Tag: religion

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China Brainwashing Priests at ‘Patriotic’ Training Courses

The Chinese Communist Party, under Xi Jinping, has expanded its religious crackdown on Islam and Christianity to Taoism. In a column Friday, the Global Times cites a “patriotic” Taoist priest who insists the native Chinese religion is not Chinese enough without “core socialist values.”

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Pew: Religion Sharply Divides Democrats Along Racial Lines

The notorious divide between Republicans and Democrats on the issue of religion is actually between Republicans and white Democrats, a new Pew Research Center study reveals, with non-white Democrats more closely resembling the GOP in matters of faith and practice.

In this Saturday, March 31, 2018, file photo, Chinese Bishop Joseph Li Shan, center, walks down the aisle during a Holy Saturday Mass on the evening before Easter at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing. China says restricting the Vatican’s control over the appointment …

China Extends Religious Crackdown to Assemblies of Foreign Citizens

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported Wednesday that the nation’s religious regulation agency has drafted new rules to “protect foreigners’ religious beliefs” by demanding they rigorously detail their religious activity in the country when participating in “group religious activities.”

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Pollak: American History, the Passover Way

Imagine if we Americans learned, and taught, our history not as something that happened in the past, but as an experience that we ourselves had lived through.

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Pakistan’s High Court: Not Identifying Religious Faith Is ‘Betraying the State’

A top court in Pakistan recently issued a verdict that deems citizens who refuse to identify their religious faith guilty of “betraying the State” and “exploiting the Constitution,” which has established Islam as the country’s religion and the Quran as a collection of guiding principles behind all laws in the nation.

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U.S. Withholds Another $45 Million From U.N.’s Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Agency

TEL AVIV — The Trump administration is for now withholding $45 million it pledged last month to the Palestinians as part of a “West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal” led by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which ministers to so-called Palestinian refugees, the U.S. State Department told reporters on Thursday.

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Lefty Twitter Mocks Prayer after 26 Killed in Texas Church

Texans faced the greatest mass murder in the state’s history on Sunday as an atheist gunman killed 26 people in a church. Liberal social media users wasted little time to mock prayer, Christians, and Republicans in response.

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Delingpole: Aussie ex-PM Abbott Slams Climate Change ‘Religion’

Climate change is a religion whose followers behave like members of the Inquisition; it’s a condition where the cure is causing far more damage than the alleged disease; it’s a recipe for killing jobs, lowering standards of living and hurting the poor…

Writer Sally Quinn speaks onstage at The Lasting Impact of Anita Hill during Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women in the World Summit at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Nolte: Washington Post Readers Deceived About Religion Writer Sally Quinn’s Occultism

Among her elite social circles in Washington, DC, and the Hamptons, Washington Post religion writer Sally Quinn did not keep her use of black magic a secret. In a lengthy and glowing profile, the Washingtonian reveals that Quinn’s fascination and outright use of the dark arts were just another part of her wide and varied social scene.

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Pew: All 50 U.S. State Constitutions Make Reference to God

Despite America’s official status as a secular nation without an established national religion, the constitution of every U.S. state makes reference to the divinity, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

Members of the 'Ladies in White' dissident group march in Havana, March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

State Department Report Highlights Repression of Christians in Cuba

The U.S. State Department has revealed persistent persecution of Christians in Cuba in its 2016 religious freedom report released Tuesday, highlighting actions to suppress Christian dissident group the Ladies in White in particular and the use of state bureaucracy to prevent the spread of the faith.