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Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia ...
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish ...
Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more than 70 countries and links all women who see ...

News Releases

Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
2010-03-30
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
IFJ Backs Indian Calls for "Peace and Tolerance" in Media Reports of Religious Dispute
2010-09-30
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for journalists to play their part in keeping the peace in India where there are fears of community violence in a long-running religious ...
Making blasphemy an offence takes Europe back several centuries
2010-01-04
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns #with the utmost firmness# a new defamation law in Ireland that establishes blasphemy as an offence punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros. The law took effect o...
More than 100 rights organisations urge UN to oppose defamation of religions
2011-03-11
IFEX - International Freedom of Expression Exchange
More than 100 rights organisations worldwide have banded together to urge member states at the United Nations Human Rights Council session this month to renegotiate defamation of religions resolutions...
Religious leaders urged to sign Declaration on Freedom of Expression
2015-02-05
Reporters without Borders
As part a campaign called "Freedom of expression has no religion," Reporters Without Borders is calling on leaders of all religions in France to sign its Declaration on Freedom of Expression.
Secularist Center for Inquiry Delivers Statement to UN Opposing "Defamation of Religions" Resolution
2009-11-04
Center for Inquiry
The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a secularist think tank and NGO has delivered a statement strongly opposing the proposed "Combating the Defamation of Religions" resolution backed by the Organization o...
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
2009-10-22
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
A year after Charlie, RSF warns against "religious correctness"
2016-01-11
Reporters Without Borders
On the eve of the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris and amid controversy about the satirical weekly's latest cover, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) cautions against the insidious...

Sources Select Resources

Bussy-Saint-Georges, the town with built-in religious harmony
Le Bars, Stephanie
Article
2012
The Guardian
Planners hope construction of a multi-faith district will bring together the citizens of a new town near Paris.
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
Connexions Library: Religion Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on religion.
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
Swatos Jr., William H.
Book
1998
AltaMira Press
The sacred and profane continue to interface, conflict, and intermingle in novel ways. The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society provides a guide map for these developments. From succinct, brief notes ...
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society (online version)
Swatos, William H.
Website
Hartford Institute for Religion Research
Free speech for me - you shut up
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
Ulli Diemer
The right to express offensive views is at the very heart of the principle of free speech.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sources
Article
Sources
SOURCES is a media service that connects journalists, editors, authors and researchers with the sources they need for their work. SOURCES spotlights organizations, institutions, government agencies, c...
Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
IFJ Backs Indian Calls for "Peace and Tolerance" in Media Reports of Religious Dispute
Sources News Release
Article
2010
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for journalists to play their part in keeping the peace in India where there are fears of community violence in a long-running religious ...
Making blasphemy an offence takes Europe back several centuries
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns #with the utmost firmness# a new defamation law in Ireland that establishes blasphemy as an offence punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros. The law took effect o...
A Marxist History of the World part 37: The Counter-Reformation
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
Neil Faulkner looks at how the Reformation was followed by a counter-revolutionary response which involved a dogmatic reassertion of Catholic orthodoxy: the Counter-Reformation.
A Marxist History of the World part 39: The Thirty Years War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
Between 1618 and 1648 Germany was wrecked by insecurity, depopulation, disruption to trade, the destruction of property, and military plundering. Neil Faulkner looks at The Thirty Years War.
Murfreesboro vs. Islamophobia
Short, Jase; Woloszyn, Andy
Article
2011
Against the Current
When the Muslim community in Murfreesboro, Tennessee sought a permit to build an expanded Islamic Center, local bigots saw an opportunity to exploit the same "moral panic," invented by the Tea Party, ...
On the Second Coming of Religion
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
Wordpress
The question we should ask is not just: ‘What is it about religion that makes people believe or behave in certain ways?’ It is also: ‘What is it about contemporary societies that draws many people, bo...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices features a wide range of issues. The topic of the week is homophobia, the hate that led to 49 deaths in Orlando last week, but which is present in greater or lesser form in ...
The Perils of Faith-Based Multiculturalism
The Case of Shari'a in Canada
Rahnema, Saeed
Article
2006
Canadian Dimension
Conservative religious leaders have become more vocal and demanding, and governments are giving in to their demands without much regard for the serious consequences for democracy and citizens’ rights.
Religous Freedom and Authoritarian Atheists
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
Many contemporary atheists adopt an unpleasantly authoritarian stance. Many now demand, in the name of ‘reason’ or ‘science’, state restrictions or bans on views that might cause ‘harm’. It is a stran...
The return of religion - and other myths
Talk at a conference on 'Post-secularism', Utrecht, Netherlands, 11 January 2009
Malik, Kenan
Article
2009
Politics has became less about competing visions of the kinds of society people than a debate about how best to manage the existing political system. As the meaning of politics has become squeezed, so...
The St. Petersburg Declaration
Article
2007
We are secular Muslims, and secular persons of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free...
Shadow Boxing
Article
2009
New Humanist
Multiculturalists and clash of civilization warriors both start with the question: "Can Europe be the same with different people in it?." They give different answers. But the question itself is the pr...
Sources gives you powerful tools to help you stand out from the crowd
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23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
Ukip: the battle for Britain
Harris, John
Article
2013
Guardian
A exposé on Ukip, which wonders: is it a lunatic fringe or a sign of things to come?
Why is Religion Natural?
Boyer, Pascal
Article
2003
Skeptical Inquirer
Is religious belief a mere leap into irrationality as many skeptics assume? Psychology suggests that there may be more to belief than the suspension of reason.
A year after Charlie, RSF warns against "religious correctness"
Sources News Release
Article
2016
Reporters Without Borders
On the eve of the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris and amid controversy about the satirical weekly's latest cover, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) cautions against the insidious...

Sources Bookshelf

Easily Led
A History of Propaganda
Thomson, Oliver
Book
1999
From Ancient Sumer to modern Poland, Thomson traces the use of propaganda and its influence on human events.
The Empire God Built
Inside Pat Robertson's media machine
Foege, Alec
Book
1996
A profile of the demagogue who become one of the most successful media moguls in the world.
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
Swatos Jr., William H.
Book
1998
The sacred and profane continue to interface, conflict, and intermingle in novel ways. The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society provides a guide map for these developments. From succinct, brief notes ...
A Paradise Built in Hell
The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Solnit, Rebecca
Book
2010
The most startling thing about disasters, according to Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearni...

Media

Canadian Journal of History
All fields of history except the history of Canada. Each issue features articles and reviews by leading scholars about themes and controversies in historical writing.


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