More embarrassingly for the BJP, which has always sought to champion the cause of victims of the 1984 riots, Phoolka told Firstpost that it was BJP’s decision to project Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate that cost BJP the vote of the Sikh community in Delhi.
— First Post
Religion forms buffer against work stress
Dr Roxane Gervais, a senior psychologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Stockport, surveyed employees to find out how content they were with their working lives. The study concluded that employees who are more actively religious are more likely to report low levels of anxiety, depression and fatigue and also higher presence of meaning in life, that is feeling that their lives have meaning.
— The Telegraph
Russia is losing against radical Islam
Unfortunately, the aftermath of Volgograd suggests that the future will hold more of the same. Already, Mr. Putin has promised a wide-ranging security clampdown in response to the Volgograd attacks, pledging that his government “will forcefully and strenuously continue the fight against terrorists until they are completely annihilated.” If history is any indication, this effort is sure to be accompanied by the types of heavy-handed measures that have become the mainstay of the Kremlin’s counterterrorism policy. Indeed, in the wake of the bombings, police in Volgograd have reportedly detained more than 700 in a massive anti-terror sweep, and imposed “total inspections” on all vehicles and trains in the region.
— USA Today
In Egypt, controlling religion is the government’s insurance policy
The minister also revoked the licenses of tens of thousands of imams preaching at some zawyas, claiming they were promoting terrorism. The government pays the salaries of most of the country’s Imams. Now it is trying to control the messages coming from the mosques by requiring that all imams are graduates of Al-Azhar University.
Religion and culture continue to merge in popular media
Fox News’ “The Five” caught up with the centuries-old trend recently. Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle cited the popularity of the History Channel mini-series “The Bible,” Pope Francis as Time magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year, the best-selling book “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and the popularity of A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty,” featuring the faith of its Robertson family, as proof that “people are hungry for something beyond the materialistic, sexually charged culture that seems to dominate our lives.”
— Deseret News
Pastor denounces God for one year, tries atheism
In less than a week, he lost two jobs teaching at Christian schools near his home in Los Angeles. He’s 42 and has been a pastor or in seminary for most of his adult life. Now he faces the prospect of poverty and taking odd jobs to feed his two daughters, 10 and 13. “There have been times, usually late at night and early in the morning, when I think: What have I done? It really undermines the whole structure of your life, your career, your family,” Bell said. But just as the man of God began to despair, he found help from an unlikely source: atheists.
Islam is mathematics and love in South Africa
My journey with these youth has reminded me of the fact that children need the knowledge of self and a love for life before I teach them any other topic. As a result, I mention the legacy of apartheid, the power they possess innately, and the ancient history of Black people on the planet Earth. Moreover, we open and close our classes in prayer. Inviting Allah to class limits discipline problems.
— The Final Call
Religious people ‘take fewer sick days and are less anxious’
A psychologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Stockport found that the more religious a person is, the less likely they are to suffer from anxiety, depression or exhaustion.
— Mail Online