July 26, 2017

LI Interfaith Candlelight Vigil Calls for Peace, Tolerance

(Photo by ViewsWeek)

Participants of an interfaith candlelight vigil at the Nassau County executive building in Minneola, Long Island, call for peace and tolerance, and pray for the safety and security of all Americans. Read More »

Faith Groups in Unprecedented Push for Climate Action

EcoSikh climate march in Rome. (Photo via ecosikh.org)

Religious leaders put their spiritual weight behind climate change. Read More »

Fear, Inc. 2.0

(Photo by John Sargent, Creative Commons License)

The Islamophobia network has launched a variety of attacks on the American Muslim community during the past several years, but there has been a rise in religious and interfaith groups pushing back against Islamophobia, says a new report by Center for American Progress. Read More »

Crimea’s Vanishing Religious Communities

A church in Oreanda, Crimea. (Photo by Анатолий Крайников, Creative Commons License)

Re-registration requirements and other red tape are driving out priests, nuns, even visiting imams. Read More »

Europe and Muslims

Central Mosque Trust at Regent's Park in London. Chris Goldberg

Far-right parties in European countries are increasing their share of votes and becoming more influential in the decision-making processes. Read More »

Europe’s Coming Battle

An anti-Muslim protest of Pegida movement in Berlin on January 12, 2015. (Photo by greeny thekid, Creative Commons License)

Forget the false frame of the West versus Islam. It’s not historically or conceptually accurate, and the two are basically on the same side against the crimes of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. The real battle is over the soul of Europe. And the far right is rallying like it’s 1099. Read More »

Pope Francis: Back to the Middle East

Pope Francis (L) and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians demanded an end to persecution of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for dialogue with Muslims, ending Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey. (Photo by Selahattin Sevi, via Today's Zaman)

Pope Francis is desperately attempting to preserve Christianity as a viable faith in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He realizes that it is vital that he and Christians have the support of the Turkish government and its Islamist president in this endeavor. Read More »

Chinese Salafism and the Saudi Connection

A Chinese Muslims headed  to the Xi'an mosque in Shaanxi province. (Photo by  Pollenoid, Creative Commons License)

In China, the Hui Salafi sect, and its links with Saudi Arabia, have a long and complex history. Read More »

Fasting Smart in Ramadan

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With Muslim holy month half complete, so are energy levels. Food during Ramadan can be both a virtue and vice. Fasting individuals need to eat the right food to keep themselves full and fit Read More »

Remains of Hate in Sri Lanka

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Many Sri Lankans do not recognize the extremist Bodu Bala Sena as embodying Buddhist values at all, but they are increasingly unwilling to speak out about their opposition to it. The only punitive action seems to have come from Facebook, which took the BBS page offline after a flood of complaints. Read More »