Women in the Muslim world have been resisting extremism on the ground for decades - as community members, as family members, as professionals and as activists (which they often do so at grave personal risk) - and as those with the most to lose from the rise of extremist religion. Often, the first we hear about such brave women is when they are assassinated, and it is too late to support them.
The beginning of a new university year has dawned upon us. Many of us will be looking to try out new clubs and societies this year, perhaps to learn a new skill, find a new way to relax or even broaden our social circle. Freshers will have been inundated with leaflets, sign up forms and free goodies from a wide array of societies on campus who are desperate for new members.
I see how amazing and rewarding life can be, and although I have grown as a person from my experiences, I am upset at the amount of time my illness has made me waste. During these months of the year, when there are festivals after festival, surrounded by many a mealtime, I am trying my best to enjoy and acknowledge the beauty and root of these joyous times.
I hope that one day I will find a church that will celebrate my future relationship with another man. One that will celebrate my future marriage (and here's hoping it happens) to a man. Until then what I will do is take away the lessons that I have learnt and continue to apply them to my everyday life. Knowing that God loves me for who I am, regardless of who I fall in love with.
Muslims and Jews can only overcome challenges through solidarity and mutual cooperation to prevail over shared hatred, education, not legislation is needed. On both sides, the urge to live and let live peacefully must prevail over any other sentiments.
Hajj is a religious pilgrimage during which Muslims from every corner of the globe travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the world's largest gathering of people, with close to 3 million people attending each year.
As we celebrate the United Nations Day of Peace we see that despite the progress made since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights there is so much more which needs to be done if we are to establish peace in the world.
For all observing this Sunday night, here's wishing you a 'Shana Tova' - A happy, healthy new year. For everyone else, may the dawning of a new season bring you peace and joy.
The Assisted Dying Bill would put in place a framework that would not be progressive for those most in need of care and protection. Pitched as offering empowerment for the many, instead it risks the creation of a more hostile environment for the most vulnerable as the price of comfort for the few.
I suppose it comes down to this - I don't believe in any god or an afterlife and so I don't want to be deprived of an opportunity to avoid unnecessary suffering at the end of my life because someone else might think my suffering would be good thing.
When I speak to people about religion and sexuality, the most common response is "its okay, I have no problem. People can be who they want to be". Bearing this phrase in mind, it got me wondering why religion can't become a passionate part of Pride.
It'll be because I swim in metro-liberal waters that I am perpetually surprised by the breadth and the depth of the British public's support for the monarchy.
This isn't about making foreign policy more 'religious.' The report cautions, "Religious engagement is not the preserve of officials who are personally religious, nor does it entail the undue privileging of religious factors in analysis."
In forgiving women for having abortions, the Pope is also distancing himself from the worst kind of abortion protesters: the ones that shout at women from across the street that they will go to hell, that they will be dammed forever.
Despite narratives of the slow but inevitable 'death of religion' -- and indeed the strident 'death to religion' of new atheists, such as Richard Dawkins -- there have been plenty of students and policy makers wanting to crack the nut of dealing with (and trying to understand) religion.
The decision by the NYT to postpone the play has unleashed a firestorm of debate within the artistic community about censorship. But this is about more than the arts - it's about the kind of Britain that we want to be.