Category Archives: Global
Robert Zaretsky at the NY Times: Tocqueville and Gay Marriage
But why does Catholicism wield such influence in a country where scarcely 5 percent of the population attends church? In their new book, “Le Mystère français,” Emmanuel Todd and Hervé Le Bras map out the persistence of a Catholic mentality in large parts of France despite the withering of religious practice. This “zombie Catholicism,” they observe, reveals itself in professional and domestic differences between husbands and wives, community and family activities, and the vitality of “free schools” (Catholic private schools).
- Posted: 05/01/2013
- Category: Global: Marriage and Family
- Source: www.nytimes.com
- Tags: Country: France, Global: Marriage and Family, State: Texas, Topic: Culture, Topic: Marriage
Forum 18: Within 48 hours of a claim by Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev that “religious freedom is fully secured”, seven members of a small Pentecostal Church – four of them in their sixties – were given heavy fines for meeting for Easter Sunday worship. The leader, Aleksandr Balaev, was fined the equivalent of six months of his pension, he told Forum 18 News Service. Galina Gileva, who is 73, complained that during the raid police “brought me to such a position of stress that I suffered a heart attack”. The raid on the Church in Zhaskent was one of four recent raids on religious worship. Lt-Colonel Nikolai Narkhov, head of Karabalyk Police in Kostanai Region, refused absolutely to answer Forum 18′s questions as to why about 15 police officers and officials raided a Jehovah’s Witness meeting, seizing religious literature.
- Posted: 04/26/2013
- Category: Global: Religious Liberty
- Source: www.forum18.org
- Tags: Category: Global, Category: Religious Liberty, Country: Kazakhstan, Topic: Islam
Tech Crunch: Governments, even democracies, are not always fans of transparency. According to Google’s brand new transparency report, “government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown”, doubling since the second half of 2012 (1,054 requests vs. 2,285). Brazil took the gold medal of the censorship olympics, with 697 requests, while the United States took 2nd place, with 321 requests.
- Posted: 04/25/2013
- Category: Global: Miscellaneous
- Source: techcrunch.com
- Tags: Country: Brazil, Country: Russia, Global: Miscellaneous, Topic: Internet