Tag: Religion

Indonesia boosts Christmas security over potential terror threat

Muslim-majority Indonesia will deploy nearly 200,000 security personnel nationwide ahead of Christmas to guard against potential terror attacks, police said Tuesday. The Southeast Asian archipelago of 260 million has significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists who have been targeted by radical Islamist groups. On Tuesday,...

Religion in Japan: it comes naturally

by Miwa SUZUKI As Pope Francis, the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, prepares to visit Japan, AFP looks at the religions the Japanese have followed for centuries. What's the main religion? There is no state religion in Japan but the nation's principal religions are Shinto...

Pope Francis kicks off Asia tour with Buddhist temple visit

Pope Francis will visit one of Thailand's famed gilded temples Thursday to meet the supreme Buddhist patriarch, on the first full day of his Asian tour aimed at promoting religious harmony. The 82-year-old pontiff is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he...

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...