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By clasqm | All faiths, all in the news.

GOP asks if you're concerned about Sharia law. A Temple professor weighs in.

The word “Sharia” can evoke strong emotions among Americans. Some fear it’s a form of Muslim law that’s threatening to overtake the nation, while …

Islam

Luther, Luther, Luther: He didn’t reform Christianity as much as this guy did

(RNS) — A few weeks ago Martin Marty, the religious historian, argued in an RNS column that Calvin deserves mention along with Luther during this …

Theology

5 Reasons This Catholic Feminist Is Thankful

I don’t know about you, but I never realized how many male sexual predators held positions of power in government, the arts and the media until the tsunami of headlines this month. It is demoralizing to know that thousands of women have endured shame and great pain in silence for years.<p>In no way do …

Christianity

British law must recognise Muslim marriage ceremonies

If the UK could do it for Quakers 250 years ago, is it too much to ask parliament to consider the needs of newer faith communities?<p>When I had my <i>nikah</i>, my Islamic marriage ceremony, I considered myself a married man. In the presence of our nearest and dearest, squeezed into my partner’s front room …

Religion

Christian DACA Recipients Reflect On What They're Thankful For This Holiday

As Americans across the country prepare to gather around the Thanksgiving table, one special group of Christians is taking time to express …

Immigration

Lamb ad showing religious figures eating together banned

A controversial lamb ad featuring religious figures has been banned after India's High Commissioner in Canberra complained about vegetarian Hindu god …

A Litany Of Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving, I share again the beautiful prayer of great black theologian Howard Thurman, “A Litany of Thanksgiving,” which my family reads together each year. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the values we embrace – especially this year as we feel so threatened by the negative forces …

Kaitlin Curtice talks about ‘everyday glory’ and her Native American heritage

(RNS) — Kaitlin Curtice grew up Southern Baptist and now attends an Anglican church. She doesn’t necessarily identify herself with either …

Columbus Day

Catholic School Statue Covered Up For Being Too Gross And Weird

A Catholic school in Australia has covered up a statue of a saint giving a loaf of bread to a boy after complaints that it was too suggestive.<p>The …

Catholic Schools

The secret Jewish history of “Alice’s Restaurant”

You want to feel old?<p>This is the fiftieth anniversary of the song “Alice’s Restaurant,” by Arlo Guthrie.<p>Well, sort of. The song was released on the …

Prejudice

This Thanksgiving, American Muslims Are Thankful For Allies Publicly And Vocally Speaking Out, Showing Up

While some may try to divide us along religious lines, we are and always will be united as Americans.<p>This Thanksgiving, I join millions of American Muslim families in thanking fellow Americans of all faiths and political affiliations who this year publicly and vocally spoke out and showed up again …

Islam

Let’s celebrate the Pilgrims (the Puritans not so much)

This Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to pay tribute to the 102 immigrants who fetched up on Cape Cod in 1620. Not just because the holiday can be …

Religion

China and Vatican to exchange artworks in bid to boost relations

Each will send the other 40 works to go on display simultaneously from March<p>The Vatican is to send 40 works of art to China in a cultural exchange amid signs that attempts at rapprochement between the two powers are faltering.<p>The Vatican museums, home to the Sistine chapel and countless other works …

China

Why Volunteering Over The Holidays Isn't The Best Idea

Portland Press Herald via Getty Images<p>At noon on Nov. 1, Meg Currie Teoh opened up registration for people to volunteer on Thanksgiving for a meal …

Volunteering

The Maniac Neo-Nazis Keeping Charles Manson's Race War Alive

Charles Manson is dead now, and we are the richer for it. Manson was a thief, a pimp and a murderous cult leader bent on race war. He was true …

Racism

A (Very) Brief Response to “Democrats Must Turn Back To People of Faith!”

A friend sends a link to this Michael Wear piece in the Atlantic, saying “I...

Religion

After the yes vote, let's not remove one inequality and replace it with another

Christian conservatives seek to use freedom of religion to justify discrimination against the LGBTQI community<p>Ever since the yes vote, conservative members of parliament have been scrambling to amend the same-sex marriage bill. With the government’s announcement that parliament will sit in December …

Rights & Freedoms

The ’Splainer: Who are you calling a Puritan?

<i>The ’Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ’splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which the RNS staff gives you everything you need to know about</i> …

Religion

Religion scholars turn activist in the shadow of Trump

BOSTON (RNS) — As nearly 10,000 scholars of religion and the Bible shuttled among 300 sessions at a conference here last weekend, Donald Trump …

Religion

Sobibor Mystery Pendant Sparks Family Reunion

76 years ago this week, Karolina Cohn was torn from her Frankfurt home and deported in a cattle car for a harrowing journey to Minsk, where she was imprisoned in the ghetto. To mark this event, I travelled to Frankfurt to participate in the laying of a stumbling stone – known as a “Stolpersteine,” …

European History

Petition to pressure MPs for religious freedoms shares users’ data without consent

Marriage Alliance petition doesn’t alert signatories that their names, emails and addresses will be supplied<p>A Marriage Alliance petition urging MPs to take their “hands off our freedoms” shares signatories’ names, emails and addresses with politicians without alerting users it will supply those …

Privacy

Morocco goes digital to counter radical Islam online

(RNS) — The Mohammadia League of Islamic Scholars, a government research institute leading Morocco’s extensive campaign against violent Muslim …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Apartheid In Myanmar: Rohingya Muslims Trapped In 'Open-Air Prison,' Amnesty Says

Myanmar’s brutal and internationally-condemned purge of Rohingya Muslims amounts to “dehumanizing apartheid,” Amnesty International said in a …

Rakhine State

Nigeria police say at least 50 killed in mosque bombing

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing in Mubi town in Adamawa state, suspicion immediately fell …

Nigeria

Florida Church Warns Visitors That Members Are 'Heavily Armed'

A Florida church is warning visitors that its members are “heavily armed” ― and they’re using the Bible to justify their Second Amendment rights.<p>The …

Guns

Philip Ruddock to examine if Australian law protects religious freedom

Cabinet appoints former Liberal minister to examine consequences of any changes in light of impending legalisation of marriage equality<p>The former Liberal minister Philip Ruddock has been appointed to examine if Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom.<p>He was appointed …

Equality

Why we need Robert Bellah’s civil religion today

(RNS) — As we pause for a day of Thanksgiving for national blessings, let us remember that a 'transcendent reference point' is crucial for the health …

Bertrand Russell

We Went To The Museum Of The Bible — So You Don’t Have To

Entering the Museum of the Bible was a little like getting on a plane to Israel — it was a mess trying to get through security. There was a kind of …

Theology

Purpose-built Anglican church opens in London for first time in 40 years

St Francis in Tottenham Hale also contains nursery and cafe and opens as attendance in capital bucks national trend of decline<p>The first purpose built Anglican parish church in London for 40 years formally opened on Tuesday on the site of a former factory and in the middle of a new regeneration …

London