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Sheikh Hamza Yusuf will be joining the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights. Video screenshot

Need to know: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Concerns about Commission

Muslim scholar catches flak for serving on new State Department rights panel

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, one of the world’s most prominent Islamic scholars, is drawing criticism from some Muslims for his participation in the State Department’s newly announced Commission on Unalienable Rights. More from Religion News Service

Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Awaiting trial for breaking into a nuclear base, 7 Catholic activists are unrepentant

At a time when many faith-based social activists have moved on to other issues, seven Catholic pacifists aim to draw attention to the most ominous threat facing civilization: the risk of global nuclear annihilation. More from Religion News Service

Civic Religious Discourse

Watching the rise of the religious left on 1970s TV

In a new book, religion scholar L. Benjamin Rolsky looks at the history of the religious left from the unusual perspective of 'All in the Family' and its creator, Norman Lear. More from Religion News Service

Future of the Faith

Jains gather in California with the next generation on their minds

The ancient Indian faith has seen tremendous growth in the U.S. over the past two decades, largely through immigration. Now the challenge is sustaining the faith's numbers among millennials and Gen Z. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

Maggots may be a deus ex machina to save us from global warming

The larvae of the black soldier fly not only help eliminate greenhouse gases, they become protein that, when roasted, can be used as feed for animals, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

Public Policy and Apparel

Western governments are telling Muslim women not to cover up

State secularism and personal freedom clash over the hijab and the burkini. More from The Economist




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