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Unitarian Universalists Denounce White Supremacy, Make Leadership Changes

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:28 -0400

The Unitarian Universalists are among the most liberal of all religious denominations in America. Activists have denounced what they see as white supremacy in the church and are changing leadership.



Barbershop: Reflections On A Particularly Difficult Ramadan

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:28 -0400

In anticipation for Eid, U.S. Representative André Carson, D-Ind., Buzzfeed News reporter Hannah Allam and CAIR Executive Director for the Cleveland chapter Julia Shearson look back at this Ramadan.



Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:36:00 -0400

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."



Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:23:32 -0400

After publishing the book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. Rather than ignore the case, she chose to fight it — and won.



Israeli Judge Says Airlines Can't Reseat Women At Request Of Men

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:33:00 -0400

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men sometimes refuse to sit next to women — including on planes. Now an Israeli court says airlines cannot ask a person to change seats based on gender.



Church Of England 'Colluded And Concealed' Bishop's Sex Abuse, Leader Says

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:26:00 -0400

The archbishop of Canterbury offered "an unreserved apology" for how the church handled a bishop's crimes against young men. The apology followed the release of a "harrowing" report on the incidents.



ISIS Destroys Ancient Mosque And Minaret In Iraqi City Of Mosul

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Iraq's military said ISIS destroyed the 12th century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City, where ISIS fighters remain. Allied forces are trying to recapture the last of the city.



Virginia Community Mourns Muslim Teen Killed On Her Way To Mosque

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:05:00 -0400

Mourners packed a mosque in Sterling, Va., Wednesday for the funeral of Nabra Hassanen. The 17-year-old was killed early Sunday as she returned to the mosque after a pre-dawn meal with friends.



Disney Is Taking Stereotypes And Diversity Seriously, Or Is It?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

From "Moana" to "Beauty and the Beast" and "Zootopia," new Disney films for children are becoming more inclusive and questioning of racial and gender stereotypes. A look at new Disney films, stereotypes, representation and diversity.



History Of Our Time: Is Islam Compatible With Democracy?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Shadi Hamid, author of Islamic Exceptionalism, argues many Muslims support a religious-dominated government, but that doesn't equal violence. Steve Inskeep talks to Hamid about Islam and democracy.



When Is It 'Terrorism'? How The Media Cover Attacks By Muslim Perpetrators

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:01:00 -0400

In the last five years, 12 percent of terrorist attacks in the U.S. were carried out by Muslims and more than 50 percent by far right extremists. So why the media focus on "Islamic terrorism"?



Big Tent Revival: Southern Baptists Challenge A Racist History

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:06:30 -0400

The Southern Baptist Convention has officially denounced white nationalism. What does this tell us about today's evangelicals?



In Salt Lake City You'll Find Mormons Who Meditate

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:15:39 -0400

A community in Salt Lake City is showing that the Mormon culture might also be fertile soil for Buddhist mindfulness. It's working for both observant Mormons and those who've left the faith.



Lyle Jeffs, Polygamist Accused Of Fraud, Arrested After Nearly A Year On The Run

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:14:00 -0400

Jeffs, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was indicted last year on charges of food stamp fraud and money laundering. He gave the FBI the slip last June.



Southern Baptist Convention Votes To Condemn White Supremacy

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:12:00 -0400

Members of the denomination criticized an earlier decision not to vote on the resolution while condemnations of gambling and Planned Parenthood were considered and approved.