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In Lebanon, how to say ‘I do’ sparks fierce debate

By Associated Press — June 27, 2022
BEIRUT (AP) — In Lebanon, an on-again, off-again debate over whether such civil marriages may be held inside the country, and for whom, is contentious and mired in religious and political entanglements.

After Roe’s demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

By David Crary and Holly Meyer — June 27, 2022

Answering the refugee crisis as a matter of faith

By Waseem Ahmad, Anne Burghardt, and Mark Hetfield — June 22, 2022
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In the world’s largest democracy, people of faith aren’t free

By David Curry — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Alarming new data shows hundreds of violent attacks are being carried out against Christians in India.

France rules against burkini swimwear for religious reasons

By Associated Press — June 21, 2022
PARIS (AP) — While worn by only a small number of primarily Muslim women in France, the burkini draws intense political debate in the country.

‘A dear friend’: Syrian carves model of Cologne cathedral

By Kirsten Grieshaber and Daniel Niemann — June 21, 2022
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Alkhudr, who is Muslim, said he developed such a close connection to the Catholic cathedral that at some point it felt like the building became a part of him.

Poor People’s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, called legislation that hurts the poor ‘forms of policy murder.’

Pilgrimage to Mecca is never easy. Saudi Arabia just made it a lot harder.

By Dilshad Ali — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — Less than a month before the pilgrimage to Mecca was to begin, the Saudis changed the rules.

On abortion, Muslim Americans say Islamic history is ‘on the side of mercy’

By Alejandra Molina — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — Muslim Americans are gearing up for what overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision could mean for their communities.

Disney’s ‘Lightyear’ banned in Muslim world for lesbian kiss

By Jon Gambrell — June 16, 2022
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) —“Lightyear” includes a female character voiced by actress Uzo Aduba briefly kissing her female partner in one scene in the $200 million film.

In Yemen, child soldiering continues despite Houthi promise

By Samy Magdy — June 16, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Houthi officials said the rebels recruited several hundred children including some as young as 10 over the past two months.

Why Muslim countries are quick at condemning defamation – but often ignore rights violations against Muslim minorities

By Ahmet T. Kuru — June 16, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Islam writes about how widespread authoritarianism in the Muslim world shapes governments’ foreign policy toward Muslim minorities abroad.

Thousands march in Bangladesh over comments about Islam

By Associated Press — June 16, 2022
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least five Arab nations have condemned the remarks and lodged official protests against India.

Thousands protest ‘bulldozer justice’ against Indian Muslims

By Biswajeet Banerjee — June 15, 2022
LUCKNOW, India (AP) - The protests were sparked by derogatory remarks about Islam and the Prophet Muhammed made recently by two spokespeople of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

Global summit on religious persecution presents opportunity to fight abuse

By Knox Thames — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — The power of these summits is in bringing together all stakeholders around advancing religious freedom.
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