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Muslim Pro, a popular prayer app, stops providing user data to firm selling to US military

By Aysha Khan — November 18, 2020

(RNS) — An investigation by Vice News found that two Muslim lifestyle apps were among hundreds of smartphone apps whose users’ location data has been sold to companies passing data on to military contractors.

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Anxiety, loneliness and spiritual isolation characterize life in prison during pandemic

By Lyra Walsh Fuchs — November 10, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — Religious practices of all sorts are fixtures of community for those inside — and all have been stymied by the pandemic lockdowns.

Muslim voters doubled their turnout, turning a much-watched minority into an influential one

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — Many groups have made significant gains in their ability to deliver the vote in 2020, perhaps the most influential of which is the Muslim American bloc.

Across America, Muslims are becoming a fixture on the disaster relief landscape

By Aysha Khan — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — Muslim American philanthropies are increasingly turning their volunteer efforts to emergency relief projects in the U.S.

‘It took a long time to get here’: Mauree Turner becomes Oklahoma’s first Muslim lawmaker

By Alejandra Molina — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — The 27-year-old Black, nonbinary community organizer said she has heard from many who ‘didn’t feel like they had a place in politics.’

Exit polls show few changes in the religious vote

By Yonat Shimron — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — Support for President Donald Trump among white evangelicals remained constant. Catholics split their vote. And non-Christians voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden.

Five states elect first-ever Muslim lawmakers, from Oklahoma to Delaware

By Aysha Khan — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — On Tuesday, voters in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Oklahoma and Wisconsin all elected their state legislatures’ first-ever Muslim lawmakers.

7 religious voter trends to look for on Election Day

By Jack Jenkins — November 2, 2020

(RNS) — How and where faith-oriented voters could swing the vote.

Election stress? Check out these spiritual self-care activities designed for the day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 2, 2020

(RNS) — Take a break from ‘doomscrolling’ and join a prayer vigil, a guided meditation, a poetry reading or even a sing-along.

For whom the bell tolls: COVID-19 deaths recalled with church bell, vigils, services

By Adelle M. Banks — October 30, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The bell has no words,’ said a pastor whose church bell is sounding through All Saints’ Day. ‘This will transcend dogma, denomination, religion, politics.’

After Nice attacks, Pope Francis and French Catholics call for peace with Muslims

By Claire Giangravé — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The Catholic community in France must not give in to sterile anger,’ said one French lay church leader, ‘but must also have the courage to name and denounce evil.’

3 dead in attack at French church; country on high alert

By Lori Hinnant — October 29, 2020

PARIS (AP) — It was the third attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists.

Taco trucks and voter guides boost political profiles of faith communities at the margins

By Alejandra Molina — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — Civic engagement, said one activist, humanizes minority faith groups in the eyes of the rest of the electorate.

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