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Gallup: Fewer than half of Americans belong to a church or other house of worship

By Bob Smietana — March 29, 2021
(RNS) — While Americans still believe in God, a growing number have dropped out of organized religion.

Barack Obama’s beloved step-grandmother, a Muslim and philanthropist, dies in Kenya at 99

By Fredrick Nzwili — March 29, 2021
(RNS) — The family matriarch and celebrated philanthropist was open to all faiths, religious leaders here have said.

Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 20 wounded

By Yusuf Wahil, Niniek Karmini — March 29, 2021
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — Two attackers believed to belong to a network that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State blew themselves up outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during a Palm Sunday Mass.

The religious foundations of Arab-Israel peace

By David Rosen — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — If we aspire to forge truly sustainable peace between people, we must also invoke the values and identities by which they define their lives.

After being detained in China, one LA resident began a Uyghur restaurant to educate through food

By Joseph Hammond — March 25, 2021
ALHAMBRA, Calif. (RNS) — A large mural depicting Uyghur culture sits above an outside dining area with the ready-made social-media hashtag #GoogleUyghurs in one corner.

Muslim groups mourn and raise money for Colorado shooting victims

By Alejandra Molina — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — As further details about the suspect began to emerge, many expressed concern and fear over ramped-up Islamophobia.

Colorado shooting suspect had worried about being targeted for his Muslim faith, acquaintances say

By Alejandra Molina — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — As of Tuesday afternoon, investigators had not established a motive, but authorities believed Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was the only shooter, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.

Tanzania’s first female president takes office, breaking new ground for women in hijab

By Joseph Hammond — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — Samia Suluhu Hassan is the second Muslim woman who wears hijab to become president of a country in which Muslims are a minority.

Meet Bushra Amiwala: The US’ youngest elected Muslim officeholder

By Joseph Hammond — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — Amiwala's age and status as the youngest elected Muslim official and the only one wearing a hijab in the state of Illinois have brought her fame not normally associated with being elected to a school board.

Fauci and Collins join interfaith leaders at cathedral vaccine ‘confidence event’

By Adelle M. Banks — March 17, 2021
(RNS) — A couple dozen religious leaders — of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths — received their shots from local health officials at the Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday.

Insta-Famous: Nadirah Pierre’s satire draws on the Black Muslim experience

By Joseph Hammond — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — Relationships, marriage, body positivism, hijab — they're all fair game for the Haitian American's outspoken style and bold videos.

Riz Ahmed first Muslim nominated for Best Actor Oscar

By Joseph Hammond — March 15, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Ahmed’s nomination comes for his turn in 'Sound of Metal' as a drummer in a heavy-metal duo who grapples with increased hearing loss.

Across Africa, hijab in schools divides Christians and Muslims

By Fredrick Nzwili — March 15, 2021
(RNS) — Some religious experts believe hijab should be banned from schools to create a learning environment free of religious influences.

Report: Biden mulls appointing first-ever Muslim federal judge

By Joseph Hammond — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — Qureshi was previously nominated for a district court seat by then-President Barack Obama in 2016.

“Allergic to religion”: Conservative politics can push people out of the pews, new study shows

By Jana Riess — March 12, 2021
Various studies have argued that one reason for the rapid rise of the "nones" may be a backlash against the actions of the Religious Right. Three political scientists have now proved that there's a direct connection.
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