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Justices rule Muslim men can sue FBI agents over no-fly list

By Mark Sherman — December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ruling continues a string of decisions friendly to religious interests under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or the Constitution’s guarantee of religious liberty.

Religious, ethnic minorities grapple over California’s model ethnic studies curriculum

By Alejandra Molina — December 4, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The curriculum, originally designed to center Chicanos and Latino Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans, has become beset with arguments about who else should be represented.

Marvel’s Muslim superhero, Kamala Khan, inspires big hopes

By Saffiya Hosein — December 1, 2020

(The Conversation) — Kamala may be the most intriguing American Muslim superhero, with an ability to destabilize stereotypes while reinforcing ideas about American exceptionalism.

How a Supreme Court bent on protecting religion could harm it

By Benjamin Spratt, Joshua Stanton — December 1, 2020

(RNS) — Even if the Supreme Court allows church and synagogue doors to remain open, it cannot fill the pews.

Faith leaders pair with health officials to save India’s largest slum from COVID-19

By Priyadarshini Sen — December 1, 2020

(RNS) — The densely populated shantytown was the most vulnerable spot for the virus to spread, but Dharavi’s rate of infection is down to 11 cases a day.

Clashes with cleric’s supporters kill 5 in southern Iraq

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra — November 28, 2020

BAGHDAD (AP) — Following the clashes beginning on Friday, Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr’s supporters stormed Haboubi square, and torched tents pitched in the square.

RNS holiday gift guide 2020: Puzzles, prayer cards and more gifts for staying in

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — Religion News Service is bringing back our holiday gift guide, full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

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.

Muslim, Sikh and Jewish groups seek inclusion in California’s new ethnic studies curriculum

By Alejandra Molina — November 18, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The model curriculum for high schoolers focuses on Chicanos and Latino Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Moving past inshallah: What Muslims want to see in a Biden presidency

By Omar Suleiman — November 12, 2020

(RNS) — For the last 20 years, American Muslims have been on a cruel roller coaster ride with presidential candidates and the two major political parties in general.

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.

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