Attacks in Sydney and Pakistan shocked the world this week. Amid these tragedies we witnessed unexpected solidarity and outpourings of support on social media, hatred being countered by hashtags and the hope of reconciliation.
The International Humanist and Ethical Union’s Bob Churchill says targeting atheists, seculars and liberals for their thoughts and beliefs risks widening the range of targets for hatred and exclusion.
The CDC plans to encourage male circumcision for babies, boys, teens and men, asserting that the procedure can reduce their risk of contracting HIV and other STIs from women. Heteronormative presumptions aside here, should the snip require personal consent?
This month’s religious freedom news and views from around the world. Read with caution. Prozac optional.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is pushing 70. Her hopes for a shot at Myanmar’s presidency next year seem lost. Will Aung San Suu Kyi finally speak up for her country’s persecuted and stateless Rohingya minority in 2015?
Two-finger and hymen tests are flawed, misguided, degrading and discriminatory. Meh, says Indonesia, administering them to female police and military recruits.
Religion Newswriters assembled 15 journalists, editors and media professionals from across Myanmar for an intensive training course on how best to cover religious freedom and conflict. Here’s the resolution they bring back to their newsrooms.
Brittany Maynard ends her life. ISIS fighters crucify a Syrian teen for taking photos. And Women of the Wall host a sneaky bat mitzvah in Jerusalem. This and more in this month’s recap.
An event aimed at teaching Muslims how to properly pet dogs has bred controversy in religiously diverse Malaysia, highlighting deeply rooted tensions among moderate, conservative and minority viewpoints.