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. Read more about Muslim Americans Raise Funds for Vandalized Jewish Cemetery
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. Read more about U.S. Army to Permit Religious Turbans, Beards, and Hijabs
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. Read more about Progressive Religion at the Democratic National Convention