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Black Evangelical Amisho Baraka: Why I'm Not Voting For Trump Or Clinton

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:56:00 -0400

Morning Edition's David Greene talks to Christian rapper Amisho Baraka, who says that as a black evangelical, he's not comfortable supporting either party's presidential candidate.

In Indiana, The Last Remnants Of America's Free African-American Settlements

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

Lyles Station has been a black-owned farming community since the 1800s. A small number still farm, and their story is told at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

Anti-Defamation League Steps Up Efforts To Combat Anti-Semitism Online

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:30:00 -0400

The Anti-Defamation League is hiring a Silicon Valley representative to lead efforts to combat anti-Semitism and other hate speech online, says CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

Once Opposed To Maternal Health, Islamic Scholars Become Champions

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:52:00 -0400

One Nigerian man saw a big problem in his community: too many women were dying in childbirth. So he turned to the region's Islamic leaders for help.

What Does Trump's Promise Of A Nation 'Under One God' Really Mean?

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Trump is promising if he's elected, America will be "one people, under one God, saluting one flag." That worries some advocates for religious freedom.

Trump's Vision: Uniting 'Under One God' Vs. Religious Freedom

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400

Donald Trump has been repeating the phrase "One people under one God." Critics say it could be interpreted as running counter to the American tradition of religious freedom.

Saudi Teen Launches Campaign For Hijab Emoji

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400

Fifteen-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi is on a mission to get a new emoji approved that looks like her: a woman wearing a head scarf.

After 100 Years, Yisrael Kristal Will Finally Get His Bar Mitzvah

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:18:00 -0400

Yisrael Kristal, the world's oldest man, was never bar mitzvahed. He was living in Poland when he turned 13. His coming-of-age ceremony was called off because of World War One.

VP Pick Tim Kaine's Stand On Abortion Is At Odds With Catholic Teachings

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:01:00 -0400

Sen. Kaine says his Catholic faith informs how he lives and the rules he follows. He tells Steve Inskeep he doesn't believe his job as a public official is to make others follow church teachings.

Police Charge Man With Arson At Mosque Attended By Orlando Gunman

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:20:00 -0400

In addition to surveillance video, police say an "examination of [Joseph Michael Schreiber's] social media account also shows multiple anti-Islamic posts and comments."

N.J. Church Group To Resettle Syrian Refugee Family With Special Needs

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:08:00 -0400

The group offered to help resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S., and members received a special case: a family of six with a father badly wounded. It's a yearlong commitment for the volunteers.

India's War On Biryani Mixes Caste, Religion, Cow-Avenging Vigilantes

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:28:00 -0400

In an effort to save the sacred cow, one Indian state is attacking biryani, the much-loved rice and meat dish. The police are collecting biryani from homes and shops to test if it contains beef.

PHOTOS: Muslim Hajj Pilgrimage Reaches Its Pinnacle

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:02:00 -0400

More than a million Muslims have embarked on the yearly hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, after last year's holy event was marred by a deadly stampede that killed hundreds and stoked regional tensions.

In Fight Against Islamophobia, Muslim Americans Focus On The Ballot Box

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:39:00 -0400

After three Muslims were killed recently in Queens, community leaders in New York and elsewhere say Islamophobia is at a high, even 15 years after Sept. 11. Their solution: getting out the vote.

Evangelical Gathering A Sign Conservative Christians Slow To Embrace Trump

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:27:00 -0400

The Republican nominee addressed the annual Values Voter Summit occurring this weekend in Washington, D.C. He was not among the top few primary candidates preferred by conservative Christian voters.