When fundamentalist religion battles education

When fundamentalist religion battles education

Meredith Tax – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/OD/50:50) New York, U.S., AMERICAS: At a time when global warming requires that we do our most creative thinking, public education and free thought are under attack by both austerity programs and religious fundamentalism. So where are our new creative thinkers supposed to come from? When the city […]

French ban on Muslim women veils faces legal challenges

French ban on Muslim women veils faces legal challenges

Lisa Bryant for VOA – WNN Justice (WNN/VOA) Paris, FRANCE, WESTERN EUROPE: Two years after becoming law in France, a ban on face-covering Muslim veils is facing a pair of high-profile legal challenges.  The cases in French and European courts may force Paris to roll back the legislation and have ramifications elsewhere in Europe.   […]

Greater religious diversity begins to get public support throughout Lebanon

Greater religious diversity begins to get public support throughout Lebanon

Isabella Eisenberg – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/CGN) Halba, LEBANON, WESTERN ASIA: Here, in the northern Lebanese district of Akkar, Catholic-Maronite, Sunni, Greek-Orthodox and Alawi villages are scattered all over the landscape. The Syrian border is a 15 minute drive to the north of the northern Lebanese town of Halba, and residents can hear shelling […]

France denies burqa rights as Canadian Muslim women enjoy more religious freedom

France denies burqa rights as Canadian Muslim women enjoy more religious freedom

Elsa Rizkallah – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/CGN) Montreal, CANADA, AMERICAS: As the burqa controversy continues to make headlines in France, it is worth examining what France could learn from Canada, which has worked to reconcile freedom of religion with national security and women rights. Bills banning the burqa – a garment that fully covers […]

A global society makes fair reporting on world religions vastly important

A global society makes fair reporting on world religions vastly important

Ruth Eglash – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/CGN) Jerusalem, ISRAEL, WESTERN ASIA: It’s an issue that affects people’s lives across the world everyday yet most media institutions do not dedicate much time, resources or manpower to covering religion. That was the assessment of some 25 journalists from six continents and 23 countries who gathered in […]

Barcelona, Spain works to turn around immigrant prejudice

Barcelona, Spain works to turn around immigrant prejudice

Maria-Paz Lopez – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Barcelona, SPAIN, EUROPE: “They are invading us”, “They don’t respect the rules”, “They don’t pay taxes”, “They don’t want to integrate”, “They get special subsidies to open businesses”, are just a few of the often repeated accusations against immigrant communities in Spain. To deal with rising prejudices, Barcelona City […]

Cracking through the myth about Muslim men in America

Cracking through the myth about Muslim men in America

Nadia S. Mohammad  – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) New York, N.Y. UNITED STATES: “Terrorist.” “Jihadist.” “Misogynist.” “Brown.” “Bearded.” “Un-American.” These are the terms and images often associated with Muslim men in America. A compilation of autobiographical essays by Muslim American men, All-American: 45 American Muslim Men on Being Muslim, presents a series of personal accounts that […]