Martin Luther King Jr. faith events continue in time of COVID-19 and Capitol chaos
(RNS) — Many online gatherings that mark King’s birthday and the holiday in his honor will apply his messages to the current crises the country is facing.
Advancing religious freedom abroad starts at home
Moms of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin portrayed in new book
Houston woman faces historic indictment over female genital cutting
(RNS) — The indictment alleges Zahra Badri knowingly transported a minor from the U.S. for the purpose of female genital cutting in 2016.
Pakistan attempts to prosecute Ahmadi US citizens for digital blasphemy
(RNS) — In 2016, Pakistan enacted digital regulations that allow authorities to block online content in the ‘interest of the glory of Islam.’
What four strangers of different faiths learned while living together during a pandemic
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Hadar Cohen, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky were chosen as fellows for an interfaith experiment known as the Abrahamic House. They come from different faiths: Baha’i, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
5 ‘in real life’ religion and pop culture clashes from 2020
(RNS) — Kanye ran for president. Rihanna faced backlash from Muslims. A French-language film caused many conservative religious people to #CancelNetflix.
Our best religion stories from a terrible year
(RNS) — The RNS stories that captured moments of resilience and perseverance, and even a few moments of celebration, in this dark time.
Each year 1,000 Pakistani girls forcibly converted to Islam
(AP) — The conversions, which pave the way for underage, non-consensual marriages, have accelerated during lockdowns against the coronavirus, human rights activists say.
What Jesus means to me as a Muslim
(RNS) — As the Christmas season ushers forth the memory of Jesus, it’s worth asking: How much do Muslims think about the person the Quran recognizes as a prophet and the Messiah?
The most intriguing books on religion we read this year
(RNS) — Our reading list this year, like the rest of our lives, was colored by the triple whammy of 2020: the pandemic, the racial justice protests and the presidential election.
Concern among Muslims over halal status of COVID-19 vaccine
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Questions about stabilizers that use pork products — banned by some religious groups — have raised concerns about the possibility of disrupted immunization campaigns.
Christmas holiday bus attacks in Kenya bring condemnation from Christian and Muslim leaders
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Christian and Muslim leaders have stepped up interfaith dialogue in hopes of reining in the bus attacks and other threats to the border region’s small Christian community.
Five years later, Larycia Hawkins’ canceling foreshadowed evangelicals under Trump
(RNS) — In a 2015 Facebook post, the Wheaton professor announced her intent to wear a hijab as an act of ‘embodied solidarity’ with Muslim women, and lost nearly everything.
Why Indian activist Faisal Khan should matter to all Americans
(RNS) — An Indian Muslim’s imprisonment may seem an unlikely cause to draw Hindus and Christians together.