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Hindu Singer-Songwriter Ben Lee Releases Album on Islam

March 24, 2017

On March 3, award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Lee released an album that diverged significantly from his earlier work. In his self-explanatory new album “Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam for the Whole Family,” Lee branches into the world of child-friendly, educational music.

The album is just the beginning of a five-part project. Lee hopes to release an

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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.

Their objection was rooted in their Muslim faith. Although both girls were pre-pubescent and thus not yet beholden to the Quran’s requirements for

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White House Declines to Add Muslim Federal Holidays

White House Declines to Add Muslim Federal Holidays

December 14, 2015

After over 127,000 people signed an online government petition for the annual Muslim celebration Eid al-Fitr to be designated a federal holiday in the United States, the White House has declined the appeal.

While students whose families observe religious holidays outside the ten annual holidays that are recognized on the federal calendar are excused from school for celebrations, the petition, begun in September, emphasized the particular benefits afforded to

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Amidst Conflict, Israeli Bilingual School Unites Communities

Amidst Conflict, Israeli Bilingual School Unites Communities

November 12, 2015

In six elementary schools across Israel, the sounds of children speaking both Hebrew and Arabic can be heard throughout the halls. These schools, called Yad B’Yad—a phrase that means “hand in hand” in both Hebrew and Arabic—have, in many ways, a simple mission: “building shared society” between Jewish and Arab members of Israeli communities. However, in a nation that has been rife with enmity and conflict, many citizens feel that Yad B’Yad is breaking revolutionary ground.

“I am happy that I get to give this

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Buddhist Temples in Japan Replacing Statues with 3D Printed Replicas

Buddhist Temples in Japan Replacing Statues with 3D Printed Replicas

October 16, 2015

In Japan, what started as a high school project has turned into a national phenomenon.

In 2010, students in an Industrial Design course at Wakayama Technical High School in Japan began a collaborative project with a local school for the blind. They hypothesized that they could use a 3D printer to recreate famous Buddhist statues in durable, inexpensive plastic that would allow visually impaired worshippers to experience the statues through touch. They began to create a model of a 51cm Aizen Myo-o

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