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Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Tale Provides Cover for U.S.-Led Wars in the Muslim World
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

So long as the Americans expand their detrimental call for war in Muslim nations, Hirsi Ali’s place as an “informed” voice on Islam is secure. Controversial American author Ayaan ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers by Michael G. Long / The Mask You Live In by Representation ...

Zaytuna College Recognized as First Accredited Muslim College in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

A college that requires the study of both Wordsworth and the Quran for graduation is now the first fully accredited Islamic university in America. A college that requires the stu ...

Resisting ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maria J. Stephan Surprisingly, acts of civil resistance in Syria and Iraq have shown success against the so-called Islamic State.  ...

What the Chapel Hill Murders Reveal About the Place of Muslims in American Society
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha were the very best people. They embodied the core Islamic principle of “ihsan” — doing that which is both beautiful in itself and beautifying to the world. .. ...

Three Muslim Students Shot Dead in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old white male, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder, according to a Chapel Hill Police Release. Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year ...

France Ponders Its Response to Shootings: Will Xenophobia or Multiculturalism Win?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

As France emerges from its worst terrorist attack in decades, a biting novel that imagines the country governed by Islamic law is part of a swirling debate about its basic values. ...

VIDEO: Not in Our Name
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community.  When facing a new threat, it ...

On Being A Muslim Parent
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell.  LAST YEAR, as I ...

Justices to Take Up Abercrombie & Fitch Headscarf Case
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court granted 11 new cases for review Oct. 2, agreeing to rule on controversial topics such as religious freedom, child abuse, immigration, housing discrimination, congressional redistricting and c ...

Muslim Inmate Takes His Case for a Beard to the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s not every day that a coalition of legal minds is rooting for a violent inmate convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck. It’s not every day that a coalition of legal m ...

Muslim Scholars Tell Islamic State: You Don’t Understand Islam
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms. ...

In Ferguson, Nation of Islam Members Push for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

All acknowledge that the Nation of Islam has been a key player since the very beginning of the Ferguson protests. FERGUSON, Mo. — Ever since Michael Brown, a young, unarmed Africa ...

Kenya's Catholic Bishops Sued After Canceling Lease for Muslim-run Restaurant
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of a rental contract for a restaurant operated by a Somali Muslim. The Kenya Conference of Catho ...

Party Ties, Not Religious Ones, Drive Down Obama's Approval Rating
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Most Christians don’t approve of President Obama right now, but he gets high ratings from Muslims and other minority religious groups. Most Christians don’t approve of President ...

RESOURCE: "Christians, Muslims, and the Common Good"
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A study guide for engaging Muslim-Christian relations. Christians and Muslims in Nigeria are work ...

Muslim and Anti-Muslim Bus Ads Battle Heads to Round 3
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew turn up together on a Washington, D.C., bus. It’s no joke. They’re the faces of a new ad campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group. ...

A Moral Crisis in Africa
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis As a Christian, I grieve over the unspeakable violence wrongly done in the name of faith. FOR THE ...

A Time to Break Silence on Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

This year, in light of conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, and an often-overlooked war in Central African Republic, we should remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This we ...

At Christmas, Rare Collaboration to Restore an Ancient Church
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

In what some are calling the biggest miracle in Bethlehem since the birth of Jesus, the three churches that share responsibility for the Nativity church put aside centuries of tense relations this past year to ...

Fighting in Central African Republic Is Not About Religion, Archbishop Says
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 12:56am | Type: Blog

Two French soldiers died as a wave of deadly revenge attacks involving rival Christian and Muslim groups has left the Central African Republic in chaos. Two French soldiers died a ...

Muslim Superhero Kamala Khan No Match for Real-life Islamophobia
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

When Marvel Comics announced the debut of its latest superhero — a 16-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim from Jersey City, N.J. — it was correctly seen as a positive development. ...

U.K. Minister Sayeeda Warsi Calls on West to Protect Christian Minorities
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

The highest-ranking Muslim in the British government on Friday called on Western governments to do more to protect besieged Christian minorities across the world, particularly in the Holy Land where they are n ...

Is Yoga Religious? An Indian Court Mulls Mandatory School Exercises
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court of India is weighing whether yoga has a religious element, as it decides if public schools may teach the ancient discipline in the country where it originated. T ...

Religious, Civil Rights Groups Demand Investigation of NYPD Spying
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of 125 religious, civil rights, and community-based organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday urging a civil rights investigation into a New York City Police Department ...

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

y they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, and blacks facing far more. American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, ...

WATCH: 'There's Nothing Faithful About Torture'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Sojourners supports the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). NRCAT recently released five Youtube videos to counter the claims found in pop-culture that torture is acceptable. ...

Water Initiatives Get Congregations to Pledge to Conserve
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, water has become more than a ritual element used in Christian baptismal rites or in Jewish and Muslim cleansing ceremonies. It has become a focus for worshippers seeking to go beyond water’ ...

