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Now more than ever: Let’s get the Equal Rights Amendment finalized

By Ani Zonneveld, Lisa Sharon Harper, Mary E. Hunt, Valarie Kaur, Sharon Brous, and Allyson McKinney Timm — August 26, 2022
(RNS) — As women of faith, we are committed to the common task of making the ERA the law of the land.

Turkish pop star jailed over joke about religious schools

By Associated Press — August 26, 2022
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish singer and songwriter Gulsen was arrested on Thursday on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” for a joke she made at an Istanbul concert in April, sparking outrage on social media.

My sister is in an Iranian prison for the 4th time

By Iraj Kamalabadi — August 25, 2022
(RNS) — In all instances, she has been innocent of any crime. She is, however, a Baha’i.

Oz’s Senate bid could be a Muslim first but is ‘complicated’

By Marc Levy — August 25, 2022
(AP) – Dr. Mehmet Oz, who calls himself a “secular Muslim," would be the first of his faith to ever serve in the U.S. Senate chamber if elected this fall.

Officials: Landslide at Shiite shrine in Iraq kills 8

By Associated Press — August 22, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi officials say a landslide collapsed the ceiling of a Shiite shrine near the holy city of Karbala, killing at least seven people.

‘God is life,’ Rabbi Yonatan Neril on ecological conversion and the war in Ukraine

By Marika Proctor — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — Rabbi Yonatan Neril is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development — a Jerusalem-based nonprofit engaged in revealing the connection between religion and ecology worldwide.

Police: Death toll in Afghan capital mosque bombing now 21

By Rahim Faiez and Ebrahim Noroozi — August 19, 2022
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The mosque bombing comes just two days after the anniversary of the fall of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021.

Confronting anti-Shia hate is necessary to prevent killings like Albuquerque’s

By Faiyaz Jaffer — August 18, 2022
(RNS) — Shia Muslims often feel isolation and vulnerability in a world where we struggle to find a sense of belonging.

Suspect in New Mexico Muslim killings detained pending trial

By Susan Montoya Bryan — August 18, 2022
(AP) – The primary suspect in the New Mexico shooting deaths of two Muslim men is being held without bond pending trial as prosecutors say he is a danger to his own family and the greater community.

Mideast’s Jordan River: Rich in holiness, poor in water

By Mariam Fam — August 18, 2022
(AP) – The symbolically and spiritually significant Jordan River is physically dwindling, a decline that some say is intertwined with the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict and a rivalry over the precious water.

Bombing at Kabul mosque kills 10, including prominent cleric

By Rahim Faiez and Ebrahim Noroozi — August 17, 2022
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Italian Emergency hospital in Kabul said that at least 27 wounded civilians, including five children, were brought there from the site of the bomb blast.

Attack on Rushdie shows divisions among Lebanese Shiites

By Bassem Mroue — August 17, 2022
BEIRUT (AP) — The religious edict, or fatwa, urging Muslims to kill Rushdie was issued in 1989 by Iran's then-spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who accused the author of blasphemy for his portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad in the novel 'The Satanic Verses.'

Thailand’s restive south hit by wave of arson and bombings

By Sumeth Panpetch — August 17, 2022
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Muslim residents have long charged they are treated like second-class citizens in Thailand, and separatist movements have been periodically active for decades. Heavy-handed crackdowns have fueled the discontent.

Interfaith summit dreams of America as a potluck, not a battlefield

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Hundreds of interfaith campus leaders gathered in Chicago to reimagine America as a potluck, where everyone is welcome — rather than a melting pot.

What stabbed Salman Rushdie?

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — This was not only an attack on an author. It was an attack on culture and civilization itself.
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