Swiss narrowly back proposal to ban face coverings in public
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters narrowly approved on Sunday a proposal to ban face coverings, both the niqabs and burqas worn by a few Muslim women in the country and the ski masks and bandannas used by protesters.
The Central African Republic’s faith leaders are the country’s best hope for peace
As genocide designation becomes a political football, Uyghur activists push for action
Women of different faiths find ‘seat at the table’ co-hosting ‘Sister Act’ podcast
(RNS) — ‘Being female faith leaders, we are not always given the stage,’ said the podcast’s founder.
Muslim candidate for Manhattan DA runs to give victims of system a ‘seat at the table’
(RNS) — ‘Tahanie is New York personified,’ said Aboushi’s friend Linda Sarsour. ‘She is kind, humble, but also unbought and unbossed.’
MPAC Hollywood Awards to feature ‘The Mauritanian’
(RNS) — ‘The Mauritanian’ is based on the true story of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who spent 14 years in the prison facility before his release.
Pope Francis’ encyclical now available in Russian thanks to Muslim translators
(RNS) — It is not uncommon for papal encyclicals to be translated into multiple languages, including Russian, but they are rarely recognized officially by the Vatican.
Facing changing spirituality on campus, historic chaplain groups merge
(RNS) — The merger is a response to increasing diversification of spiritual life at American schools, with students, faculty and staff pursuing not only a wider range of faiths but also no faith at all.
What the mythical figure of Şahmeran in Turkey represents and why activists use it
(The Conversation) — At the center of recent protests over civil liberties and religious sensibilities in Turkey looms a half-woman, half-snake figure known as Şahmeran.
President Biden just made a serious human rights blunder
(RNS) — This will not be the last time that President Biden disappoints us. Because that’s what rulers do.
Pakistan expert: Religiosity aiding spike in militancy
(RNS) — Politicians hoped to use religious belief to bring the country closer together. But experts say it’s creating intolerance and opening up space for a creeping resurgence in militancy.
Malcolm X assassin’s deathbed letter the latest in new look at Muslim leader
(RNS) — New leads in Malcolm X’s assassination appear just as popular culture and Muslims themselves assess his impact.
The pope’s Iraq visit will make headlines. Can it make life better for religious minorities?
(RNS) — A sense of foreboding plagues efforts to return Christians and Yazidis to their homelands.
Texas church helps mosque damaged after snowstorm
(RNS) — The church’s gesture has brought condemnation from talk radio hosts who chided the Methodists in a segment that included Islamophobic rhetoric.
In Texas, Muslim volunteers jump in to help feed the frozen
(RNS) — While Muslim volunteer organizations help anyone who needs it, their assistance was crucial to observant Muslims amid the food shortages of the crisis.