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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, September 1

In Indonesia moderate Islams demonstrate the power of religious pluralism. Across the world sex workers unite to celebrate Amnesty International's decision to work towards the decriminalization of their profession. And in Europe the refugee crisis tests the region's dedication to its ideals. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly take on political news. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Given the way the media and politicians frequently talk about "political Islam," it's understandable how many have come to view the mixing of Islam and politics as inherently dangerous. But that's not always true. German magazine Der Spiegel takes a look at how the forces of a more tolerant, pluralistic Islam have shaped the country of Indonesia, albeit with more than a few obstacles along the way.

If you're paid any attention to the ongoing debate about evolution vs. creationism in the United States you've doubtless heard of controversial "creation museums," that reject evolutionary science in order to depict their own, faith-inspired version of natural history. Well, one of the biggest donors to the creation museum movement, Greg Gianforte, is now considering a run for Montana's governor.

Living as a member of the ethnic or religious majority, it's often easy to miss the subtle and even not-so-subtle ways that minorities are talked down to or disparaged in our culture. What might seem a harmless joke to one person can easily be hurtful to another. One graphic novel, American Born Chinese, is looking to explore and expose how prevalent such subliminal racism is and how it harms young minorities.

It's official: humanitarian organization Amnesty International has now adopted a policy which advocates for the decriminalization of sex work. Speaking with members of the sex worker community, The Guardian has discovered that many in the profession welcome the move and say it "empowers them." You can read more here.

And lastly, we turn to the controversial subject of human migration. Whether it's legal or illegal, migration invariably provokes heated debate, and the refugee crisis in Europe is no exception. Forbes tackles the sticky issue in this article which argues much of the current crisis is built upon both the latent xenophobia of many Europeans as well as a reluctance to responsibly tackle the humanitarian issues that have caused the crisis.

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