Reported by the BBC and others, Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered the disbanding of the Jehovah’s Witnesses on Russian territory.
The ban came into effect after the court rejected an appeal by the religious group against a ruling in April… Continue reading
A YouGov poll on attitudes to the causes of Islamic and Christian terrorism shows a significant differences of views between younger and older respondents.
While “religious views” is thought to be the main cause of terrorist acts, in neither Christian… Continue reading
The Russian News Agency TASS reports that the vice-chair of the Federation Council’s Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, Elena Mizulina, has called for a package of draft laws aimed at combating destructive public associations and religious sects.
“I… Continue reading
Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia has reported that law enforcement agencies in Petrovpavlovsk-Kamchatsky broke out a window in a building where a Jehovah’s Witnesses worship service was being conducted, interrupted the service, and conducted a search.
Two armed… Continue reading
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the so-called “Yarovaya package” of laws which substantially toughen criminal accountability for a number of crimes and introduce new forms of violations of law, including “failure to report a crime”.
The package also forbids… Continue reading
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an advisory council to Congress and the US President, has added Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Vietnam to its list of countries… Continue reading
Forum18 reports that in latest cases in Russia against Sunni Muslims who read the works of the late Turkish theologian Said Nursi, eight individuals are known to be facing charges in separate criminal investigations in four different cities.
Three of… Continue reading
The Guardian reports that French Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem says pupils should be taught that the separation of church and state is there to protect them, and that the principle has been twisted by rightwing politicians.
Villaud-Belkacem told… Continue reading
TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2016 AT 6.00 ARRIVAL FOR 6.30PM PROMPT START UNTIL 8.30PM
IN PARLIAMENT (ROOM TO BE CONFIRMED)
The meeting will be considering the vexed questions of religion and interfaith in relation to issues of empire, colonialist abuse… Continue reading
Gillingham MP Rehman Chishti is campaigning for the UK to refer to the so called “Islamic State” (also referred to as ISIS or ISIL) as “Daesh” in line with other countries around the World, calling on the BBC… Continue reading