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Adventures in non-faith

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:02 PM

We are now witnessing Catholicism at its best Those from the faith would do well to reconnect with their faith today and join their Church as it tells those who suffer that they too may partake of the kingdom of God – distant but ever present

Religion and our state

Aug 04, 2017 - 7:42 PM

When secular state becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

Bangladesh bans TV station, tracks students after attacks

Jul 10, 2016 - 9:20 PM

As part of its fight against radicalization Bangladesh tells school authorities to provide info on students who go missing for 10 days or more

epa05412149 Security officials stand guard as Muslims offer prayers in the National Eid Prayer Ground at the High-Court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 07 July 2016. Millions of Muslims across the country celebrate Eid al-Fitr festival amid security after the the terrorist attack at a popular restaurant in Dhaka on 01 July left 20 hostages dead and several injured. EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

Hindu temple volunteer hacked to death in Bangladesh

Jul 01, 2016 - 12:15 PM

50 year old Shyamananda Das is the latest member of a religious minority to be killed

Teenage 'Islamist' killed in Bangladesh after Hindu attack

Jun 18, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Police says Golam Faizullah Fahim was a college student and was a member of banned Islamist group Hizb ut Tahrir

TEENAGE 'ISLAMIST'. A picture made available 16 June 2016 of a college student , who was only identified as Fahim, in police custody in Madaripur, Bangladesh, 15 June 2016, after he was caught by locals when he along with two other unidentified men tried to hack Ripon Chakrabarti, a 50 years old Hindu mathematics lecturer in his house. Photo by EPA

Bangladesh arrests Islamist militant over publisher attack

Jun 16, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Police say the arrest of 20 year old Suman Hossain Patowari alleged member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team ABT is an important breakthrough

Bangladesh police escort Islamist militant Suman Hossain Patowari (C), 20, after his arrest in connection with an attack on publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul in Dhaka on June 16, 2016.    An Islamist militant suspected of attacking a publisher last year has been arrested, Bangladesh police said June 16, in what they described as an important breakthrough in their investigations into a spate of horrific attacks. Suman Hossain Patowari, 20, was arrested in Dhaka late June 15 over a brutal attack that wounded publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and two others at his office in the capital in October.  / AFP PHOTO / STR

Bangladesh clerics issue fatwa on Islamist killings

Jun 14, 2016 - 5:45 PM

UPDATED The fatwa or religious edict says killings of non Muslims minorities and secular activists are forbidden in Islam

epa05007525 Cultural activists, writers and members of the Ganajagaran Mancha shout slogans as they attend a torch light procession protesting the killing and attacks on the publisher and bloggers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 02 November 2015. Ganajagaran Mancha has called for a half-day country-wide strike on 03 November demanding the arrest of the assailants of publishers. The publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan was stabbed to death in Dhaka on 31 October, hours after unidentified assailants knifed another publisher and two secular bloggers elsewhere in the city. Four secularist bloggers have been killed by suspected Islamist militants in Bangladesh this year. EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

Christian hacked to death in latest Bangladesh attack

Jun 05, 2016 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED The Islamic State claims responsibility for the murder of 65 year old Sunil Gomes

Taunting religion

May 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The sinfulness of priests and bishops is not in debate They are sinful We are And the Church has publicly acknowledged its sinfulness and the transgressions of its leaders

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

Turkey PM says draft constitution will guarantee secularism

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vows to ensure that the state is at an equal distance from all faith groups

Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during AK Party's provincial chairmen meeting in Ankara on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Secular activist murdered in Bangladesh

Apr 07, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Nazimuddin Samad a 26 year old atheist who had taken part in protests against Islamist leaders is attacked near his university in Dhaka by unknown assailants carrying machetes

Bangladesh court rejects scrapping Islam as state religion

Mar 28, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Jamaat e Islami party calls the decision a victory of 160 million people but secular activists say it is a sad day for minorities

