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    American Muslims are not going to let their faith be defined by ISIS, says Hoda Elshishtawy, national policy analyst for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “Islam is about life, human rights, dignity, justice. Muslims are taking back that narrative.” More

    February 27, 2015 | Comments

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    Cows are considered sacred by Hindus in India. They were the favorite animal of Lord Krishna, and they serve as a symbol of wealth, strength, and abundance. But people who want to protect these creatures must also deal with those who think cows are little more than a nuisance. More

    February 27, 2015 | Comments

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    More and more Orthodox Jewish women are celebrating Purim by taking the lead in reading aloud to other women the heroic story of a queen and her people in the Book of Esther. More

    February 27, 2015 | Comments

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    Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council on terrorism, religion, and violent extremism; more of our conversation with the former chief rabbi of the UK; and churches talk theology and worship with beer on tap More

    February 20, 2015 | Comments

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    “There’s a sense of fear in the American Muslim community that they’re being singled out,” says Haris Tarin, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Washington office. He also said President Obama’s remarks at the summit helped alleviate some of those concerns. “He talked about the fact that Islam is not the problem. It’s terrorism that’s a human problem.” More

    February 20, 2015 | Comments

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    “Religion and science are two quite different things and we need them both. Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean.” More

    February 20, 2015 | Comments

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    Rev. Phillip Heinze says when he realized that for some people the most difficult thing is walking through the doors of a church, he decided to “try a new church in a place that’s not so scary.” More

    February 20, 2015 | Comments

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    A United Methodist church in Brooklyn offers an award for the best explanation of why the U.S. economy is doing so poorly; Britain’s former chief rabbi leads a global effort against religious extremism and violence; and Tibetan Buddhists make their spiritual preparations for the new year, the Year of the Sheep. More

    February 13, 2015 | Comments

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    “To me, the idea of a church offering an economic well-being award makes perfect sense,” says Bay Ridge United Methodist Church pastor Robert Emerick. The idea of offering a prize for the best explanation about why the economy is doing so poorly compared to a generation ago started when Rev. Emerick felt overwhelmed by the competing claims of politicians during the recent mid-term elections. “It seemed to me as a Christian minister that I needed to know whether the claims were true or false,” he says. More

    February 13, 2015 | Comments

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    “There’s no quick fix here. You don’t suddenly turn radicals into moderates. You have to educate a generation.” More

    February 13, 2015 | Comments