Tag: Religion

Hundreds arrested ahead of verdict on Babri Mosque demolition verdict

Indian police have arrested more than 500 people ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on a hotly disputed religious site in the holy city of Ayodhya, media reports said, with authorities fearing the verdict could trigger unrest. The decision on the future of the site...

Four killed as police fire on Bangladesh protesters

At least four people were killed and nearly 50 injured Sunday after police fired on thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims protesting a Facebook post by a Hindu who allegedly defamed the Prophet Mohammed, officials said. Mob attacks over Facebook posts perceived to be blasphemous have emerged...

Man confronted for giving out bibles to primary school children

A video circulating on the Internet showed a Malay-speaking man taking issue with another man for giving out bibles to Primary school children. In the video, a man whose face is not shown walks up to a middle-aged man and asks, “Excuse me, what is...

Indonesia president urges delay in law banning sex outside marriage

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday called for a delay in passing a new law that would outlaw gay and pre-marital sex after the controversial plan sparked a public outcry. The proposed criminal code overhaul should get a closer look given the backlash, Widodo said,...

Assam security tight for Indian ‘citizens list’ release

by Anup Sharma Security was tightened Friday in the Indian state of Assam for the release of a citizens' list that could potentially lead to several million people becoming stateless, most of them Muslims, in a process the government wants to replicate nationwide. Those left off...

Former diplomat: Muslim youth should not depend on the Internet for their identities

Singapore — What does it mean to be a Muslim for Gen Z youths and Millennials? The Institute of Policy Studies in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs recently organised a forum on Religion, Extremism, and Identity Politics last July 24 at the Orchard...

Easter death metal show definitely cancelled, “no plans for postponement”

The controversial death metal concert by Singaporean band Devouror is definitely cancelled, much to the dismay of fans and delight of critics. Goatlordth Records, the organiser of the gig, stated that there are no plans to move the performance to a later date. The decision...

New study shows younger Singaporeans more open to letting religious extremists air their views online

Singapore—A new study has been published by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on March 28, Thursday, showing that more than 25 percent of Singaporeans said that religious extremists should be allowed to air their beliefs and perspectives online. For Singaporeans aged 18 to...

China continues aggressive campaign to ‘Sinicise’ Christianity, purge religions of ‘Western influences’

The Chinese government has long taken control of religious freedom in the country. Churches must be state-sanctioned, and their theologies policed to be in accordance with the Party’s ideologies. Xu Xiaohong, China’s chairman of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), recently announced...

Grabfood driver stops and prays along the street while waiting for orders, gains much respect from netizens

Singapore – The scene is set in front of an eatery along a quiet street in Katong on December 12. Facebook user Rudy Corleone saw a GrabFood driver waiting for his order to arrive which he would then deliver to his client. While waiting,...