Last week, New Jersey governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill banning child marriage without exception—a bill which would have been the first of its kind in the United States. Christie cited religious freedom as a key reason for his refusal to sign the bill.
Last Saturday, tens of thousands gathered in cities around the world to advocate for the value and ongoing necessity of science for human progress.
With the largest group congregating on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March for Science protesters had a decidedly political aim: to speak out against “policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Britain’s June vote to exit the European Union to Colombia’s recent rejection of a peace deal with the FARC guerilla movement, 2016 has seen a series of large-scale voting upsets with global consequences.
In a 2016 report on gender and religiosity, Pew Research Center published statistics suggesting that women’s religiosity outpaces men’s around the world.
The study spanned 7 years and included 84 countries. In an effort to get the most accurate understanding of women and men’s religious commitments, survey questions were tailored to reflect varying cultural practices and religious customs around the world and across traditions. Questions measured multiple facets of religious commitment,… Read more about Around the World, Women More Religious Than Men, Pew Reports
Last week, France’s highest court suspended a coastal village’s ban on burqa-compliant swimwear, ruling that the ban “dealt a serious and clearly illegal blow to fundamental liberties such as the freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and personal liberty.”