Author Archives: Jillian O'Connor

Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions

  Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They’re issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves. Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their … Continue reading

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Religion and Democracy at Odds for Some Afghan Youth

by Katherine Davis In what was widely lauded as a sign of increasing stability in Afghanistan, 7 million Afghan voters headed to the polls this week. The Taliban had pressured Afghans not to take part in the vote. They even … Continue reading

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“Religion, Democracy and the Arab Awakening” April 25, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

“Religion Democracy and the Arab Awakening,” sponsored by the USC Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice, the USC Knight Program in Media and Religion and Global Post, is a one-day conference aimed at advancing knowledge and strengthening coverage of … Continue reading

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Hindu nationalism takes driver’s seat in Indian election

  MUMBAI — His face is everywhere in this coastal city of more than 12 million, India’s commercial capital and the home of Bollywood. His chosen hue is saffron, Hinduism’s most sacred color which is splashed on the glitzy billboards … Continue reading

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The Roots of Nigeria’s Religious and Ethnic Conflict

Modern Nigeria emerged through the merging of two British colonial territories in 1914. The amalgamation was an act of colonial convenience. It occurred mainly because British colonizers desired a contiguous colonial territory stretching from the arid Sahel to the Atlantic Coast, and because Northern … Continue reading

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Secularism on the decline in France

  PARIS — When 34 percent of surveyed voters admit they agree with the ideas of a political movement that is protectionist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-Euro, France has a problem. France’s far-right political party, Front National, has surged in popularity … Continue reading

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Covering the Long History of Ethnic, Religious Violence in Crimea

by Heather McIlvaine Last week, armed men wearing military uniforms displaying no markings of nationality – but widely assumed to be Russian – seized control of Simferopol International Airport and a military airfield in Crimea, an autonomous peninsula in southern … Continue reading

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Anne Frank and Antisemitism in Japan

by Grace Lim Japanese authorities revealed on Friday that almost 300 copies of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl had been mutilated in public libraries in Tokyo and other nearby cities. The landmark book portrays the experience of a … Continue reading

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Marianne Williamson and Me

Marianne Williamson had me at hello. That jumble of first impressions—her reined-in frustration (I’d forgotten to tell her where my classroom was) fading into an I-found-you relief followed by resolute eye contact, a strong handshake and a flash of acceptance—yes, … Continue reading

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Who’s He Wooing? Salman Khan’s Trickiest Dance Number

By Matt Hamilton Last month, Bollywood star Salman Khan inflamed religious divisions when he appeared in public with prime minister candidate Narendra Modi. Modi, from the center-right Bharatiya Janata Party, has been dogged by accusations that as governor of Gujarat, … Continue reading

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