Ellen Petro

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Egypt, religion and liberal democracy

It is no surprise that the Egyptian revolution has turned into a farce (Editorial, 15 August). Liberal democracy cannot be implanted into religious societies. Look what such attempts have produced in Iran, Pakistan, Gaza, Tunisia, Turkey and now Egypt. The inconvenient truth is that the flower of …

Zoroastrian faith joins Queen's Coronation celebrations

The leader of the Zoroastrian faith in Europe explains why his community will be making its own prayers for the Queen and reveals the heritage behind a frequently misunderstood religion.<p>The invitation of the Zoroastrian faith to the Westminster Abbey service to commemorate the 60th anniverary of …

Zen Buddhism teaches us of the importance of living in the present | Tim Lott

Forget about learning from the past and applying those lessons to the future: reclaim and expand the present moment<p>Ever since I was a child, I have been acutely sensitive to the idea – in the way that other people seem to feel only after bereavement or some shocking unexpected event – that the …

Buddhist monks are buying into Thailand’s new religion: consumerism

Today marks Wan Khao Phansa, the beginning of Buddhist Lent, a holiday during which many monks in Thailand retreat to their temples for three months of meditation, study, and shunning of the material world.<p>But the centuries-old holiday stands in stark contrast with the material habits of the …

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Jimmy Carter Blames Religion for Global Mistreatment of Women

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women and girls across the world.<p>The 88-year-old human rights activist said Friday that male religious leaders perpetuate misguided doctrines of male …