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Christianity in Britain Losing Ground to Islam, Secularism
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

New figures from the 2011 Census show that the number of people who identify as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by 4 million over the last 10 years. CANTERBURY, England ...

American Muslims Celebrate Defeat of Congressional Critics
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

American Muslims are celebrating the ouster of two congressmen known for their anti-Islamic rhetoric, and heralding the outcomes as a sign that Muslim voters, at least in some districts, are a political force ...

Abrahamic Faiths on Peace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War. Palgrave Ma ...

Muslims Back Obama, But By Smaller Margin Than 2008
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Nearly nine in 10 Muslim American voters pulled the lever for the Democratic candidate in the last two presidential elections, partly because of Republican policies and rhetoric that many considered anti-Musli ...

As Hateful Ads Expand to D.C., So Does Sojourners’ Response
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 7:11pm | Type: Blog

Responding to attacks on Muslims, Sojourners has been placing ads around the country with a simple reminder of Jesus' command to love our neighbors. The billboards and subway ads read: “Love Your Muslim N ...

The Lord Says: 'Love Thy (Muslim) Neighbor': Jewish and Christian Groups Reach Out to Muslims
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

The racist, anti-Muslim ad in the New York Subway that used the language of civilized and savages has more than met its match. A large group of Jews and Christians have countered that hateful message by tappin ...

Toledo and the Power of Love
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

As we have done in Missouri, Tennessee, and New York, we will be offering a simple, biblical message in Toledo, Ohio: “Love your Muslim neighbors." A house of worship in Ohio ...

Shiite Muslims Quietly Establish a Foothold in U.S.
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

In some ways, the Sunni/Shiite divide is similar to divisions between Protestants and Catholics — both follow the same faith, but with different ways of understanding and worshipping God. ...

Mosque in Toledo, Ohio Scorched by Arson
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Muslim worshippers are reeling from an arson fire at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, but are grateful for an outpouring of support from the local interfaith community. TOLED ...

The Big Something: When A Campaign Gets Personal
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Our world is a powder keg, and Geller flagrantly lit a blowtorch with these ads, which, in case you were wondering, are protected fully under the Constitution. They may be legal, but they're not moral. ...

Vatican Walks a Fine Line on Trying to Combat Blasphemy
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

Just one week after Pope Benedict XVI ended his successful visit to Lebanon, the country's most senior Catholic leader called for a United Nations resolution “that will ban denigrating religions.” ...

'Love Your Neighbor' Wasn't Just a Suggestion
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

The answer to bad religion is not secularism, as all the “new atheists” like to say; rather, it is better religion. And the best antidote to religious fundamentalism of all stripes is — in every case — the gen ...

Survey: Syrian Rebels Seek Islamic Democracy
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Members of the Syrian opposition generally want a democratic government that protects the rights of minorities, though many also want a constitution based on Islam, according to a recent survey. ...

Taming the Tongue
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

If we are offspring of the heavenly parent, if we are made in the likeness of God, how should that shape our speech and control the way we wag our tongues? [ Editor's Note ...

U.S. Muslims, Copts Appeal to Rioters: Stop the Violence
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are pledging not to let a spate of violent protests in some 20 Islamic countries derail recent efforts to improve the sometimes troubled relations between the tw ...

Middle East Riots Fueled by Competition Between Radicals, Moderates
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Anti-American riots that have spread to more than a dozen countries across the Middle East are a sign of fissures between radical and more moderate Islamists that are vying for power as their societies undergo ...

Can Dog Owners Still Be Good Muslims?
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Muslims' alleged canine-phobia is often cited by critics of Islam as an example of how the faith is incompatible with Western values. Some Muslims have perpetuated that narrative, such as when a Somali ca ...

Members of Destroyed Joplin Mosque Face Uncertain Future
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

There’s no timeline for construction yet, and no structural plans. The basic need is a worship space, but the old building also had areas for teaching and social activities. JOPL ...

The ‘Maverick’ Egyptian-American Copt Behind the Anti-Muslim Film
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Florida Pastor Terry Jones ignited deadly riots by threatening to burn Qurans in 2010, and by torching the Islamic holy text last year. Recently, Jones said he would promote a crude film that portrays Islam’s ...

'Innocence of Muslims' Video Suggests a Fetish for Armageddon
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Pray for the makers of the film, for the Muslims in Libya and Egypt who have reacted in anger, and for the people of Israel who wake up every day, resented or reviled by so many of their neighbors. ...

Concerts and Controversial Opera Bring Faiths Together in St. Louis
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Terrorism stories are rarely happy stories, and yet the path Timothy O'Leary has taken — from bringing the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" to St. Louis last year to a Sept. 11 mem ...

Activists Hail Release of Christian Pastor in Iran, Teen in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl who was charged with blasphemy. Religious rights ...

Muslim Delegates at Democratic Convention Quadrupled Since 2004
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

The number of Muslim delegates attending the Democratic National Convention has quadrupled since 2004, according to a Muslim advocacy group. The number of Muslim delegates atten ...

Q&A with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 7:54am | Type: Blog

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has spent most of his adult life trying to build interfaith and international bridges. But to many Americans, he is the public face of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque," one o ...

Are Muslims Allowed to Dance? Depends Who You Ask
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

The Taliban in Afghanistan shocked the world this week when they beheaded 17 people, allegedly for the crime of dancing at a mixed-gender gathering. Which prompts the question: Does Islam forbid dancing? ...

