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California senator announces bill to protect religious practices of incarcerated individuals

By Alejandra Molina — February 6, 2023
(RNS) — Backers of the bill say that allowing religious detainees and prisoners to wear religious garb does not constitute 'coddling' them.
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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 court ruling, Sikh recruits can attend USMC training while keeping beards and turbans

By Alejandra Molina — December 23, 2022
(RNS) — 'No one should have to choose between serving God and country,' said Eric Baxter, an attorney with a religious liberty legal group that is representing the Sikh recruits.

The most intriguing books on religion we read in 2022

By RNS staff — December 21, 2022
(RNS) — Pushing the boundaries of what faith can and should be, this year’s best religion and spirituality reads offer everything except predictability.

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.

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.

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.

In Sikh founder’s life, a model for letting justice guide our democracy

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 8, 2022
(RNS) — How the life of my faith’s founder and the civic values of Election Day are connected.

Diwali: A celebration of the goddess Lakshmi, and her promise of prosperity and good fortune

By Jeffery D. Long — October 25, 2022
(The Conversation) — Shri is the earliest name given to the goddess Lakshmi in Hindu texts. The word originally meant splendor and refers to all that is auspicious.

‘It’s about time’: Celebrations of Diwali illuminate NYC

By Mallika Sen — October 25, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — The multi-day festival has secured a sturdy foothold in places with significant diaspora populations — like New York.

Man convicted in death of Texas agency’s 1st Sikh deputy

By Associated Press — October 18, 2022
HOUSTON (AP) — A jury took less than 30 minutes before finding Robert Solis, 50, guilty.

The silence of the witnesses hurt more than the shouted bigotry

By Tarunjit Singh Butalia — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — Suggestions for what to do when you encounter someone being harassed.

DEI is more than race and gender. It’s faith, too.

By Khyati Y. Joshi — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — People of different faiths shouldn’t have to miss important work events to celebrate their holidays.
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