EUROPE (from Criticaldragon1177)
A survey in several Western European countries found that 65% of Muslims believe that religious rules are more important than the laws of the country in which they live. More surprisingly, these views are as widespread among younger Muslims as among older generations.
Skepchick reader Lewis has a blog with tons of information about the current hearings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Pekka Elo, long time President of the Finnish Humanist Union and editor of the Finnish Humanist Journal passed away on 14 December 2013. He worked for rationalism, humanism and philosophy in Finland since 1970’s.
A fatwa was issued in the Aceh province banning both Christmas and New Year’s greetings and celebrations for Muslim. They also called for the government to shut down public New Year’s parties, including those held in cafes, hotels and entertainment venues.
Some Pentecostal pastors are convincing people infected with HIV to participate in healing ceremonies, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare the person cured.
Featured image: woman celebrating the Muslim New Year