The 8 worst places in the world to be religious: Top 5 news stories

The 8 worst places in the world to be religious26% of World’s Adults Are Anti-Semitic, Survey Finds•‘Black Mass’ at Harvard: Not a black and white issue•Anti-gay group Business ‘trample’ the freedom of Christians by serving LGBT people•Pope Francis will take rabbi and Muslim leader with him to Holy Land

The 8 worst places in the world to be religious

Since 1999, the U.S. State Department has tracked the world’s worst abusers of religious rights. Among the most worrying trends, according to the State Department, are “authoritarian governments that restrict their citizens’ ability to practice their religion.” 

26% of World’s Adults Are Anti-Semitic, Survey Finds

Twenty-six percent of all adults worldwide harbor anti-Semitic attitudes and nearly half have never heard of the Holocaust, the Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday in what it described as an unprecedented and sobering global survey that assessed the level and intensity of hostility toward Jews.

‘Black Mass’ at Harvard: Not a black and white issue

The Cultural Studies Club at Harvard Extension School has argued that the reenactment, led by the New York-based Satanic Temple, is intended to be educational: “Our purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith, which would be repugnant to our educational purposes, but instead to learn and experience the history of different cultural practices.” This event, however, is not merely a “different cultural practice.” It is designed to specifically parody and mock a sacred Catholic ritual.

Anti-gay group Business ‘trample’ the freedom of Christians by serving LGBT people

Buddy Smith, the leader of a group that opposes equal rights for LGBT people, argued this week that businesses in Mississippi were “bullying” Christians by advertising non-discrimination policies.

Pope Francis will take rabbi and Muslim leader with him to Holy Land

Pope Francis will be accompanied on his first visit to the Middle East by Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Muslim leader Omar Abboud — two friends from Buenos Aires. It is the first time a pope has made an official visit accompanied by members of other faiths, and it underscores the interfaith focus of Francis’ trip to the Holy Land, the Vatican said Thursday (May 15).