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Microsoft combats hate speech based on gender, disability, religion, age, and more - BetaNews

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 22:55

BetaNews

Microsoft combats hate speech based on gender, disability, religion, age, and more
BetaNews
In a closed environment, religions so easily turn into cults, and cults to mass madness... In order for our world views to converge toward consensus reality, our religious beliefs need to be tested at every turn. We walk a very thin line between ...

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What is a Cult ? - Huffington Post

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 19:40

Huffington Post

What is a Cult ?
Huffington Post
The word 'cult' is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate a cult following for his eccentricity in artistry. Eccentricity in religion, if recent enough, is ...

'Burkini ban' would bar Catholic nuns from wearing habit on beach: Deputy Mayor of Nice - Lifesite (blog)

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 17:49

Lifesite (blog)

'Burkini ban' would bar Catholic nuns from wearing habit on beach: Deputy Mayor of Nice
Lifesite (blog)
August 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The insanity seen in Nice, France, the other day which witnessed armed police forcing a Muslim woman to strip off her clothing or leave the beach was over the top. It was yet another demonstration of the depths to which ...

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St. George News columnist releases second polygamy book - St George News

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:31

St George News

St. George News columnist releases second polygamy book
St George News
ST. GEORGE —The highly anticipated sequel to St. George News columnist Ed Kociela's first book on polygamy is now available through Amazon.com. Cover of "plygs2" by Ed Kociela | Photo courtesy of Ed Kociela, St Cover of “plygs2” by Ed Kociela | Photo ...

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NY / Region|Esther Jungreis, Known as 'the Jewish Billy Graham,' Dies at 80 - New York Times

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 00:07

NY / Region|Esther Jungreis, Known as 'the Jewish Billy Graham,' Dies at 80
New York Times
Alarmed at the threats to Judaism posed by assimilation, secularism and the rise of religious cults, Rebbetzin Jungreis held a rally attended by 10,000 people at the Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden in 1973 to inspire a Jewish awakening. She also ...

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This 2500-year-old stone just revealed the name of a powerful Etruscan goddess - ScienceAlert

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 22:43

This 2500-year-old stone just revealed the name of a powerful Etruscan goddess
ScienceAlert
Researchers have been translating an inscription on an ancient Etruscan stone slab, and have found mention of the powerful deity, Uni, which suggests the possible existence of an underground cult in the area dedicated to the goddess 2,500 years ago ...

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We're Home-Schoolers, And We're Normal-ish - Scary Mommy

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:08

Scary Mommy

We're Home-Schoolers, And We're Normal-ish
Scary Mommy
We're also not in a cult or part of some evangelical enclave. In fact, we're Catholic. That means we do learn about religion, but it's one that thinks the world is round and revolves around the sun, admits global warming is a problem, and pushes people ...

BURAK BEKDİL >'Stolen youth' is not only about Gülen or ISIL - Hurriyet Daily News

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 18:02

BURAK BEKDİL >'Stolen youth' is not only about Gülen or ISIL
Hurriyet Daily News
In his excellent piece on Aug. 12, “Stolen youth,” prominent Hürriyet columnist Taha Akyol wrote: “I am talking about those young people who are almost spellbound by certain cults, communities or organizations into becoming robots. In these incidents ...

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Of cultural, religious and lingual significance of heritage - The Hans India

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:12

The Hans India

Of cultural, religious and lingual significance of heritage
The Hans India
The Centre for Comparative Literature (CCL), School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad (UoH) hosted the national conference on “Epic in India: Exploring Variations, Transformations and Mutations”, which began on Wednesday. Upto 60 delegates from ...

Breitbart Is Wrong About Why Some Mormons Oppose Trump - The Federalist

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 08:05

The Federalist

Breitbart Is Wrong About Why Some Mormons Oppose Trump
The Federalist
Once you give the government power to treat people differently based on their religion, it's only a matter of time until that power is turned around and used on you. This is one of the many reasons Trump has had such difficulty attracting Mormon ...

