Danielle McLelland

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Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Read Books. Here’s What One Learned.

A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”<p>Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book.<p>But not just …

Books

I’m Fully In Favour of Fivity.

<i>Count lascases — Since sixt week j learn the Englich and j do not any progress. Six week do fourty and two day. If might have learn fivity word four</i> …

Language Learning

What Kind of Friend You Are, According to Myers-Briggs

I<p><b>t took me a long time to have an interconnected group of friends, even longer to understand the interpersonal dynamics at play between us, and the</b> …

Personality

Pakistan under pressure to rein in blasphemy law

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — One of the most frightening things about Pakistan's blasphemy law is that the simplest act can spiral into charges that can bring the death penalty. In the case of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman, it started when she brought water to her fellow women workers on a farm.<p>On that …

Pakistan

Canadian couple who lost foster children over Easter Bunny win legal battle

A Canadian couple who refused to lie to their foster children by telling them that the Easter Bunny was real should not have had them taken away, a judge has rule.<p>Devout Christians Frances and Derek Baars sued the Children's Aid Society (CAS) after the agency removed their three and five-year-old …

Pennsylvania couples clutching AR-15 rifles renew wedding vows

<b>(CNN) —</b> This wasn't your average marriage rededication ceremony.<p>Hundreds of parishioners gathered at a Pennsylvania church Wednesday to exchange or renew their wedding vows -- some clutching unloaded AR-15 rifles, according to CNN affiliate WFMZ-TV.<p>The event was led by Pastor Hyung Jin Moon at the …

Jesus

Congo steps up deadly crackdown as church joins anti-Kabila protests

Clergy among hundreds detained as Catholic church leads call for president to step down<p>Hundreds of people have been arrested in a wide-ranging crackdown in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after fresh protests against the continued rule of President Joseph Kabila.<p>Security forces shot dead at …

Africa

Why Islamic State is obsessed with targeting Muslims

The Islamic State insists on slaughtering innocent worshipers, even Muslims, as they pray. The horrific massacre on Friday at a mosque in Northern …

Pope raises prospect of married men becoming priests

Pope Francis has requested a debate over allowing married men in the Amazon region of Brazil to become priests, in a controversial move that is likely to outrage conservatives in the Church, Vatican sources say.<p>The pontiff took the decision to put a partial lifting of priestly celibacy up for …

Divorce

'Exvangelicals': why more religious people are rejecting the evangelical label

“I don’t identify myself with that term any more,” Boz Tchividjian said recently. He was talking about being “evangelical”, the movement his grandfather, the Rev Billy Graham, helped popularize in America. “Words matter,” Tchividjian said, “and ‘evangelical’ isn’t like Baptist or Episcopalian, …

Religion

Commemorating International Religious Freedom Day

International Religious Freedom Day (October 27) recognizes the passing of the Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The act is a significant development towards protecting international religious freedom as it established an international religious freedom office in the U.S. State Department. …

Religion

No advertising for 'Spaghetti Monster church'

Berlin — A German court has ruled that local authorities are entitled to prevent a group calling itself the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster …

Kyrgyzstan: Trial Marks Escalation in Religious Crackdown

Copyright show: NoSqueezed onto narrow benches in an airless courtroom in a provincial town in southern Kyrgyzstan, dozens of men from Imam Rashot …

Kyrgyzstan

Pakistan Sentences Man To Death For 'Blasphemy' On Social Media

In Pakistan, a court in Punjab province has sentenced a 30-year-old man to death over posting allegedly blasphemous content on social media.<p>Prosecutor Shafiq Qureshi confirmed the sentence against Taimoor Raza, according to The Associated Press and Reuters. It's the country's "harshest handed down …

Pakistan

Russian YouTuber convicted for playing Pokémon Go in church

A Russian YouTuber who filmed himself playing Pokémon Go in a church has been convicted for “inciting religious hatred”.<p>Ruslan Sokolovsky posted his video at the height of the game’s popularity in August 2016. On Thursday he was convicted by a court in Yekaterinburg and given a three-and-a-half …

