religion http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20059/all en Jehovah's Witnesses investigated by police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/jehovahs-witnesses-investigated-illegal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Watchtower, the magazine for Jehovah's Witnesses, is under investigation by British police, after complaints that it is in breach of religious hatred laws </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Watchtower, the magazine for Jehovah&#39;s Witnesses, is under investigation by <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8791196/Police-inquiry-over-Jehovahs-Witness-magazine-mentally-diseased-article.html">British police</a>, after complaints that it is in breach of religious hatred laws.</p> <p> The magazine &ndash; distributed around the world - described those who leave the church as &ldquo;mentally diseased.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/jehovahs-witnesses-investigated-illegal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British police Jehovah's Witnesses religion religious hatred laws. The Watchtower Weird Wide Web GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:51:00 +0000 News Desk 5676260 at http://www.globalpost.com Coptic Christians endure a painful year in Egypt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/111110/coptic-christians-endure-painful-year-egypt <p> MELLAWI &mdash;&nbsp;Coptic Christians have long complained about discrimination in their daily lives. However, many claim that after the ouster of President Mubarak, violence and hatred towards them have increased substantially.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/111110/coptic-christians-endure-painful-year-egypt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt religion Middle East Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:34:00 +0000 Omnia Al Desoukie 5680984 at http://www.globalpost.com Church foreclosures reach record highs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120309/church-foreclosures-reach-record-highs <p> Church foreclosures have reached record numbers as the ripples of the 2008 financial crisis reach religious institutions</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120309/church-foreclosures-reach-record-highs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> religion United States Global Economy United States Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:29:46 +0000 Alexander Besant 5695460 at http://www.globalpost.com Religious belief at odds with analytical thinking, says new study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/science/120426/analytic-thinking-can-decrease-religious-belief-says-new-study <p> Canadian researchers found that thinking analytically, using reason rather than intuition, decreases religious belief.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/science/120426/analytic-thinking-can-decrease-religious-belief-says-new-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> religion Science World Religion Science Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:07:40 +0000 Alexander Besant 5702050 at http://www.globalpost.com Evangelicals accuse French officials of discrimination http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120613/evangelicals-accuse-french-authorities-discrimination <p>PARIS &ndash; In France, a new evangelical church opens every 10 days. They are known as the &quot;cellar evangelicals.&rdquo; Mainly immigrants, they struggle to find a place to worship, congregating in cellars, warehouses and even abandoned factories.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120613/evangelicals-accuse-french-authorities-discrimination" target="_blank">read more</a></p> religion France Europe World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Political Risk Sun, 01 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Clea Caulcutt 5707769 at http://www.globalpost.com 11-year-old Pakistani girl could face death penalty under Pakistani law for blasphemy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120820/11-year-old-pakistani-girl-could-face-death-penalty-under- A Pakistani 11-year-old may face the death penalty for blasphemy, the Guardian reported today, as Christian vs Muslim controversy rages on over the incident. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120820/11-year-old-pakistani-girl-could-face-death-penalty-under-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> blasphemy religion Asia-Pacific World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Pakistan Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:51:14 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5716556 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan's blasphemy law no longer sacred http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/pakistan/120911/pakistan-blasphemy-law-christian-muslims-rimsha-masih <p>ISLAMABAD &mdash; Before the case of Rimsha Masih, a 14-year-old with Down Syndrome, nobody dared question Pakistan&rsquo;s controversial blasphemy law. Now a carefully worded debate is now under way, and both Muslims and Christians are beginning to question how the law is corrupted for personal gain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/pakistan/120911/pakistan-blasphemy-law-christian-muslims-rimsha-masih" target="_blank">read more</a></p> religion Conflict Zones Pakistan Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Suzanna Koster 5718851 at http://www.globalpost.com Religious revolution: Buddhist and Hindu Congress members make history http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/121108/religious-revolution-buddhist-and-hindu-congress-members-make-history The United States didn't elect its first Mormon president on Tuesday, but it did vote its first Buddhist into the Senate, and its first Hindu into Congress.Hawaiian Democrat and Japanese Buddhist Mazie Hirono was elevated from the House of Representatives to the Senate on Tuesday, beating Republican opponent Linda Lingle. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/121108/religious-revolution-buddhist-and-hindu-congress-members-make-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Hindu religion Elections Politics United States Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:37:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5725370 at http://www.globalpost.com US State Department embraces religion with new office http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/us-state-department-embraces-religion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> State seeks to reach out to global religious leaders and communities through the creation of a new faith-focused office. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Claire McCartney </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The State Department unveiled last week the plan to create the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, focused on issues related to global religion, <a href="http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-26/national/40862875_1_religion-part-international-religious-freedom-state-department">according to the Washington Post</a>. </p> <p>The State Department said the new office “will focus on engagement with faith-based organizations and religious institutions around the world to strengthen US development and diplomacy and advance America’s interests and values.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/us-state-department-embraces-religion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> religion Belief Wed, 07 Aug 2013 23:57:00 +0000 Claire McCartney 5904912 at http://www.globalpost.com