Islam

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.

Progressive Religion at the Democratic National Convention

Progressive Religion at the Democratic National Convention

August 2, 2016

Last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

Clinton is the first woman to receive the presidential nomination for a major party in the United States. Pundits have described this year’s election as particularly momentous for women’s rights in America, but the Democratic Party’s move toward gender parity is just one way in which they attempted to emphasize diversity and inclusion throughout last week’s Convention.

Religious Voices of the Republican National Convention

Religious Voices of the Republican National Convention

July 25, 2016

Last week, politicians, pundits, pastors, and protestors gathered in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

The Convention’s purpose is to allow the Republican Party to nominate an official candidate for the upcoming presidential election. Because Donald Trump was the presumptive nominee, the event’s speakers focused heavily on the personage of Trump himself, who accepted the official nomination Thursday.

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