What Catholics Can Learn From the Quran
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

After reading the Quran during Ramadan, I am again convinced that there are more commonalities between and among religions than there are differences that isolate and divide. This ...

Muslim Immigrants at Home Key to U.S. Image Abroad
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

The opinions of Muslim immigrants and students like Jedeh are important because they shape how Muslims abroad see America, much more so than the mosques, media, and politicians in their countries, experts say. ...

Ramadan Karim: Revelation
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Ramadan is a time of revelation. This is what it revealed in me: I miss the devotion of my youth. It was the summer of 1994 and about 10 friends and I sat huddled around Bibles in ...

Report Highlights Islam’s Global Diversity
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

Beyond central pillars of the faith, Muslims worldwide vastly differ as religious convictions are shaped by cultural and social contexts, according to a new report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Lif ...

Ramadan Karim: Sojo Staffer Joins Imam for Islam's Monthlong Fast
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Ramadan's first day of fasting began today at dawn. This year, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing, Lisa Sharon Harper, has chosen to keep the fast during the Muslim holy month alongside our friend, I ...

Former U.S. Solider Sues NYPD Over Muslim Surveillance
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Syed Farhaj Hassan said that he’s been “betrayed” by the New York City police department for its years of post-9/11 spying on Muslim communities in New Jersey. At 26, Syed Farhaj ...

What Muslims Have Taught Me
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

I have been discovering more each day how much I love Muslim people. They are beautiful, warm people, yet we are afraid of them because of misconceptions based on our stereotypes of their race. ...

Members of Mosque Under FBI Scrutiny Say They're Being Pushed to Adopt Americanized Islam
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

In the past two years, the FBI has placed at least five men with affiliations to the mosque, including its longtime religious leader, on the nation's no-fly list, a roster of suspected terrorists barred f ...

Quran Burning: It Takes a Fool to Start a Fire
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, the (seemingly) perennial fire-starter and certifiable wingnut Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., a 50-member self-proclaimed Christian congragation, ...

Pentagon Orders Review of Military Training on Islam
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

The Pentagon is investigating whether military officials ignored complaints from senior officers about a course that was found to have inflammatory and inaccurate content about Islam. ...

Man Spends 12 Months Practicing 12 Different Religions, Finds Peace at Year’s End
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina man practiced 12 different religions in the course of a year and doesn't call himself by any of them. LUMBERTON, N.C.—Andrew Bowen sat yoga-style in his armcha ...

A Noted Atheist (No Not That One, The Other One) on What Religion Can Teach Non-Believers
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

This is not another book that simply critiques religion. In Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, a noted author on a wide range of themes – from architec ...

FIFA Agrees to Test Special Hijab for Female Soccer Players
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Muslim female soccer players are celebrating a decision by the International Football Association Board to allow them to test specially designed head coverings for four months. Mu ...

Muslims Launch Campaign to Explain Shariah
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Against a backdrop of heartland fears that U.S. Muslims seek to impose Islamic law on American courts, a leading Muslim group will launch a campaign Monday to dispel what it called misconceptions about Shariah ...

N.J. Leaders Seek to Ease Anger Over NYPD Probe of Muslims
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Amid concern over the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims beyond New York City, New Jersey and federal law enforcement officials plan to hold a summit Saturday (March 3) to assure Muslim ...

Verizon Dropping Muslim TV Network
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Verizon, the national cable television operator, has decided to drop Bridges TV, a pioneering television network that seeks to challenge stereotypes of Muslims and create understanding between Muslims and non- ...

NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Extended Well Beyond New York
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — The report was stamped top secret. Inside was a confidential dossier compiled by the New York Police Department documenting "locations of concern" in Newark -- the city's 44 mosqu ...

TRANSCRIPT: Barack Obama and The God Factor Interview
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

In 2004 I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop in Chicago. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. No handler, no spokesperson, no notes. He seemed to be relaxed and at eas ...

Church Seeks Line Between Interfaith and Intolerance
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

DES PERES, Mo. — More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Peres recently for a Bible study called "Islam Through a Lutheran Lens." ...

Fact Check Fail: That Obama Prayer Meme
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

The people behind a popular chain e-mail about President Obama and the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission. That's omission, as in omitting facts. ...

Canadian Imams Issue Fatwa Against Honor Killings
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

TORONTO — Muslim clerics in Canada have issued a fatwa against so-called "honor killings" a week after three members of an Afghan family in Montreal were convicted of the murders of four relatives. ...

Follow the Meme: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Copycats and Responders
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus is a true Internet phenomenon, garnering more than 18 million views and sparking a global debate. As with most internet phenomena, the viral video has given birth to dozens ...

About Those So-Called "Honor Killings" in Canada
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

A jury on Sunday found three members of an Afghan family guilty of killing three teenage sisters and another woman in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a &qu ...

Lowes, Lowes, Lowes ...
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Lowes pulled its ad dollars from a show that aims to tighten the tapestry we call America because of a faux controversy drummed up by a hate group that said, through its claims of “propaganda," that it� ...

The Daily Show Blasts Controversy Over "All-American Muslim"
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Last night on "The Daily Show," host Jon Stewart and "senior Muslim correspondent" Aasif Mandvi took a few clever swings at the Florida Family Association and Lowe's for their opposit ...