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Baby Haters Use Global Warming To Justify Their Selfishness - The Federalist

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 08:05

The Federalist

Baby Haters Use Global Warming To Justify Their Selfishness
The Federalist
In many ways, doomsday environmentalism shares key features with more explicitly religious cult groups. The green cult has its own worship practices similar to those of other devotees, chief among them screaming that we'll all be underwater by tea time ...

Beyond Harappa: Pakistanis struggle with the paradox of their Indian heritage - Scroll.in

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 08:04

Scroll.in

Beyond Harappa: Pakistanis struggle with the paradox of their Indian heritage
Scroll.in
Religious parties such as Jamaat-i-Islami have in the past claimed that these archaeological sites have nothing to do with the Pakistani civilisation, terming them as belonging to the zamana-e-jahalliya, a time period before the advent of Islam when ...

“Assad or We Burn the Country”: Misreading Sectarianism and the Regime in Syria - War on the Rocks

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 07:03

War on the Rocks

“Assad or We Burn the Country”: Misreading Sectarianism and the Regime in Syria
War on the Rocks
ISIL and al-Nusra are genocidal cults, while Ahrar al-Sham and other groups in the Salafi universe would want to replicate the discriminatory system in place in Saudi Arabia (sadly, every country in the Middle East is fundamentally discriminatory ...

Oh, TV of Little Faith: Two Critics Find God on the Small Screen. Sometimes. - New York Times

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 05:00

Oh, TV of Little Faith: Two Critics Find God on the Small Screen. Sometimes.
New York Times
I'd also argue that “The Leftovers,” for all its attention to fictional cults, is about the importance of religion as we know it, and more specifically, what happens when faith is shaken. In its world, the underpinnings of every established religion ...

'Probe Obasanjo or forget anti-corruption war' - The Punch

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:44

The Punch

'Probe Obasanjo or forget anti-corruption war'
The Punch
The truth is, Nigeria is governed by two most dangerous cults in the country. The 0gb0ni and the Kaduna mafs. ... No nation can work with the cultural and religious oppression and divide we have in the land. Nigeria can never work for as long as the ...

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Religion in the Media: How has it Changed, Where is it Going, Why does it Matter? - ABC Technology and Games

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 21:52

ABC Technology and Games

Religion in the Media: How has it Changed, Where is it Going, Why does it Matter?
ABC Technology and Games
I've written on religion and politics and why the two are not mutually exclusive, the problem of suffering, who really runs Islam, the myth of religious violence, standing firm against cults, the persecuted church, the international interfaith ...

How Krishna was transformed from a tribal deity to a supreme god in the Puranic tradition - Scroll.in

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 21:11

Scroll.in

How Krishna was transformed from a tribal deity to a supreme god in the Puranic tradition
Scroll.in
Hence, as Suvira Jaiswal argues in her book The Origin and Development of the Vaisnavism, “Brahmins seized upon the devotional cult of Vasudeva-Krishna and recognised it as a form of Narayana-Vishnu to infuse Brahmanical social ethics into this popular ...

15 Horror Movie Heroines With Killer Style — PHOTOS - Bustle

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:12

Bustle

15 Horror Movie Heroines With Killer Style — PHOTOS
Bustle
But that doesn't mean there aren't horror movie heroines with amazing style. Regardless of being worlds populated with witchcraft, wolves, serial killers, and cults, there are plenty of subcultures and darker sections of society that are inspiring in ...

The Cult of Mithra: Sacred Temples, and Vedic Legends, and Ancient Armenian Understanding - Ancient Origins

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:22

The Cult of Mithra: Sacred Temples, and Vedic Legends, and Ancient Armenian Understanding
Ancient Origins
As a result of the religious revolution of Ardashir II, the Sassanid King of Persia in 395 AD, the cults of Mithra and Anahita, the Iranian goddess, were imported to Persia and combined with Zoroastrianism. In the first century BC the cult of Mithra ...

CAPTIVITY: Man chains 28 persons in his Lagos house - Vanguard

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 20:16

Vanguard

CAPTIVITY: Man chains 28 persons in his Lagos house
Vanguard
The 13 children and 15 adults were chained, was it the great chain of being which is a strict, religious hierarchical structure of all matter and life, believed to have been decreed. The chain starts from where then progresses downward to angels ...

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