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Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Eboo Patel

The journey from the Jan. 6 insurrection to Martin Luther King Day

By Eboo Patel — January 4, 2022
(RNS) — The very people who have been subject to the worst of the United States have embodied its best.

Americans support a high bar for religious exemptions to vaccines

By Robert P. Jones and Eboo Patel — December 20, 2021
(RNS) — For most, the legitimacy of religious objections to COVID-19 vaccination mandates rests on how consistent the current claim is with a person’s previous actions.

Ken Burns portrays the multitudes of Muhammad Ali

By Eboo Patel — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — A new PBS documentary shows how religion can be a machinery for improvement.

What two 9/11 anniversaries can teach us about the role of religion

By Eboo Patel — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — More than 100 years ago, Swami Vivekananda had a vision of faith as a bridge of cooperation.

Interfaith ‘vaccine ambassadors’ take up Biden’s Month of Action

By Eboo Patel, Mary Ellen Giess, and Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — Two thousand volunteers of diverse faiths will engage people through their religious communities. 

The path to herd immunity runs through America’s faith communities 

By Eboo Patel and Robert P. Jones — May 24, 2021
(RNS) — Residents of many of the most vaccine-hesitant areas in the United States turn out to be remarkably receptive to faith-based interventions.

Interfaith campus partnerships are building bridges to overcome our divisions

By Shirley Hoogstra and Eboo Patel — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — When we listen to those who believe differently, we grow in our own faith.

Remembering the Black female leaders of the civil rights movement

By Eboo Patel — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — The truth is, we remember much of the civil rights movement through its very visible male leaders. But there were so many women, both behind the scenes and on the front lines, who shaped the movement.

Seeking unity, Biden should look to Nelson Mandela

By Eboo Patel — January 22, 2021
(RNS) — The new president should craft a strategy that welcomes the willing from the other side back into the circle of decency.

How to motivate millions of Americans to get vaccinated? Let faith help.

By Eboo Patel and Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — December 17, 2020
(RNS) — With thousands of lives on the line, America’s diverse religious communities are uniquely prepared to unite to meet this moment. 

The campaign is over. Will a Biden-Harris administration deliver on its interfaith promises?

By Eboo Patel, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, and Mary Ellen Giess — November 13, 2020
(Interfaith America) — Leveraging the religious and ethical values of millions of Americans - both to build religious pluralism, and to solve social problems - could be a lasting legacy of their administration.

Amy Coney Barrett and the American wars of religion

By Eboo Patel — September 30, 2020
(Interfaith America) — Support for the diverse faith and philosophical convictions that shape American public life should be a matter of bipartisan pride.

From King to Gandhi, racial justice brings faiths together

By Eboo Patel — July 16, 2020
(RNS) — Racial equity is a movement where people from different faiths meet, are inspired by one another and advance a cause that we view as a sacred command.  

George Floyd and the Patels: A story in generations

By Eboo Patel — June 3, 2020
(RNS) — If you talked to my kids about Morning in America, they would just laugh at you.

Passover, Easter, Ramadan — and interfaith America in action

By Eboo Patel — April 10, 2020
(RNS) — In American hospitals, doctors and staffers from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha'i and other faith backgrounds all work together to care for patients suffering from COVID-19. Together, they are bringing an interfaith version of the Good Samaritan to life.
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