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In ‘Learning Our Names,’ Asian American Christian authors reclaim their stories

By Kathryn Post — September 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There’s a hyper visibility at times when you’re seen as a foreigner, and then there’s an invisibility when our stories aren’t acknowledged.’

‘Honk for Jesus’ provides an uncomfortable reflection of the Black church

By Candice Marie Benbow — September 4, 2022
(RNS) — Throughout the film and especially in the final scene, today’s Black church sees itself in all of its conflicting glory.

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.'

American Sikhs are targets of bigotry, often due to cultural ignorance

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — On the 10th anniversary of the Oak Creek massacre, a Sikh scholar writes that there is little understanding of the Sikh faith in the U.S.

Police break up Muslim gathering in Kashmir, dozens detained

By Associated Press — August 9, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Muharram is among the holiest months for Shiites across the world and includes large processions of mourners beating their chests while reciting elegies and chanting slogans to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein and 72 companions in the battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq.

Albuquerque killings send fear through Islamic communities

By Mariam Fam and Stefanie Dazio — August 8, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Earlier this week, police confirmed that local detectives and federal law enforcement officers were looking for possible ties among the separate crimes.

After Trump, Christian nationalist ideas are going mainstream – despite a history of violence

By Samuel Perry — August 5, 2022
(The Conversation) — Distrust of government blended with strains of Christian fundamentalism can produce a violent form of Christian nationalism, a scholar explains.

In Sri Lanka, Buddhist monks’ involvement in protests raises familiar questions

By Haley Barker — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — The connection between monks and political figures has reportedly diminished some monks’ respectability.

America’s original sin must be addressed, not ignored  

By Bridget Moix — August 3, 2022
(RNS) — The tragedy of slavery can never be erased or undone, but it must be addressed and atoned for on a national level.

The pope’s apology tour has some conspicuous gaps — let’s start with Junipero Serra

By Patty Krawec — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — Not too long ago, Francis rushed to canonize a man who perpetrated very similar harms.

The simple Sikh teaching that can inspire us to resist hating those who hate us

By Simran Jeet Singh — July 27, 2022
(RNS) — Guru Nanak teaches that when we practice seeing the good in one another, we enter into a positive loop.

There is a lot of antisemitic hate speech on social media – and algorithms are partly to blame

By Sabine von Mering and Monika Hübscher — July 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — Antisemitism today does not always appear in the form of traditional hate speech. It manifests in GIFs, memes, vlogs, comments and reactions on social media platforms.

At Indigenous church, Pope Francis lays out his vision for reconciliation in Canada

By Claire Giangravé — July 25, 2022
(RNS) — Pope Francis praised the work of local communities that help Indigenous 'side by side, day by day.'

Excavation of graves begins at site of colonial Black church

By Ben Finley — July 19, 2022
(AP) - If human remains are found in the plots that are being targeted, DNA tests and analyses of bones will be conducted, said Jack Gary, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of archaeology.

As states ban abortion, a new spotlight on an old battle over sex education

By Riley Farrell — July 14, 2022
(RNS) — Half of the states set to ban abortion have no mandate that schools teach sex education. Only four require curricula to address contraception.
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