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In Los Angeles, spiritual convoy urges unity to preserve Apache sacred site Oak Flat

By Alejandra Molina — October 18, 2021
MALIBU, Calif. (RNS) — Apache Stronghold — a coalition of Apaches, other Native peoples and non-Native supporters seeking to preserve Oak Flat — gathered Sunday at the Wishtoyo Chumash Village in Malibu in Los Angeles County as part of a spiritual convoy to San Francisco.
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Why the Senate must fast-track Biden’s nominee on religious freedom

By David Curry — October 13, 2021
(Open Doors) — While Rashad Hussain’s confirmation waits, millions are persecuted for their faith.

The last casualty of 9/11: Speaking up for Muslim political prisoners

By Omar Suleiman — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — For two decades, Muslims' will to seek justice for political prisoners has been muted.

German city of Cologne permits broadcast of muezzin’s call

By Associated Press — October 11, 2021
Cologne mosques need to apply for a special permit in order to be able to broadcast the call. The initiative will be limited to two years and then be re-evaluated.

Michigan attorney is first Muslim Arab American woman to stand before Supreme Court

By Joseph Hammond — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — Fadwa Hammoud’s appearance at the Supreme Court is one of several important firsts for Muslims in the American legal system in recent months.

Thomas Jefferson’s Quran to visit Dubai Expo 2020

By Joseph Hammond — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — The historic English-language Quran has never traveled outside the United States.

Religions for Peace made history with its new leader. Then came historic challenges.

By Eric J. Lyman — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — Azza Karam is the first woman and first Muslim to head the international interfaith peace organization. Within months of her taking over, the world was in the grips of the coronavirus and a global recession.

Celebrate Facebook’s outage? Many faith communities couldn’t talk at all.

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — Facebook has been a catalyst for religious communities that aren’t defined geographically.

American Girl releases doll outfits for Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah celebrations

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — Happy Christmahanukwanzadan!

Muslims recall questionable detentions that followed 9/11

By Noreen Nasir — October 4, 2021
Even though 20 years have passed, several Muslim families still remember the treatment they underwent after the incident.

Sailors, Marines seek religious accommodation to wear beards

By Joseph Hammond — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — One Orthodox Jewish sailor and three Muslim sailors joined in a lawsuit alleging the Navy’s beard policy amounts to a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Study: Social hostility to religion declines, but government restrictions rise

By Yonat Shimron — September 30, 2021
(RNS) — Governments in more than 80% of the represented countries harassed religious groups in some way, though use of force was less common, a new Pew study found.

Vote over Muslim nominated by Biden stalled by GOP boycott

By Joseph Hammond — September 29, 2021
(RNS) — Republicans have failed to appear at confirmation hearings for a nominee who, if confirmed, would be the highest-ranking Muslim in the administration.
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