Denim Burqa Ad: Bold or Insulting?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Islamophobic or empowering? Those are among the reactions to a new Diesel jeans ad featuring a heavily tattooed, topless white woman wearing a redesigned, denim burqa. Islamophobi ...

England Debates Full-Face Veils in Courtrooms
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

A senior judge, leading members of Parliament, and human rights activists are calling for an urgent debate on the explosive issue of whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear veils when they testify in c ...

Rival to Miss World Will Crown a Pious Muslim Woman
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

After hardline Islamists voiced opposition to the Miss World contest now being staged in Muslim-majority Indonesia, a rival World Muslimah beauty contest exclusively for Muslim women will announce its winner o ...

New Comedic Documentary Explores Muslims in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of comedians performs before red state Americans in such places as Tennes ...

Muslim Clerk Wins Hijab Fight Against Abercrombie and Fitch
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

A federal judge ruled Monday that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines when it fired a Muslim employee in 2010 for not removing her religious head ...

Muslim Mother Seeks Justice for the Son She Lost on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without crying, but she still prefers mostly not to tell his story. It’s been five years now that T ...

N.C. Governor Allows Anti-Shariah Bill to Become Law
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Lawyers specializing in Islamic law said such legislation could make it harder for Muslim women married in Islamic countries under Shariah law to obtain alimony and child support payments because husbands will ...

Our Obsession With Violence and the Stories You’re Not Supposed to Hear
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We do grave harm to these regions and the people within them when we fail to highlight these gritty, subversive, and everyday movements of hope in the midst of conflict. As followers of the great Reconciler, w ...

Ramadan, a Shared Table, and Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

As I often say, as followers of Jesus, we have no choice but to move toward relationships with those who are marginalized, dehumanized, and in need of love. We don’t compromise our faith by hanging out with pe ...

Buddhist Monk Blames Muslims for Myanmar Bombing
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A radical Buddhist monk in Myanmar said a bomb that exploded near him, wounding five devotees, came after a death threat by a “Muslim religious leader” who wanted to silence his campaign to prevent Buddhist wo ...

Shariah 101: What Is It and Why Do States Want to Ban It?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, but nearly everyone agrees that “foreign laws” really means Shariah, or Islamic law. ...

Heat Poses Challenge to Muslims Fasting During Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

The annual 30-day fast known as Ramadan, one of Islam’s five pillars, began Tuesday and requires that believers forgo food and drink. At this time of year, that means 15 hours of parched throats and unquenched ...

Study Says Gays Find Most U.S. Faiths Unfriendly
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Gay Americans are much less religious than the general U.S. population, and about 3-in-10 of them say they have felt unwelcome in a house of worship, a new study shows. Gay Americ ...

Religious Leaders Welcome FBI Hate Crimes Reporting
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

For Raed Jarrar, the FBI’s decision Wednesday to begin tracking hate crimes against Arabs is a battle won in a larger war. For Raed Jarrar, the FBI’s decision Wednesday to begin t ...

Citing Risk to Adoptions, Missouri Gov. Vetoes Anti-Shariah Bill
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the seventh in the nation to prohibit judges from considering Shariah, or Islamic law, and other “foreign laws” in their decisions. ...

A Holy Land Without Christians?
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Arab Christians are vital to a thriving Middle East - and their numbers are dwindling. LIKE MANY ...

Is Religious Freedom At Risk in U.S.?
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The panelists who came to assess the state of religious freedom in the nation accepted the point that their various faiths might not stand together on anything beyond the need to protect religious freedom, and ...

Boston Mosque Says Bombing Suspect Had Outbursts But Wasn’t Violent
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Leaders at the Islamic Society of Boston‘s mosque in Cambridge say Tsarnaev, 26, who died early Friday after a shootout with police, “disagreed with the moderate American-Islamic theology” of the mosque, but t ...

Muslim Leaders: We Stand Against Terrorism
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

As the manhunt intensified in and around Boston, Muslim leaders convened a press conference Friday to denounce the attacks and to urge the media not to link their faith with violent extremism. ...

U.S. Muslims Mobilize to Prevent Boston Backlash
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

It’s a familiar race against time for Muslim groups. Almost as soon as the smoke cleared around Copley Square, they knew from long experience that some would immediately point the finger of blame in their dire ...

VIDEO: People of Faith Tackle Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Rose Marie Berger writes in the May 2013 Sojourners magazine cover story, “ For God So Loved the World ,” that people of faith are key to reversing climate ch ...

North Carolina Minorities Remain Worried After Religion Bill is Pulled
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

A resolution to allow North Carolina to defy the Constitution and establish a state-sanctioned religion may be dead in the state capitol, but minority faiths say there’s more than enough reason to remain nervo ...