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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, December 4

Hindus and Sikhs share in religious festivities. Myanma / Burmese Muslims are denied an opportunity to vote in their native country. And Jews prepare to celebrate Hanukkah around the world! It's Faithful Friday, our weekly segment on news about faiths and religious communities around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The autumn and winter seasons are full of religious and cultural festivals wherever you go. In India, several different religious communities often see their holidays converge, as in the case of Hindus and Sikhs. Religion News Service covers the opportunities the two groups have to learn from one another in this way.

Beninese actor Djimon Hounsou, best known for his roles in Amistad, Gladiator, and Blood Diamond, recently announced his interest in producing a film about the Afro-Caribbean religion of Vodou. Vodouisant Lilith Dorsey at Patheos offers her thoughts on the subject.

Here in the United States (and most of the rest of the Western world) we take for granted the fact that we can vote regardless of our religious affiliation. But that's not true everywhere. British newspaper The Guardian details the religious and political oppression Muslims in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar / Burma are facing as a result of their beliefs.

What do you know about Hanukkah? For many it's just the "Jewish Christmas" (much as Solstice might be described as the "Pagan Christmas"). But there's a lot more to it than just its comparison to a Christian holiday.

Time and time again, Westerners have called on Muslims to forsake and oppose Islamist terrorism. Time and time again, Muslims worldwide have done so and been ignored. If you had any doubts? Check out this poll from Pew Research, which shows that an overwhelming majority of Muslims worldwide oppose the organization known as Daesh or ISIL.

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