How the British developed a taste for religion in politics

How the British developed a taste for religion in politics

How the British developed a taste for religion in politics LONDON (RNS) The past week has been difficult for a British Christian political leader — his faith the subject of news stories and sometimes hostile questioning by journalists. Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and an evangelical Christian, was questioned repeatedly about his views on homosexuality during the general election campaign, which began on April 17. Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats Party,  speaks at the launch of the party’s general election campaign in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Britain, on May…

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Religion and politics clash over Sierra Leone abortion bill

Religion and politics clash over Sierra Leone abortion bill

Religion and politics clash over Sierra Leone abortion bill Religion : Christian and Muslim religious leaders wait to meet parliament members to oppose a law that would have legalized abortion in Freetown, Sierra Leone, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) – When she was 15, long before she became gender adviser to Sierra Leone’s president, Naasu Fofanah was raped by her church pastor. With her mother’s help, she had an abortion, a decision she does not regret, even though it involved breaking the law. “That is the choice I…

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Why Buddhism, a religion of tolerance, is falling prey to hate-speech: Panel

Why Buddhism, a religion of tolerance, is falling prey to hate-speech: Panel

Why Buddhism, a religion of tolerance, is falling prey to hate-speech: Panel “The politics of fear overrules wisdom or compassion” in Buddhist-majority countries where anger against minorities is rising, note panellists on the programme Between The Lines. BANGKOK: The rise of hate speech in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka is of grave concern – and something that states should tackle, says a noted Thai Buddhist intellectual, because of the danger it poses. “It’s very dangerous, much more dangerous than weapons,” said Mr Sulak Sivaraksa, an internationally-regarded Buddhist activist,…

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MANNY PACQUIAO’S POLITICS MAKE IT HARD TO ROOT FOR THE MAN

MANNY PACQUIAO'S POLITICS MAKE IT HARD TO ROOT FOR THE MAN

MANNY PACQUIAO’S POLITICS MAKE IT HARD TO ROOT FOR THE MAN PACQUIAO’S : Poor Manny Pacquiao. All the boxer wants to do this week is return to the ring after a seven-month retirement, take the WBO welterweight championship belt from current champion Jessie Vargas, and make millions of dollars, but the outside world keeps interfering, demanding to know not just what the longtime fighter thinks of his chances against Vargas but what the new senator thinks of his country’s draconian anti-drug policies and recent self-destructive geopolitical maneuvering. What a fucking hassle.…

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Action man: How Putin rocked the media outside politics (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Action man: How Putin rocked the media outside politics (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Action man: How Putin rocked the media outside politics (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) Russian President Vladimir Putin (foreground) submerges 83 meters under water on board a bathyscaphe near Sevastopol to see a sunken ancient vessel. © Aleksey Nikolskyi / RIA Novosti   Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent dive to the bottom of the Black Sea was just the latest of a number of exploits he has undertaken over the years, which has seen him put out wildfires, race a Formula 1 car, fly with a flock of cranes and more… Horse riding…

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Chelsea Handler nixes two-party politics: ‘I’m not a Democrat anymore’

Chelsea Handler nixes two-party politics: 'I'm not a Democrat anymore'

Chelsea Handler nixes two-party politics: ‘I’m not a Democrat anymore’ The election of Donald Trump has inspired Chelsea Handler to re-think her political affiliation. The outspoken comedian sat down with Variety hours after leading the Women’s March at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday in Park City, Utah, for a wide-ranging interview, discussing everything from Trump to women’s rights to two-party politics. Handler revealed that after the results of the 2016 election, she no longer considers herself a Democrat. “Divisiveness is not the answer, and I think to get that message, we…

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