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Rainbow struggle playing out on sidelines of World Cup

By Mariam Fam — November 26, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The emirate, where gay sex is illegal, faced intense scrutiny in the run-up to the tournament regarding the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ visitors.
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Trial resumes for suspects in 2015 Bangkok shrine bombing

By Tassanee Vejpongsa — November 22, 2022
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Tuesday resumed the long-delayed trial of two members of China's Muslim Uyghur minority accused of carrying out a 2015 bombing at a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people.

RNS holiday gift guide 2022: Ideas for the kids, adults and Pastafarians on your list

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Because not everybody celebrates a religious holiday in December, but everybody loves presents.

Black museum religion exhibit features Little Richard’s Bible, Rev. Ike’s suit

By Adelle M. Banks — November 18, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The first special exhibition to focus specifically on religion since the museum opened includes photos and artifacts accompanied by quotations of famous African Americans.

Qatar bans sale of beer at World Cup stadiums in about-face

By Graham Dunbar — November 18, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar banned the sale of beer at World Cup stadiums on Friday, a sudden U-turn on the deal it made to secure the soccer tournament — only two days before the opening game.

Culture clash? Conservative Qatar preps for World Cup party

By Isabel Debre — November 17, 2022
(AP) — A clash of values has already erupted in Qatar, a conservative Muslim emirate that restricts alcohol, bans drugs and suppresses free speech, as it prepares to welcome possibly rowdy crowds for the first World Cup in the Middle East.

Veterans, Muslim and Jewish groups file support for Sikh recruits suing Marine Corps

By Alejandra Molina — November 16, 2022
(RNS) — Sikhs who serve in the Marine Corps can keep their beards and unshorn hair while on duty but are forbidden from doing so during combat deployment and in the course of boot camp.

Muslim Americans make historic gains in 2022 midterm elections

By Alejandra Molina — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — 'When Muslims run for office today, in 2022 and beyond, … it's rewarded by voters,' said Mohammed Missouri, executive director of Jetpac, a nonprofit that works to increase Muslim representation in US government and politics.

Religious groups with immigrant members grew fastest over past decade

By Yonat Shimron — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — A decennial study of US religious life shows that the number of participants in congregational services has not kept up with the overall population growth. But religious groups drawing large numbers of immigrants have seen steady growth.

Does education ‘cure’ people of faith? The data says no

By Ryan Burge — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — Despite a long-standing biased assumption among many that the uneducated cling to religion, studies show people with higher degrees are most likely to be religious.

Oregon interfaith leaders declare win in vote to tighten gun control

By Alejandra Molina — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — The gun safety initiative in Oregon would ban the sale of magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds and would require permits and firearm safety courses to purchase any gun.

In run-up to midterms, Muslim groups, mosques push for voter engagement

By Alejandra Molina — November 5, 2022
(RNS) — 'The local work is allowing us to expand voting rights so more people can vote for our candidates,' said Nada Al-Hanooti, executive director of Emgage’s Michigan chapter.

Christian monastery, possibly pre-dating Islam, found in UAE

By Jon Gambrell — November 4, 2022
(RNS) — The two monasteries became lost to history in the sands of time as scholars believe Christians slowly converted to Islam as that faith grew more prevalent in the region.
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