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RELIGION

Op-ed

Here’s Every Rebuttal To The “It’s Our Religion” Excuse On Gender Discrimination

Given the recent public attention regarding the bar on women by Several Hindu temples in India, it is important that we address each of the claims made by defenders of this long-held cultural phenomenon. When the “It’s our religion” argument is used to validate sexism, it often serves to be a particularly impenetrable line of defense, wherein those who speak out against rampant discrimination are shunned by their religious communities and their words are deemed to

Europe/UK, International, Politics

Ireland’s Progressive Movement Towards Liberalism

Across dozens of religious and cultural values, the practice of abortion remains a highly contentious issue. Some beliefs, such as that of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam believe in the protection of the mother and permit abortion during extenuating circumstances. Others, like Catholicism, forbid it completely, regardless of the situation. These beliefs, as well as other factors, have immense influence over the policies that countries institute regarding abortion. For example, China possesses freely available

Feminism

Why The World Wants #JusticeForNoura

It’s heartbreaking to think that we live in a world which sentences a teenage girl to death because she killed her rapist husband; this is the story of Noura Hussein, a 19-year-old Sudanese girl that is facing, in these days, the terrible sentence the court has given her, hoping that there will be changes and that she will decide her own fate. Noura was forced into child marriage, an issue that is still, sadly, common

Race

I’m White In An Arab Country And I’m Sick Of The Islamophobia

Dear Islamophobes, I’m a Westerner living in an Arab country and I’m sick of the ignorance. Spending my most intense teenage years split between Italy and the Middle East meant that every year that passed, I felt closer to the international vibe of Dubai and more distant from the typical Italian life that was once part of my routine. One thing that, in particular, I experienced a lot and started bothering me more and more

Op-ed

Opinion: France Shouldn’t Shame People for Being Religious

I remember the first time I truly felt a sense of belonging. I was young, I don’t know how old, I had a chunni covering my head, a Kharra (Sikh bangle) dangling on my right arm and I was sat crossed-legged on the floor in the Darbar Sahib of my local Gudwara. Listening to the holy verses of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji in a congregation of people, I felt at one. I had

Race

Please Stop Using Buddhist Heads as Ornaments

Some people will go to extreme lengths to appear spiritual or edgy, which is fine, to a certain extent. But often this turns into cultural appropriation and can be extremely offensive to large numbers of people. Chances are, you’ve seen the head of the Buddha in ornament form at some point. In white countries, they’re everywhere. Let me explain why this is such an enormous problem. I know the majority of people aren’t trying to

Op-ed

Religion Seen Through a Feminist’s Eyes

Judaism is a strange religion in my view. The majority of our beliefs are fairly Liberal, but the more Orthodox people within our religion seem to believe otherwise. You would think that since the majority of our religion’s beliefs are liberal, that the more observant Jews would be the most Liberal of them all, but the truth is, they’re not. They strictly follow what used to be, and not what now is. I have always

Real Life

Do “Healing Crystals” Really Work? Science Says No

Healing crystals seem to be everywhere nowadays — celebrities Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevigne have been seen crystal shopping, and crystal shops are thriving in areas like Los Angeles. Proponents claim that different crystals can boost your energy, relieve stress, and even repel “negative energy and pollutants”.  Modern crystal “healing” borrows from a myriad of cultural traditions including the Chinese chi or qi, a “life-energy”, and the Hindu or Buddhist concept of chakras. These crystals

Feminism

How Growing Up In a Religious Indian Household Has Affected Me

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had to participate in Christian traditions. Since my family is Indian and strictly conservative, it obviously made my childhood extremely fun. But other than being forced to partake in a 45-minute prayer every night as well as attending church every Sunday, it additionally influenced me heavily throughout my life. In school, I was bullied for “defending my religion.” My mother always made sure to remind me that I was

Op-ed

Confused Christianity: The Misguided Focus of Theists

‘Let him that is among you without sin, cast the first stone’ – John 8:7 GNV. Jesus said this to the religious leaders of the time when they wanted to stone a woman to death as punishment for adultery. He called upon them to recognize that her ‘sin’ was no greater than any of theirs. The quote has become more and more relevant over the centuries as religious groups continue to peddle hate speech supposedly

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