Topic archives: Religion

The other Catholic Church

November 23, 2010

There's the Catholic Church that hogs the headlines, covers up sex-abuse claims and fights against condom-use. And then there's the Catholic Church full of nuns caring for HIV patients in forgotten villages across the globe, writes Jo Chandler.

Burqa ban is a mass displacement

Burqa ban is a mass displacement

September 29, 2010 12

Why is a burqa now offensive and its opposite -- the bikini, which used to be banned in NSW -- now acceptable? Now Italy is talking about a burqa ban.

A pro-Islam bias in Texan schools?

September 24, 2010

Members of the Texas Board of Education think that the current prescribed school textbooks are too pro-Muslim and anti-Christian in their focus. A worthy recipient of our 'USA: WTF?' tag, we think.

Praying for peace: the Muslim prayer room in the Twin Towers

September 13, 2010

The twin towers of the World Trade Center held a Muslim prayer room, a popular and calm place. It's an important fact to remember amongst all the mosque near Ground Zero vitriol: Muslims and Islam have always been a part of life there.

Islamophobia is a myth

August 25, 2010

The debate over whether to build a mosque just blocks from Ground Zero isn't about intolerance, writes Jonah Goldberg, in a controversial article about the 'myth' of anti-Muslim sentiment in the States.

Breaking the fast: Ramadan in Cairo

August 19, 2010

Scott Bridges experiences sunset in Cairo during Ramadan, when residents spill onto the street to get their first bite to eat and drink after a long hot day in the holy month fast.

Should Catholic priests ditch the celibacy rule?

August 17, 2010

Over 1,000 children in the UK alone are estimated to have been fathered by Catholic priests. One of them explains what was like growing up with his father's identity kept secret.

Obama is not a ‘Nazi’ and abortion is not a ‘holocaust’

June 30, 2010

US politicians often refer to their opponents as "Nazis" or horrible events as "a holocaust" but these just trivialise one of history's most disturbing atrocities, writes Rabbi Marvin Hier.

Dear Pope Benedict: we would like to keep shagging priests

May 28, 2010

Forty Italian women who have had relationships with Catholic priests have written an open letter to the Pope, calling for the Vatican to scrap its policy on celibacy for priests.

What did Jesus do?

May 21, 2010

The more you read the Gospels, the less you seem to know about who Jesus really was. Adam Gopnik goes searching through the texts to find some truth.

Make cartoons, not war: how Muslims should protest

May 21, 2010

For Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, a group at a US university walked around drawing stick figures of Muhammed on the pavement. The Muslim Students Association drew boxing gloves over them, turning the figures into mini Muhammed Alis. Smart move.

Mocking Mohammad: just because we can, doesn’t mean we should

May 20, 2010

Today is Everybody Draw Mohammad Day on Facebook, with bloggers around the world sketching lewd pictures of the prophet to protest censorship. But is this really about free speech, or just an excuse to be a jerk?

Father Marcial Maciel: Mexico’s most notorious pedophile priest

May 19, 2010

Powerful Mexican priest Marcial Macielmay have died two years ago, but his life is suddenly getting a lot of attention in Mexico's newspapers: with new revelations of child sexual abuse, bigamy, drug abuse and plagiarism being uncovered every day.

Awake!: the most widely read magazine in the world

May 19, 2010

The most widely read magazine in the world isn't made by Conde Nast or News Corp -- it's made by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The New York Review of Magazines goes door-knocking.

Holy real estate prices: how churches make money

Holy real estate prices: how churches make money

May 18, 2010

Churches aren't just selfless, religious organisations. If the Mormon church was a company, it would make the Fortune 500 list, while the Catholic Church owns more real estate globally than anyone else.

Yoga wars: giving the finger to the sun

May 14, 2010

Yoga, traditionally a Hindu religious practice, has become a semi-spiritual meditation exercise mix in the West. Should Yoga uphold its Hindu roots or is a mish-mash fair game?

Beware of the burqa bandits infiltrating parliament

May 11, 2010

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has called for a burqa ban in Australia. Great, I have to weigh in on this ridiculous old "un-Australian" argument against Muslims again? asks Shakira Hussein.

Why it’s easier to take the piss out of Christians than Muslims

May 7, 2010

Comedians don't mock Christians because they particularly hate them, or they're too scared to mock Muslims, says Barrett Brown: they do it because the West is full of Christians. Ditch the persecution complex.

Cory Bernardi’s sinister plot to ban the burqa

May 7, 2010 31

Senator Corey Bernadi’s call to ban the burqa is more sinister than many other similar calls around the world. Do his comments amount to religious vilification?

Plain-talkin’ Pell to get a promotion

May 7, 2010

Word is that Aussie Cardinal George Pell is about to be appointed as the Vatican's head prefect, putting him in charge of 5000 Bishops worldwide. Heads will roll, predicts Damian Thompson.