverings. It appears that using government to fight ...

Melissa Harris-Perry on the role of faith in politics

If you missed Melissa Harris-Perry hosting in Rachel Maddow’s absence last week, you missed out. Good news is there is plenty to see online, like this important examination of faith and politics:

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If you missed Melissa Harris-Perry hosting in Rachel Maddow’s absence last week, you missed out. Good news is there is plenty to see online, like this important examination of faith and politics:

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Hate crime victim works to save perpetrator from death row

These side-by-side interviews, with a hate crime victim who was shot in the face and the death row inmate who shot him, are simply breathtaking.

Ten days after the attacks of September 11, in Texas, Mark Anthony Stroman shot three people, killing two of them. The third, a man named Rais Bhuiyan, survived, but with grave injuries. Now, Stroman is on death row and his execution is just weeks away, and Bhuiyan is working to secure his reprieve from the death penalty.

The New York Times interviewed Bhuiyan by phone, and Stroman by letter. The result is some of the most heart-wrenching description of violence and forgiveness I’ve ever come across.

When asked why he is trying to save the life of ...

These side-by-side interviews, with a hate crime victim who was shot in the face and the death row inmate who shot him, are simply breathtaking.

Ten days after the attacks of September 11, in Texas, Mark Anthony ...

Muslim employee sues Abercrombie & Fitch for religious discrimination

News broke on Friday that a Muslim employee of Abercrombie & Fitch will be suing the company because she was fired for refusing to remove her hijab at work. The San Mateo Patch reported:

The woman, who has not been identified, is a Muslim, and “she was told that her headscarf, though worn based on a religious mandate, was not in compliance with the company’s ‘look policy,’” said those representing her in the lawsuit. She worked at Hollister Co., a subsidiary of Abercrombie & Fitch, in 2009 and 2010.

Abercrombie & Fitch has a spectacularly bad track record on employee discrimination. In 2005, it was the defendant in a class action suit in which female employees alleged that they had ...

News broke on Friday that a Muslim employee of Abercrombie & Fitch will be suing the company because she was fired for refusing to remove her hijab at work. The San Mateo Patch reported:

The woman, who ...

67% of Americans would support a gay or lesbian presidential candidate

According to a new Gallup poll, only 32% of Americans would be against supporting a gay or lesbian presidential candidate and 67% would be in support. As Think Progress mentions this a tremendous shift in mindset from say, 1978, when approximately 74% of the American public wouldn’t have supported a gay or lesbian political candidate.

What this brings up for me however is, why, despite what appears to be majority public support for gay lifestyles, has it been so hard to pass legislation in support of gay marriage? Also, this percentage would be skewed if we were to include gender non-conforming or transgender people, since I’m sure part of what has caused the change in mindset is the increased ...

According to a new Gallup poll, only 32% of Americans would be against supporting a gay or lesbian presidential candidate and 67% would be in support. As Think Progress mentions this a tremendous shift in ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Parable of the Talents

God is change.

This is the main belief of Earthseed, a new religion developed and popularized by the main character in Octavia Butler’s Nebula-Award winning science fiction novel, Parable of the Talents. Since plowing through her book last week, those three little words have floated to the top of my brain many, many times.

As someone interested in morality and faith, this book couldn’t have been more interesting. Essentially, it is about the relationship between a daughter and a mother, both aiming to survive in dystopian America where evangelical religion, violence, and ignorance have taken hold in a frightening way. Lauren Oya Olamina, the mother, is a fierce, single-focused, survivalist who has charismatic leadership qualities and, arguably, prizes her ideas above ...

God is change.

This is the main belief of Earthseed, a new religion developed and popularized by the main character in Octavia Butler’s Nebula-Award winning science fiction novel, Parable of the Talents. Since plowing through her book ...

Iranian women’s soccer team banned from 2012 Games


The Iranian women’s soccer team has effectively been banned from the 2012 Olympics because their uniform adheres to Iran’s interpretation of Islamic standards, and thereby violates FIFA’s Olympic ban on religious displays.

The law of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that women must cover their heads in public. The FIFA rules for uniforms and equipment state that “Players and officials shall not display political, religious, commercial or personal messages or slogans in any language or form on their playing or team kits.”

The Iranian women’s team, in keeping with the country’s Islamic law, plays in full-body suits that cover their hair. They were informed last week that their uniform violated the rules, moments before an Olympic qualifying match against ...


The Iranian women’s soccer team has effectively been banned from the 2012 Olympics because their uniform adheres to Iran’s interpretation of Islamic standards, and thereby violates FIFA’s Olympic ban on religious displays.

The law of the ...

Presbyterian Church to allow gay ministers

In a major reversal, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Tuesday to allow the ordination of gay folks as ministers. This brings the church in line with a number of other mainline Protestant churches. Sadly, the issue has already prompted a number of congregations to leave the church. But the vote went well, without too much controversy in the end. From the New York Times:

Although by the time the vote was taken in Minneapolis the outcome was expected, Presbyterian church officials said that even a few months ago they would not have predicted that the church was ready to change its policy.

“All of us are surprised,” said the Rev. Gradye Parsons, the church’s stated clerk, its highest elected official. He ...

In a major reversal, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Tuesday to allow the ordination of gay folks as ministers. This brings the church in line with a number of other mainline Protestant churches. Sadly, the issue has ...

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