Category Archives: Human Rights and Religion

A French September 11?

The cover of Le Monde, the leading French newspaper, displayed a photo of the spontaneous rally at the place de la République on Wednesday evening, 7 January, following the horrific attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier in the … Continue reading

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Burial Politics and Intolerance in France

Burial politics and intolerance seem to have been involved in an incident concerning the burial of a Roma (gypsy) baby during the holidays in France. The mayor of the town of Champlan, where the baby lived and died, allegedly refused … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity and Religious Violence, Death and Burial Practices, European Wars of Religion, Historiography of Religious Violence, Human Rights and Religion, Iconoclasm, Law and Religious Intolerance, Purity and Pollution, Religious Intolerance, Religious Nationalism | 1 Comment

A Crisis in Secular Studies?

Religion and religious violence are evoked almost daily by politicians and journalists, who often distinguish between ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ politics. Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor at Georgetown University, questions popular and academic usages of ‘secularism’, which often seem contradictory. Berlinerblau argues … Continue reading

Posted in Comparative Religious Studies, Concept of Religion, Historiography of Religious Violence, Human Rights and Religion, Religion and Globalization, Religion and International Relations, Religious Intolerance, Religious Minorities, Religious Politics, Religious Violence in the Media, Research on Religious Violence, Secularism | Leave a comment

Religious Change in Catholic Italy

Statements by Pope Francis have prompted changing religious attitudes in Catholic Italy, especially regarding gay and lesbian Catholics. “The new pope’s words and deeds have emboldened liberal Italian priests to push boundaries they never would have under Benedict XVI,” according … Continue reading

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UN Committee Accuses the Vatican for Abuses

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a critical report yesterday, accusing the Papacy of actions that have allowed the continuation of child abuse. The report charges that the Vatican “has not acknowledged the extent of … Continue reading

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