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China's Leaders Harness Folk Religion for Their Aims

July 29, 2010

Author: Louisa Lim

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128672542

In China, folk religion has undergone a remarkable rebirth since the days of the Cultural Revolution four decades ago, when all religious worship was banned.

One example of a folk goddess that has gained an enormous following is Mazu, a sea deity believed to protect sailors and fishermen. Though she started as a local folk goddess, she...

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Ban Jewish Burka, Say Israeli Rabbis

July 29, 2010

Author: Nathan Jeffay

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/node/36322

Israeli rabbis are set to ban the burka for a small group of radical Jewish women who have taken to wearing it.

Two years ago, it emerged that around 100 women in the city of Beit Shemesh had begun to cover their faces with a veil and wear numerous layers of clothing to obscure their body shape. When many rabbis criticised the trend, the women took no notice because they...

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Legal Challenge for New Zealand Shechitah Ban

July 29, 2010

Author: Dan Goldberg

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/36308/legal-challenge-new-zealand-shechitah-ban

New Zealand's small Jewish community has begun mounting a legal case against the nation's centre-right government in a bid to overturn a ban on the kosher slaughter of meat.

Community spokesperson David Zwartz said that attempts to convince Agriculture Minister David Carter to...

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Faith Leaders Protest Arizona Immigration Law

July 29, 2010

Author: Michelle A. Vu

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100729/faith-leaders-to-oppose-arizona-immigration-law/index.html

Some religious leaders from Arizona and elsewhere are coordinating nationwide protests against the state’s new immigration law, which takes effect Thursday.

Beginning with a prayer vigil at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix...

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Faith Leaders Protest Arizona Immigration Law

July 29, 2010

Author: Michelle A. Vu

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100729/faith-leaders-to-oppose-arizona-immigration-law/index.html

Some religious leaders from Arizona and elsewhere are coordinating nationwide protests against the state’s new immigration law, which takes effect Thursday.

Beginning with a prayer vigil at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix...

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China's Leaders Harness Folk Religion for Their Aims

July 29, 2010

Author: Louisa Lim

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128672542

In China, folk religion has undergone a remarkable rebirth since the days of the Cultural Revolution four decades ago, when all religious worship was banned.

One example of a folk goddess that has gained an enormous following is Mazu, a sea deity believed to protect sailors and fishermen. Though she started as a local folk goddess, she...

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Ban Jewish Burka, Say Israeli Rabbis

July 29, 2010

Author: Nathan Jeffay

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/node/36322

Israeli rabbis are set to ban the burka for a small group of radical Jewish women who have taken to wearing it.

Two years ago, it emerged that around 100 women in the city of Beit Shemesh had begun to cover their faces with a veil and wear numerous layers of clothing to obscure their body shape. When many rabbis criticised the trend, the women took no notice because they...

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