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Islamic State claims church bombing in east Congo; 14 dead

By Associated Press — January 18, 2023
KASINDI, Congo (AP) — Islamic extremists claimed responsibility for a bombing of a church in eastern Congo as authorities said Monday that the toll from Sunday's attack had risen to at least 14 dead.

How New York has answered religiously motivated hate crime

By Tori Luecking — January 17, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — A wildly diverse city takes a multifaceted, interagency and interfaith approach to faith-based security efforts.

In LA, activists ‘summon spiritual energy’ to seek justice for Keenan Anderson

By Alejandra Molina — January 15, 2023
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A vigil on Saturday for Keenan Anderson was not a protest but a 'spiritual gathering,' said Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter.

CAIR says Hamline University teacher is not Islamophobic

By Yonat Shimron — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — The statement comes after CAIR's Minnesota chapter said the classroom viewing of a painting of the Prophet Muhammad was bigoted and disrespectful.

King scholar applies his philosophies of truth to a ‘post-truth age’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Dr. King argued that no religion has a monopoly on truth,’ said Lewis V. Baldwin, emeritus professor of religious studies at Vanderbilt University.

The role of Blackness in the Hamline Islamic art controversy 

By Kayla Renee Wheeler and Edward E. Curtis IV — January 12, 2023
(RNS) — We’ve heard little about the students who initiated the complaint and why they objected to a painting of the prophet.

Who says you can’t show students a portrait of Muhammad?

By Mark Silk — January 11, 2023
(RNS) — A multiple-choice quiz to help college administrators navigate religious freedom on campus.

CAIR MN backs student who says she was hurt by instructor showing image of Muhammad

By Yonat Shimron — January 11, 2023
(RNS) — At a press conference held by the Minneapolis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the student said she was shocked and pained by an art history instructor.

A restored medieval depiction of the Crusades shows how England embraced Islamic culture

By Menachem Wecker — January 10, 2023
(RNS) — Floor tiles from Chertsey Abbey in England, the subject of a new exhibition, resemble Muslim and Byzantine silks that crusaders brought back as souvenirs. 

PHOTO GALLERY: The history and diversity of African American religious rituals

By Adelle M. Banks — January 10, 2023
(RNS) — A new photo book from the National Museum of African American History and Culture explores Black history through its range of spiritual traditions.

Why a visit by Israel’s national security minister to Al-Aqsa Mosque caused a firestorm

By Daoud Kuttab — January 6, 2023
(RNS) — Israel must decide whether its future will be as a modern democracy or a theocracy. 

Palestinian backers and Israel at odds over holy site visit

By Edith M. Lederer — January 5, 2023
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Tuesday’s visit by Israel’s new National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site has fueled fears of unrest.

An image of the Prophet Muhammad ignites an academic storm

By Yonat Shimron — January 3, 2023
(RNS) — An instructor at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, showed a 14th-century painting of Muhammad. A Muslim student objected. The instructor was let go.

Congress’ new class has much higher percentage of Christians than American public

By Adelle M. Banks — January 3, 2023
(RNS) — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an independent from Arizona, remains the only member of the new Congress who uses the description of religiously unaffiliated.

What Pope Benedict got wrong about Islam

By Mark Silk — December 31, 2022
(RNS) — Not understanding Islamic theology was only part of it.
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