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Protesters gather with signs at March for Science

At March for Science, Debate Over Anti-Evolutionists

April 27, 2017

Last Saturday, tens of thousands gathered in cities around the world to advocate for the value and ongoing necessity of science for human progress.

With the largest group congregating on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March for Science protesters had a decidedly political aim: to speak out against “policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world.”

Gravestone

Muslim Americans Raise Funds for Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

February 28, 2017

After over 150 gravestones were vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri in mid-February, American Muslims have jumped to the Jewish community’s defense. In the wake of the vandalism, Muslim activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi set up a LaunchGood.com fundraiser to help the Chesed Shel Emeth Society restore the damaged gravestones.

Sikh U.S. Army captain wearing a camouflage turban

U.S. Army to Permit Religious Turbans, Beards, and Hijabs

January 15, 2017

The United States Army will now allow soldiers to wear turbans, hijabs, and other religious markers, according to a new policy issued last week.

The new uniform regulations come after years of petitions from Sikhs, whose religious beliefs mandate them to grow their hair long and keep their heads covered with a turban. Army grooming standards compelling men to be clean-shaven particularly restricted Sikh men from enlisting, because to do so would require them violate the precepts of their faith.

Little girl in swim cap leans on edge of pool

Swiss Court Rules Against Coed Swim Exemption for Muslim Girls

January 12, 2017

On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Switzerland’s public schools can enforce mandatory mixed-sex swim classes, even if parents object on religious grounds.

The ruling was the final step in a years-long legal battle waged by Turkish-Swiss couple Aziz Osmanoglu and Sehabat Kocabas. In 2008, when Osmanoglu and Kocabas’s daughters were 9 and 7, the couple refused to send them to mandatory school swim lessons.

Trump and Clinton debate on the big screen at a viewing party

After First Presidential Debate, Religious Voters React

September 29, 2016

On Monday, September 26, presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage in Hempstead, New York for their first one-on-one debate.

Although this week’s debate was the most-watched in U.S. history, pundits speculated that a large proportion of the 84 million viewers had already made up their minds about how to cast their vote this November.

Muslims Proclaim “ISIS Sucks!” in Chicago Billboard Campaign

Muslims Proclaim “ISIS Sucks!” in Chicago Billboard Campaign

August 11, 2016

American Muslims have a strong message for Chicago drivers: a new billboard off of I-294 in Illinois proclaims, “Hey ISIS, you suck! From: #ActualMuslims.”

The billboard is part of a broader campaign by Muslim PR organization Sound Vision to present a counter-narrative about Islam. Including a quote from the Quran reading “Life is sacred,” the billboard is designed to demonstrate to non-Muslim Americans that ISIS does not represent most Muslims’ values and beliefs.

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