NEW YORK (RNS) — An Iranian-American interfaith activist and businessman is looking to unite the Muslim and Jewish communities by producing meats that satisfy both faiths' dietary laws.
(RNS) — Muslim prisoners say the Arkansas Department of Correction requires them to attend a combined Friday prayer service with members of the Nation of Islam and Nation of Gods and Earths.
PARIS (RNS) — A ban on slaughtering livestock without stunning them first is seen as a direct attack on kosher and halal practices.
SEOUL, South Korea (RNS) — After a sharp decline in Chinese visitors, South Korea is adding halal restaurants and providing prayer rooms in a government-led effort to attract more Muslim tourists.
(The Conversation) — When Muslims break their fast during Ramadan, many will only choose foods that are considered permissible under Islamic law. The Arabic word for such food is “halal.”
(RNS) — The owner of the franchises, a Muslim, sued KFC arguing that the chain had initially agreed to allow him to advertise that his chicken met the Islamically approved slaughter requirements.
(USA Today) — While the claimants say their beliefs were violated, the restaurants say the bacon placement was not intentional.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The mostly Christian country is home to a modest 100 halal-compliant food industry businesses, offering Muslims a choice of offerings and convenience, but that market may be growing.
(RNS) 'Being a vegetarian and being in a Muslim society is almost like it's contradictory,' said one young Muslim. 'And I'm still not exactly sure why.'
Katy Perry destroys “Allah” in a music video, then dissolves the incident completely amid backlash. Brunei bans non-Muslims from using “Allah” and 18 other holy words. And Tom DeLay tells us Allah, A.K.A. God, wrote the Constitution. S/he just never got around to signing it.
COPENHAGEN Denmark (RNS) The Danish government approved a measure earlier this month forbidding poultry and livestock to be killed without being stunned first. But Jewish and Muslim customs require animals to be conscious when killed.
Valentine’s Day courts controversy in Tajikistan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Indonesia. A flurry of states debate same-sex love and marriage. And a publisher in India pulls a prominent book on Hinduism after religious feelings are hurt. Don’t go breaking my heart.
Faith leaders attack France’s secularism. French bishops decide the Lord’s Prayer is blasphemous. And an Israeli politician tells mohels they might soon need to perform circumcisions at embassies in Europe.
Blasphemy rights and wrongs. A religious group in Kansas tries to censor a sexting statue. And the British government is sued for feeding Muslim inmates pork-laced pies.
Welcome to the first installment of Religious Freedom Roundup, our weekly recap of top stories and developments on freedom of religion around the world.
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