Religion Rundown December 3rd

Posted on December 4, 2012 by

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Here’s my Religion Rundown for the week from 11/25 to 12/2
Monday, November 26

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/world/asia/calls-to-end-child-marriages-in-malaysia-after-12-year-old-weds.html

New calls are being made to stop child marriage in Malaysia, where now it is legal for children under the age of 16 to be married with parents’ and courts’ permission.

“The marriage of a 12-year-old Malaysian girl has outraged advocates for children and women, who called Monday for a ban on child marriage.”

Tuesday, November 27

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/nov/27/nigeria-future-religious-groups

In a country with nearly identical Christian and Muslim populations, much tolerance can be found, with intermarriage being almost commonplace.

“In that context a large population divided almost equally between Muslims and Christians in a multitude of states, is in one respect a potential formula for unmanageable conflict. But in many parts of the country a traditional African tolerance has made intermarriage and good inter-faith relations, not least within families, commonplace. Moreover, the different faith communities are blessed with some outstanding leaders who recognise the ambiguous quality of religion in building social harmony and are committed to making their faith and their communities a force for national unity and the common good.”

Wednesday, November 28

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/28/on-top-of-everything-else-egypt-now-risking-constitutional-crisis/

With a disproportionately large Muslim influence in congress, Egypt is now attempting to pass what some consider a very Muslim constitution.

Image source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/28/on-top-of-everything-else-egypt-now-risking-constitutional-crisis/

Saturday, December 1

http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Myanmar-s-Suu-Kyi-to-head-probe-into-copper-mine-4083217.php

Police are looking in to the violent dispersion of peaceful Buddhist monks protesting in front of a copper mine in Myanmar.

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, a novice Buddhist monk, who suffered from burn injuries when security forces cracked down protesters camping at a military-backed copper mine, points to his wounds as he is treated at a hospital in Monywa, northwestern Myanmar. For Aung San Suu Kyi the democracy activist, the 25-year struggle against Myanmar's former army rulers was a largely black-and-white affair - a clear fight for freedom against one of the world's most oppressive regimes. But Suu Kyi the elected lawmaker is finding it a lot more difficult to pick her battles, and she's a lot more pragmatic when she does. Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP

Image source: http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Myanmar-s-Suu-Kyi-to-head-probe-into-copper-mine-4083217.php

Sunday, December 2

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistani-hindus-protest-destruction-of-temple-by-builder-in-southern-city-of-karachi/2012/12/02/c0f21b2c-3c94-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html

Minority Hindus in Pakistan protest the destruction of  Hindu temple, after it was razed to the ground by a Muslim builder with a police escort.

Image source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistani-hindus-protest-destruction-of-temple-by-builder-in-southern-city-of-karachi/2012/12/02/c0f21b2c-3c94-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html

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