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Polygamy bill passes Utah House, moves to Senate

A bill changing the definition of bigamy, and that would increase the penalties for it in some cases, passed in a vote Thursday on the floor of the …

Faith leaders respond to reversal of transgender guidelines

(RNS) Religious leaders have expressed varied reactions to President Trump’s reversal of protections that specified transgender students could use …

Equality

Myanmar nationalist monks protest Thai crackdown on sect

A Buddhist nationalist group that has been accused of stirring up religious tensions in Myanmar demonstrated Friday outside Thailand's embassy in …

Pope Francis suggests it’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic

On a typically busy morning at the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke at least twice on Thursday in ways that recognized the values of other religious outlooks while he promoted the faithful practice of Catholicism.<p>The subject of Francis’s homily at the daily Mass was hypocrisy. He criticized the …

Pope Francis

The Rise of Halal-Certified Food Echoes the Growth of Kosher-Certified Food

As someone who keeps a kosher kitchen, I pay close attention to the foods that come into my home. Before tossing a bottle of vinegar, a box of …

Food

Danish Man Who Burned Quran Is Prosecuted for Blasphemy

A 42-year-old man who burned a Quran and posted a video of it on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy in Denmark, a striking decision by prosecutors in a country that is largely secular but has grappled with the role of Islam in public life.<p>The decision stunned many Danes: No one has been …

Islam

Overnight fire at Thonotosassa mosque under investigation

Hillsborough fire crews are investigating an overnight fire at a mosque in Thonotosassa.<p>The fire occurred at an entrance door of the Islamic Society …

Islamophobia

Half of Hispanic Christians Worry About Deportation Under Trump

Even before President Donald Trump pledged to double down on policies against undocumented immigrants living in the United States, Hispanic Americans …

Immigration

Milo Yiannopoulos and the Church of Winning

By excusing Donald Trump’s behavior, some evangelical leaders enabled the internet provocateur’s ascent.<p>The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) takes place this week near Washington, D.C., the first such gathering since Donald Trump took office. The conference purports to be a gathering …

Religion

How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence Differently

When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start.<p>Most say their church would be a safe …

Religion

Muslim Brotherhood Terror Designation Will Lead To 'Witch-Hunt,' Rights Groups Say

In an open letter, over 80 groups say it could cause the "effective shut-down" of American Muslim civil rights organizations.<p>Over 80 prominent American civil rights and faith-based groups have come out against President Donald Trump’s reported plan to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terror …

Islam

Bill passes to allow religion in schools in Kentucky

WEEK IN RELIGION<br>Public schools in Kentucky wishing to host programs or plays that contain religious themes could soon be allowed to after the state …

Religion

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks.<p>A Reuters reporter saw 25 families gathered with their belongings in the Suez Canal city of …

Egypt

Muhammad Ali's Son Says He Was Detained And Questioned About His Religion At Florida Airport

Two weeks ago, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously voted to refuse to reinstate Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. That hasn’t completely stopped …

Boxing

Will America's Oldest Muslim Community Survive President Trump?

An hour before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, a week out from signing his immigration ban, the oldest Muslim …

Cedar Rapids

The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS

Why a Christian wants to rescue Islamic artifacts<p>Rescuing the world’s most precious antiquities from destruction is a painstaking project—and a Benedictine monk may seem like an unlikely person to lead the charge. But Father Columba Stewart is determined. Soft-spoken, dressed in flowing black …

Ancient History

The Political Crisis of American Evangelicals

Despite growing hostilities in the Democratic Party after Hillary Clinton’s surprising loss to Donald Trump, perhaps the greater hostility is one …

Religion

‘Trumpet call from the podium’: Black faith leaders vow to resist

RICHMOND, Va. (RNS) A month after the inauguration of President Trump, African-American faith leaders are now strategizing about next steps.

Religion

Scientists ponder how to talk to the faithful about climate change

BOSTON (RNS) After sessions on gravitational waves, nuclear forensics and artificial intelligence, one of the world’s largest general science …

Climate Change

100,000 Massacred, Over 2 Million Displaced In Boko Haram’s War to Eradicate Christianity

(PHOTO: REUTERS/LUC GNAGO)<br>Displaced people attend the speach of Niger’s Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum in a camp of the city of Diffa following …

Boko Haram

Will Trump Get Past The Easy Religious Liberty Questions To The Hard One?

President Donald Trump recently announced in his own colorful way that he would “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 amendment to the tax code that prohibits churches and other nonprofits from endorsing or opposing political candidates. This appeared to be a gift from President Trump to the …

Religion

Jewish groups dismayed by Trump’s response to anti-Semitism question

WASHINGTON (RNS) The reporter asked President Trump about the rise of anti-Semitism in America. His answer — or seeming lack of one — angered many …

Anti-Semitism

World Relief lays off staff following Trump’s executive order on refugees

(RNS) World Relief has announced it will lay off more than 140 staff members and close five local offices as a “direct result” of President Trump’s …

Evangelical Experts Oppose Trump’s Plan to Ban Refugees

World Relief and other major ministries argue that compassion and security are not opposing forces. Despite previous plans to admit the highest …

Refugees

Americans warm slightly toward Mormons, other religions

Americans have a slightly more positive view of Mormons and members of many other faiths than they did just two and a half years ago, a new Pew study …

Religion

Religious Movements of the Great Migration: An Interview with Judith Weisenfeld

(George Rinhart/Getty/Corbis) Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford stands with members of the Congregation Beth B’nai Abraham.<p>The Great Migration of the 1920s …

Racism

Americans Express Increasingly Warm Feelings Toward Religious Groups

On the heels of a contentious election year in which partisan politics increasingly divided Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that …

Statistics

Suicide attack on Pakistani shrine kills 72, claimed by Islamic State

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) The attack comes as the Pakistani Taliban and rival Islamist militant groups carry out their threats of a new offensive.

Pakistan

Constitutionality of leaked executive order on religious freedom called into question

WASHINGTON (RNS) The former U.S. religious freedom ambassador told a congressional subcommittee that leaked language of a proposed presidential …

Equality

Should the U.S. Prioritize Christian Refugees? No Thanks, Some Arab Christians Say

When President Donald Trump suggested recently the U.S. should prioritize persecuted Christian refugees, not all Christians in the Middle East …

Islamic State (ISIS)