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Indonesian Muslims hold candles during a memorial service on the first anniversary of suicide bombing attacks at Santa Maria Catholic Church in Surabaya, East Java. Fully Handoko/EPA

Understanding intolerance with a better research method

It is important to understand the issues of intolerance through statistics. But it is crucial to dig deeper to understand why a person becomes intolerant.
The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, one of the landmarks in Brunei. Brunei recently announced punishing gay sex by stoning offenders to death. AP Photo/Vincent Thian

Harsh punishments under Sharia are modern interpretations of an ancient tradition

Some Islamic nations, including Brunei, have harsh punishments under Sharia. In pre-modern times, Sharia was rarely used as criminal law, and standard of proof for any prosecution was very high.
Graffiti probably Banksy, denouncing the conditions in which prisoners have been detained in Guantanamo. Photo Eadmundo

The lesson of ‘The White Ribbon’ for today: How tolerant societies can drift into hatred

Michael Haneke's allegorical 2009 film showed how a peaceful society can be shattered within a single generation. It's a lesson for us now in a world drifting toward populism and violence.
Opposing demonstrators at a marriage-equality rally in front of the US Supreme Court in April 2015. Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Diversity predicaments on the campus: moral tribalism, free speech, and productive discomfort in a polarised world

Educators must work to ensure inclusion with diverse student bodies, yet it seems inevitable that in today's world, talking about identity issues can be risky and emotional. So how to move forward?
In 2016, Norwich City Football Club was one of dozens of English football teams that took part in the Stonewall Charity’s “Rainbow Laces” campaign to combat discrimination against LGBT fans and players. Canaries.co.uk

Everyday homophobia and imposed heterosexuality in football

Football presents itself as a neutral, universal and, in a way, desexualised sport. Yet despite widespread campaigns against homophobia, deeply negative attitudes about gay players persist.
Pro-tolerance march in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015. Phil Roeder/Flickr

The predicament of diversity: re-boot for diversity 3.0

Diversity is an enormously appealing and powerful concept, yet it can also distract us from the focus we need to face today’s pressing social issues. So what’s the way forward?
Several thousand people gather at a rally in Washington in 1952 to hear Evangelist Billy Graham preach. AP Photo

Could there be another Billy Graham?

Current trends suggest that evangelicalism is out of step with younger Americans. But, a scholar says, evangelicalism has been here before.
‘Damenkneipe,’ or ‘Ladies’ Saloon,’ painted by Rudolf Schlichter in 1923. In 1937, many of his paintings were destroyed by the Nazis as ‘degenerate art.’

How the Nazis destroyed the first gay rights movement

The 1920s and early ‘30's looked like the beginning of the end for centuries of gay intolerance. Then came fascism and the Nazis.

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