Social Media

Blasphemy Conviction for Christian Governor Could Be Sign of Deteriorating Religious Freedom in Indonesia

Jakarta’s Chinese Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, more popularly known as Ahok, was found guilty of blasphemy by a panel of five judges …

These college students believe Muslims should have religious freedom rights — but not Christians

Over the last several years, the topic of religious freedom in the workplace has become a controversial issue after several high-profile cases of Christians being penalized for turning down customers who wanted to employ their services for same-sex nuptials, citing core beliefs and values.<p>The state …

Religion

Salafists distribute Muhammad biography in Germany after 'True Religion' ban

Authorities have said a group of Salafists gave away a Muhammad biography in several German cities over the weekend. Germany recently banned the …

Turkey 'bans Christmas' at top German school in Istanbul in fresh row between two countries

A row has broken out between Germany and Turkey over what German politicians say is an attempt to ban Christmas.<p>The row centres on an elite school in Istanbul partly funded by Germany, where Turkish authorities have forbidden teachers and pupils from singing carols or celebrating Christmas in any …

Rwanda Genocide Update: Catholic Church Apologizes For Role Of Priests, Nuns In 1994 Massacre

The Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized Sunday for the church's role in the 1994 genocide, in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate …

Trying to make other people happy is counter-productive

People ask me all the time what the secret to happiness is. “If you had to pick just one thing,” they wonder, “what would be the <i>most</i> important thing for leading a happy life?”<p>Ten years ago, I would have told you a regular gratitude practice was the most important thing—and while that is still my …

Happiness

How religion can drive someone to slaughter his fellow citizens – and believe they deserve it

As the scale of the devastation wrought on Thursday night by a French-Tunisian who drove a lorry into crowds celebrating Bastille day in Nice becomes clearer, the reasons why this act was carried out remain as disputed as ever.<p>Many are also asking how, given France’s heightened state of security, …

Pakistan's Trans Community Receives Help From Unlikeliest of Allies

Life as a transgender person in Pakistan is difficult to say the least, but it may get a little easier with the help of a group of Islamic clerics.<p>Transgender persons in Pakistan have never enjoyed equal rights to other citizens in a society where discussion of gender or sexuality is taboo. They …

LGBTQI

Myanmar: armed mob torches mosque amid spike in religious tensions

An armed mob has razed a Muslim prayer hall in northern Myanmar, the second attack on a mosque in just over a week as anti-Muslim sentiment swells in the Buddhist majority nation.<p>Myanmar has struggled to contain bouts of deadly religious bloodshed in recent years, with bristling sectarian tensions …

Aung San Suu Kyi

The leaders of Christianity's 2 biggest churches will meet for the first time in 1,000 years

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis heads to Cuba on Friday looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration.<p>The Argentine pontiff is due to spend about two hours in private conversation …

“Why aren’t there miracles anymore?”: Kids around the world ask Pope Francis the tough questions

To reach the young and faithful, Pope Francis is not afraid to try new things. To guide young Catholics through Lent, which started Wednesday (Feb. 10), the popular 266th pope is on messaging apps; late last year he dropped a rock album.<p>Now he’s going even younger: On March 1, Pope Francis will …

Pope Francis

Georgia proposes 'blasphemy bill' to outlaw religious insults

Georgia is planning a “blasphemy bill” that will make religious irreverence punishable by law, prompting concerns about freedom of expression in the devoutly Orthodox Christian society.<p>Critics say the bill, which has been approved at committee stage and is headed for the parliamentary floor, could …

Religion

Wheaton professor denounces efforts to fire her

A tenured political science professor who Wheaton College seeks to fire said the private evangelical school has leveled a number of charges against her, including "her unqualified assertion of religious solidarity with Muslims and Jews."<p>"I'm flummoxed and flabbergasted," Larycia Hawkins said during …

What Is Islamophobia? The History And Definition Of Anti-Muslim Discrimination In The US

One consequence of Donald Trump’s fiery rhetoric against Muslims is that has renewed attention to the discrimination he espouses: Islamophobia. But …