(The Conversation) — In an increasingly pluralist, multicultural West, blasphemy laws find fresh purpose in policing intolerance between religious communities.
HELSINKI (AP) — A 28-year-old woman wearing a face veil has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law banning such garments in public places.
(RNS) — It's hard to think of a way to more quickly alienate new neighbors we want to fully buy in to our way of life than to mock and restrict their clothing, writes John G. Stackhouse Jr.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) The Jewish Agency said 12 Danish Jews migrated to Israel in 2014. In contrast, more than 7,000 French Jews made Aliyah, or emigrated to Israel.
PARIS (RNS) On Sunday, French Jews received a further shock, with the desecration of several hundred tombs at a Jewish cemetery in Alsace.
COPENHAGEN (RNS) "It feels surrealistic that this happened in Denmark, just around the corner from where I live," said Uffe Alici Pedersen of Copenhagen, who is Muslim.
COPENHAGEN Denmark (RNS) The Danish government approved a measure earlier this month forbidding poultry and livestock to be killed without being stunned first. But Jewish and Muslim customs require animals to be conscious when killed.