May 21, during his first trip abroad as US president, Donald Trump spoke to Saudi Arabian leaders about their shared burden of rooting out “Islamic extremism.” Many watching anxiously awaited to see what terminology the president would use to refer to religiously-motivated terrorism. Trump had previously criticized President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for their refusal to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” but declined to use the term himself Read more about In Riyadh Speech, Shift in Trump’s Tone on Islam
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.
This December, two Brisbane, Australia religious groups shared a common worship space.
As part of their annual Christmas outreach program, Brisbane, Australia-based ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invited members of a local mosque to tour their house of worship. When it was time for the group of Muslim worshipers to engage in evening prayers, representatives of the Mormon ward provided them with a special room for prayer.
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.
Last Thursday, Salt Lake City, Utah, was filled with the sound of Native tribal drums. The music provided the soundtrack to a procession that kicked off the 5th Parliament of the World’s Religions. Referred to by some as “the Olympics of religion,” the Parliament is the oldest interfaith gathering in the world. This year’s Parliament outdid itself in terms of participants, volunteers, and diversity; among the nearly 10,000 participants, Read more about “Best Ever” Parliament of World’s Religions Addresses Climate Justice
The rector of Paris’ Grand Mosque prompted fury and a viral petition when he casually suggested last week that empty churches be converted into mosques, to meet the needs of France’s 5 million Muslims.
Noting that a community that size requires about 4,000 mosques, compared to the 2,000 in France today, Dalil Boubakeur remarked that perhaps unused churches could be converted, reasoning “It’s the same God, the rites are like neighbors or brothers.”
Last Sunday, June 21, Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi joined a record-setting number of people around the world to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga. After Modi proposed the celebration to the United Nations General Assembly last year, 170 countries signed on as co-sponsors, hosting public yoga lessons from New York’s Times Square to Seoul.
Hindu nationalist parties’ recent efforts to spread yoga within India, however, and Modi’s ties to such parties, have caused alarm among India’s religious minorities, especially Muslims, who fear that the country is losing its Read more about How Hindu is Yoga?
Religious Literacy Project director Diane Moore appeared on New York's The Takeaway, with John Hockenberry, discussing NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio's decision to include the Muslim holidays on the public school calendar. Students will now take off for Eid al-Fitr--the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan--and Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. An estimated 10% of New York City students are Muslim.
Pai Soe of the Religion News Service reports on efforts at reintegration between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar, where intercommunal violence has resulted in the deaths of hundreds and displacement of thousands.
In the week since Craig Hicks, an avowed anti-theist, took the lives of three Muslim students in North Carolina in what has been described as a conflict over a “parking dispute,” a complicated picture of both the crime and public response has emerged—and many continue to reflect on the state of equal treatment in journalism, if not the law.