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Princess Diana contemplated converting to Islam, says ex-royal photographer

By Joseph Hammond — January 25, 2022
(RNS) — The late princess asked, ‘Can I have a chat?’ before surprising him with questions about his religion and about marriage between a Muslim and a Protestant Christian, the photographer told People magazine this week.
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Resisting hate, as people of faith, includes readiness for self-defense

By Dwight Lee Wolter — January 24, 2022
(RNS) — We are not helpless in our new reality.

Online forum draws hundreds of faith leaders to counter religious opposition to abortion

By Alejandra Molina — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — 'So many of the abortion restrictions we’re seeing come from a particular religious lens that doesn’t represent the majority of the country,' said a Presbyterian pastor.

When religious freedom is for me, not for thee

By Mark Silk — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — Could the current zealotry for religious freedom be just a pretext for looking after one’s own parochial interests?

France moves closer to banning veils in sports competitions

By Samuel Petrequin — January 20, 2022
(AP) — The French soccer federation already bans women from wearing headscarves in official matches, as well as at competitions it organizes.

Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker

By Sylvia Hui, Jill Lawless, and Danica Kirka — January 20, 2022
LONDON (AP) — British police are continuing to support U.S. authorities with their investigation into Saturday’s hostage incident. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue.

US official latest to comment on NBA owner’s dismissal of Uyghur genocide

By Joseph Hammond — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Nury Turkel, an official with USCIRF, has condemned recent statements from Palihapitiya, a billionaire venture capitalist and a small stakeholder in the Golden State Warriors’ NBA franchise. 

Religious communities have a moral obligation to make the internet better

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Six ways religious and spiritual leaders can help the internet serve their communities right now.

Afghanistan tops Open Doors watch list of worst countries for Christians

By Adelle M. Banks — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Across the globe, Open Doors found that there has been a 24% increase in Christians killed because of their faith.

11 hours of prayer and solidarity at the Colleyville synagogue standoff

By Omar Suleiman — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — At the request of his editors, our columnist writes about waiting with hostages’ families.

As rabbi was held hostage, interfaith colleagues gathered to help end the standoff

By Yonat Shimron — January 16, 2022
(RNS) — The congregation’s rabbi is particularly well connected to the larger interfaith community and on good terms with many Muslim leaders.

Yes, this was about the Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 16, 2022
(RNS) — Don’t gaslight the Jews. We know exactly what happened in Colleyville.

African American Muslims among those targeted by anti-Muslim group

By Joseph Hammond — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — The Council on Islamic Relations is claiming the Investigative Project on Terrorism targeted African American Muslims through a multi-year effort.
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