November 4, 2009

green_earthBritish Judge Rules Climate Change Views Are Entitled to the Same Legal Protection as Religious Beliefs
The decision regards Tim Nicholson, former head of sustainability at property firm Grainger plc, who claims he was made redundant in July 2008 due to his “philosophical belief about climate change and the environment.” In March, employment judge David Heath gave Nicholson permission to take the firm to tribunal over his treatment. But Grainger challenged the ruling on the grounds that green views were political and based on science, as opposed to religious or philosophical in nature. (Stephen Adams and Louise Gray, Telegraph)

Religion’s Role in Environmentalism
A remarkable conclave of leading figures from nine of the world’s major religions is under way at Windsor Castle in Britain, under the auspices of Prince Philip and the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. Called “Many Heavens, One Earth,” the meeting is intended to generate commitments for actions by religious organizations, congregants, and countries that could reduce emissions of greenhouse gases or otherwise limit the human impact on the environment. (Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth, The New York Times)

How Can We Have a Real Interfaith Dialogue?
In a world filled with too much religious tension, we often hear calls for more interfaith dialogue. Unfortunately, such discussions can lead to people suggesting that all religions are the same, which they are not. Or they can lead to one group shouting down the other. Neither is satisfactory nor gets us very far. (William McKenzie, Religion Blog, The Dallas Morning News)

Muhammad Biopic in the Works
An epic film about Islam’s prophet Muhammad backed by the producer of The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix is being planned with the aim of “bridging cultures.” (Tamara Walid, Reuters)

OBIT
Claude Lévi-Strauss

Claude Lévi-Strauss, 100, was often paired with writers Jean-Paul Sartre and André Malraux as the towering French intellectuals of the past century. He said his life’s work was “an attempt to show that there are laws of mythical thinking as strict and rigorous as you would find in the natural sciences.” (Alexander Remington, The Washington Post)

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