‘Such racist treatment for his religious beliefs is unacceptable’ – Erdogan wades in on Ozil affair

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit out at the “unacceptable treatment” of Mesut Ozil, which he believes stems from prejudice towards the former Germany midfielder’s religious beliefs. Read more Ozil walked out on his international career after what he saw as “racism and disrespect” for his Turkish roots and claiming he had been made […]

Mass ‘religious’ suicide? 11 bodies found in India’s capital, most blindfolded & hanged (GRAPHIC)

An Indian family of 11 has been found dead in New Delhi, with 10 members blindfolded and hanging from a ceiling. Initial reports indicate a twisted spiritual mass suicide attempt, but police aren’t discounting other possibilities. The bodies of seven women and four men were discovered in the Burari suburb of the Indian capital on […]

Chinese authorities demolish Christian mega-church sparking fears of religious persecution

The Guardian via YouTube Chinese authorities demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, highlighting tensions between a growing Christian population and the atheist Communist Party. The church had been built with nearly $ 3 million in contribution from China’s poorest regions. Christians are regularly persecuted in China, and the church had been smashed up by police and […]

Muslims projected to bypass Jews as second-largest US religious denomination by 2040

Published time: 10 Jan, 2018 15:53 There were some 3.45 million Muslims living in the United States in 2017, according to research by Pew Research Center. That number is expected to jump significantly over the next couple of decades. Using a variety of different measures, including its own survey and demographic research, Pew determined there […]

Court upholds sacking of Paris doctor over ‘religious’ beard

A French court has upheld a decision by a Parisian hospital to sack an intern over his refusal to trim his beard, ruling that facial hair in a secular environment might be interpreted by staff and patients as a religious symbol. The case dates back to 2013-14, when Mohamed A, a medical student at the […]

REVEALED: The least religious countries in the world – with the UK making the list

The countries where citizens see themselves as not religious has been revealed. A survey by Gallup International polls reveals that a number of countries feel that they are no longer very religious. Many of them are considered to be some of the happiest places or progressive countries in terms of politics and healthcare. Even the […]

Indonesian bakery refuses to make ‘Merry Christmas’ cake on religious grounds

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 17:53 A pastry shop in Indonesia has refused to write a Christmas greeting on a cake as it goes against their “religious principles.” The owners later apologized for the incident, allowing customers to make their own inscriptions. Chocolicous Indonesia, from the city of Makassar, declined the request of a customer […]

Religious code of conduct adopted at German university after complaints about Muslim students

The University of Hamburg has imposed a new religious code of conduct for its students. It reportedly comes after numerous complaints about Muslim students praying loudly in the library and crowding the bathrooms to wash their feet. The new code was drawn up by a philosopher and a group of religious scholars at the university, according […]