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The Slingshot: Faking religion; Sanctuary mosques; Supremacist teacher

Need to know: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Does faking religion lead to depression?

Individuals who consider leaving a faith, but do not, tend to experience more depression than those who decide to leave, according to a new study.

Mosques consider sanctuary for immigrants

Muslims who want to offer their mosques as safe places for those who face deportation worry that anti-Muslim sentiment will defeat their purpose.

Florida public school teacher has a white nationalist podcast

Dayanna Volitich suggests Muslims be eradicated from the earth, believes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories ... and teaches middle school social studies.

Interfaith film misses Oscar, but raises hope in Africa

The film is helping to spread a message that many Africans say is too rarely heard: that people from different religious groups on the continent can be each other's heroes.

Christians are key to support for el-Sissi in upcoming Egypt election

Since Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took over Egypt's presidency four years ago, he has worked to improve life for Coptic Christians, giving them near equal rights and benefits as Muslims.

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Across the country, congregants have bought out theaters for screenings and dressed in their favorite African attire to see a superhero who looks like them.

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