Bangladeshi Islamist leaders flash victory signs after the Bangladesh High Court rejected a petition challenging Islam as thr state religion in Dhaka on March 28, 2016.  Bangladesh's high court on March 28 rejected a petition by secular activists to scrap Islam's status as the state religion in the wake of nationwide protests by hardline Islamist groups. / AFP / Munir UZ ZAMAN

2 sentenced to death for Bangladesh blogger murder

Dec 31, 2015 - 5:18 PM

Ahmed Rajib Haider 35 is hacked to death by machete wielding attackers in February 2013 the first in a string of brutal killings targeting secular writers

Bangladesh teachers, students rally against latest killing

Nov 01, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Teachers writers students and other protesters converge on Dhaka University one day after a gang of suspected Islamists armed with machetes and cleavers hacked to death a publisher of secular books

PROTEST. Teachers, writers, students and other protesters converged on Dhaka University, one day after a gang of suspected Islamists armed with machetes and cleavers hacked to death a publisher of secular books. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

On being godless and good: Irreligious Pinoys speak out

Jun 04, 2015 - 12:56 PM

God is not necessary to be a good human says the Philippine Atheists and Agnostic Society

PATASCON2015: Breaking through with reason and humanism

Apr 24, 2015 - 11:54 AM

Are you irreligious? Check out this convention for Filipino atheists agnostics and irreligious individuals

On Typhoon Chedeng and a 'miracle'

Apr 07, 2015 - 12:55 PM

Talk of miracles has no place in statements from the government

Why we need secular journalism

Mar 04, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Secularist journalists are not in the business of defending one religion over another but of reporting facts Is the Philippine media secular?

Pope Francis: What’s the big deal?

Jan 21, 2015 - 10:28 AM

If your faith could so easily be shaken then perhaps you didn’t have enough of it in the first place

Pope Francis: A symbol of hope and contradiction

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Pope Francis represents the best and the worst of Catholic faithful He is after all every Catholic combined

PH education: Allergic to religion?

Jan 13, 2015 - 12:36 PM

In a predominantly Catholic Philippines how do young Filipinos develop an understanding of religion?

A Filipino atheist's letter to Pope Francis

Jan 06, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Should Pope Francis s visit affect a non believer? One writer thinks it definitely should

Huge Catholic event in UST during Pope's Philippine trip

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:23 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle sets a conference on faith from January 15 to 17 2015 covering the days when Pope Francis visits the Philippines

FOR FILIPINOS. Pope Francis addresses Filipinos for the first time during the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in October 2013. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

IMF/World Bank: build infrastructure to fight malaise

Oct 12, 2014 - 12:27 PM

Eurozone s backsliding Japan s unrewarded stimulus efforts China s slowdown and the US s inability to accelerate into a higher gear of growth erode economists optimism that the world would avert another recession

A file photo dated 18 May 2011 showing the sign of the International Monetary Fund at the entrance of the Headquarters of the IMF, also known as building HQ2, in Washington, DC, USA. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Holy Week hostage

Apr 16, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Holy Week taught the author a lesson in secularism and religious freedom

Pope's 1st encyclical: Faith isn't old-fashioned

Jul 06, 2013 - 12:13 AM

In his first papal letter Pope Francis says faith isn t an illusion in the modern world but a light for humanity s future

Thousands defy Turkey PM with fresh protests

Jun 09, 2013 - 8:20 AM

UPDATE The government said the protests were under control even as the largest crowds yet packed every inch of Istanbul s Taksim Square

DEFIANCE. Anti-government protesters attend a demonstration in central Ankara, Turkey, June 8, 2013. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Are we truly a secular society?

May 03, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The Constitution says we are But in practice we are not

The Catholic Church: Going out with a bang?

Feb 04, 2013 - 5:56 PM

The entrenched interests of the Catholic Church in the Philippines or in countries that have a strong Catholic presence is slowly being exposed and questioned

Lessons from the RH bill debate

Dec 26, 2012 - 3:15 PM

Hopefully in the next policy debates that our nation will face we will do away with the non issues as well as name calling

Explaining secular democracy to Tito

Sep 08, 2012 - 1:32 PM

Religious leaders one religion in particular should stay out of formulating secular laws