The better the world gets, the less it needs religion—and in the Western world, at least, religion is going out with a whimper, not a bang.
The girls lived out a teenaged fantasy onstage, but now the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department wants them to turn themselves in for an "indecent act."
The assault on French cartoonists gave Republicans an opening to once again cast the war on terror as an imminent, existential, and even religious battle for American freedoms.
A former Onion editor on why it's vitally important to defend satire, even when we don't like it.
Terrorism is perpetrated against Muslims around the world, but Muslims overwhelmingly respond to the violence, harassment, and calls for their mass annihilation by explaining over and over again that they are peaceful and rational people.
Ridhwana B., the doll's creator, designed it to comply with what some interpret as Islamic religious law's prohibition on the depiction of distinct features on any children's toy.
The notoriously secretive department might get a badly-needed dose of transparency when it comes to its counterterrorism operations.
Ashin Gambira led the 2007 Saffron Revolution, earning him several years of imprisonment, severe torture, and health deterioration. I spoke to him about being physically and mentally abused by the government, living in exile, and how ethnic violence serve…
Dropping by Bankstown for Australia's inaugural International Quranic Competition
We went to the anti-mosque protest in Maroochydore.
Moral outrage might be what Abbott feels, but it's a difficult justification in a world where so many moral outrages are allowed to continue without our intervention.
After the disaster that was post-invasion Iraq, should America really be trying to solve this (scary) quagmire again?
"I remember a guy who said, 'My brother works in the Iranian embassy in London. Before I loved him as my brother, now I hate him as my enemy. I am ready to kill him tomorrow, if necessary.' And everyone applauded."
Anand Gopal talked to us about the beheading of journalists and why the US needs to stay the hell out of Iraq.
It's a blow to free speech, in the same way not being able to shout "fire" in a crowded theatre also impinges on our ability to say whatever we want.
Citizens of Detroit have been seeing their access to fresh water cut off, and now their Arab-American neighbors are being intimidated to stay away from the polls. What's going on in Michigan?
The Times of Israel newspaper published and then removed an op-ed written by Yochanan Gordon with the stunning headline "When Genocide Is Permissible." Yikes.
VICE News spent a few days in Gaza City surveying the damage and seeing how local residents were coping.
For years, Vicar Andrew White has been risking his life to preach for peace on the streets of Baghdad, driving through dangerous and bombed-out war zones to spread his message.
I talked to Hiba Krisht about the 15 years she spent wearing the Muslim head covering against her will, how Islam can hypersexualize women, and whether she's worried that her website is going to get co-opted by right-wing bigots.
The Islamic world has (contrary to some silly assumptions) known many influential female social and political leaders, as far back as the time of the prophet Muhammad—and his quite intimidating wives Aisha and Khadija. Today one of them oversees a thrivin…
Last year, the Reykjavík City Council granted a plot for Iceland's first mosque, and the Muslim Association of Iceland said they're about to break ground next week. As you'd expect, everyone is pissed.
Narendra Modi may be the first world leader to record a welcome message for an American political action committee.
As Peshawar has come under increasing sway of an extremist view of Islam, its community of transgender hijras has been increasingly marginalized.