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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.

“Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration against the Chesed Shel Read more about Muslim Americans Raise Funds for Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

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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 Read more about Swiss Court Rules Against Coed Swim Exemption for Muslim Girls

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Prominent Advocacy Groups Form Muslim-Jewish Alliance

November 17, 2016

Less than one week after Donald Trump was elected President, two prominent Jewish and Muslim advocacy groups launched the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council to promote partnership and safety for American Jews and Muslims.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) have been planning the coalition for over a year, in response to a sharp increase in anti-Muslim sentiment Read more about Prominent Advocacy Groups Form Muslim-Jewish Alliance

Catholic Arab Wins Israel’s First Transgender Beauty Pageant

Catholic Arab Wins Israel’s First Transgender Beauty Pageant

June 1, 2016

Last week, a friendly competition in Tel Aviv, Israel brought together Christians, Orthodox Jews, and Muslims in ways that event coordinators believe showcased the groups’ potential for acceptance and coexistence. The event was the first of its kind: a transgender beauty pageant, held to kick off Tel Aviv’s LGBT Pride week.

Spectators packed Tel Aviv’s Bima National Theater Friday to cheer on the pageant’s 12 finalists, a group that included a Muslim belly dancer, a Catholic Arab ballerina, and an Orthodox Jewish baker.

The pageant was the result of years of work by Israeli Read more about Catholic Arab Wins Israel’s First Transgender Beauty Pageant

Easter Sunday Attack in Pakistan Targeted Religious Minorities

Easter Sunday Attack in Pakistan Targeted Religious Minorities

April 2, 2016

Last Sunday, a suicide bomber attacked the Gulshan-i-Iqbal park in Lahore, Pakistan, killing more than 70 people and injuring at least 300. 

The Jamaat ul-Ahrar extremist group—a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban—claimed responsibility for the attacks Sunday. Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the group, told The Washington Post that the bomber specifically intended to attack “Christians Read more about Easter Sunday Attack in Pakistan Targeted Religious Minorities

Professor Faces Termination for Views on Islam

Professor Faces Termination for Views on Islam

January 11, 2016

After a statement on her personal Facebook account that Christians and Muslims worship the same god, tenured professor Larycia Hawkins faces termination from Wheaton College.

Hawkins, who has been a professor of political science at the college for past nine years, observed last month’s Christmas advent season by wearing a hijab in “embodied solidarity” with Muslim women.

Remarking in her post that theoretical solidarity “is not solidarity at all,” Hawkins detailed the ethical motivations behind her Read more about Professor Faces Termination for Views on Islam

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

December 21, 2015

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. 

Ali Kadri, a representative of the Islamic Council of Queensland, posted pictures from the tour and praised the LDS hosts’ Read more about Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests