The extremist Buddhist movement — referred to by The Straits Times (Singapore) as a “neo-Nazi group” — is known as 969. The three digits are said to symbolize the virtues of the Buddha, Buddhist practices and the Buddhist community.
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One year ago Monday, Wade Michael Page, a White Supremacist gunman with links to neo-Nazi groups, went to a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and killed six worshippers. Family members, law enforcement and the larger community marked the anniversary over the weekend.
Among many stories, the one about the friendship between a former skinhead and the son of one of the shooting victims stands out.
White Supremacists may indeed by white, but their words and actions tend to show that they are far from supreme.
Speaking of which, there are reports that Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to white supremacy literature and government conspiracy theories.
Chinese house church leader Samuel Lamb died Saturday at the age of 88. Lamb, who is known for saying “more persecution, more growth,” spent more than 20 years in prison for his faith and led an unregistered house church of 4,000 people in Guangzhou.
Genuine religious freedom does not exist in China.
In Australia, self-styled Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis, also known as Sheikh Haron, has pleaded guilty to on 12 counts of using a postal service in a menacing, harassing or offensive way — a federal crime. He sent a series of offensive letters to the families of eight fallen soldiers.
The “secret archives” of the Catholic Church in Scotland could contain allegations of sexual abuse by as many as 100 priests and other staff in cases stretching back 50 years, according to the former head of the Church’s working party on child protection.