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RNS Morning Report: Satanic Temple; Support After Suicide; Ramadan Dining Options

The Satanic Temple unveils its statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally for the First Amendment in Little Rock, Ark. The Satanic Temple wants to install the statue on Capitol grounds as a symbol for religious freedom after a monument of the biblical Ten Commandments was installed in 2017. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Need to know: Friday, April 26, 2019

The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS

The Satanic Temple says it was recently recognized as a church by the IRS. The group, which is nontheistic and argues religion can be 'divorced' from superstition, has said it should have the same rights and protections as other religious groups.

In a time of rising suicide, religious communities move beyond condemnation to care

Numerous faith traditions have a history of criticizing suicide as a sin. But some faith leaders are now working not only to offer those facing despair help in addressing the root causes of suicide but to remove the stigma that keeps so many suffering families quiet after the death of a loved one.

In D.C., a call for restaurants to give fasting Muslims an alternative to IHOP in Ramadan

In Dearborn, Mich., and other cities with large Muslim populations, many local restaurants have already realized that there is money to be made in remaining open all night for the suhoor and iftar meals.

Practitioners of Afro-Brazilian religions fear increasing intolerance under Bolsonaro

During his campaign, Brazil's new president unapologetically dismissed the concerns of Afro-Brazilian communities, announcing at one point, 'The state is Christian and the minority will have to change.'

How the ‘Harry Potter’ books are replacing the Bible as millennials’ foundational text

Engagement with the Potter texts online brought millions to the World Wide Web, which in turn has indelibly shaped our approach to self and belief, writes Tara Isabella Burton.

Unchecked ‘hate’ toward Rep. Ilhan Omar has American Muslims shuddering

While Rep. Omar's choice of words has caused some of her own Muslim constituents to describe her as anti-Semitic, many American Muslims across the country are worried that the ongoing criticism of Ms. Omar is being motived by racism and Islamophobia.

 

 

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