Neighbors say the noisy atmosphere detracts from the festivals’ religious origins — and the country’s quiet Buddhist getaway image.
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About Brian Pellot
Brian Pellot is director of global strategy at Religion News Service. Before joining RNS, Brian was digital policy advisor at Index on Censorship in London and online editor at Free Speech Debate in Oxford, U.K. He speaks regularly about religious freedom, freedom of expression and internet rights. Brian is currently based in London.
Step inside Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Theravada Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with stunning views overlooking the city.
(RNS) Clifford Brandon says God led him to an abandoned cave eight years ago. In that time he’s transformed Kaaiman’s Grotto into a shelter for homeless Christians and a makeshift museum of trinkets.
CAPE TOWN (RNS) Vishavjit Singh is one of many cartoonists using art to fight religious intolerance, hatred, stereotypes and censorship attempts online.
YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) Remaining silent on one of today’s gravest humanitarian crises risks fully compromising Aung San Suu Kyi’s credibility and status as an internationally respected stateswoman.
(RNS) The U.K.’s All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group has more than 100 members. The number of openly atheist members of U.S. Congress stands at zero. In the land of church-state separation, what’s keeping vocal nonbelievers out of office?
LONDON (RNS) Britain’s leading religious freedom advocate stepped down as Foreign Office minister Tuesday in protest over her government’s “morally indefensible” policy on the Gaza crisis.
(RNS) The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted “disappointing omissions” in the State Department’s new international religious freedom report, including the absence of Pakistan on its list of worst offenders.
(RNS) Millions of religious and non-religious people were displaced last year according to the State Department’s latest religious freedom report, which for the first time cites Turkmenistan for escalating religious freedom violations.