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July edition of The Interfaith Observer

July 15, 2013, The Interfaith Observer Welcoming LGBTQ Communities to the Interfaith Table The Barriers The Challenge Facing Inclusivity The Global Divide on Homosexuality Pew Research Public Attitudes Project, June 4, 2013 Continuing Barriers in American Congregations Study Says Gays…

Oklahoma Muslims aid in tornado relief in bid to build bridges

Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service, May 24 Oklahoma is probably one of the tougher places to be a Muslim in America, but Muslims have stepped in to help with the cleanup of a massive tornado that killed 24 people. “As…

Christian Conversion Of Woman In Saudi Arabia Results In Lashing And Prison Sentence For Lebanese And Saudi Men

Angus McDowall, Worldwide Religious News, May 14 A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced two men to lashes and prison terms for converting a woman to Christianity and helping her flee the conservative Islamic kingdom, the Saudi Gazette reported on…

Anti-Blasphemy Protests in Bangladesh Turn Violent

Jim Yardley and Julfikar Ali Manik, New York Times, May 06 Violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday as Islamist fundamentalists demanding passage of an anti-blasphemy law clashed with security forces, leaving a trail of property damage and at least 22…

Muslims Find a Welcoming Home in Famously Catholic Ireland

Megan O’Neil, “The Atlantic” in WorldWide Religious News, Apr. 18 A new 60,000-square-foot development is likely to generate friction in any urban setting, much less a mosque in the capital of a historically Catholic country. And yet a proposal to…

Islamist militancy quietly makes inroads in post-revolution Tunisia

John Thorne, Christian Science Monitor, Mar.28 Tunisia has been spared most violence since ousting its longtime dictator. But Islamist extremism is growing, and young Tunisian men are heading overseas to fight. One night last December, national guardsmen burst into the…

Iran confiscates Buddha statues in crackdown on ‘cultural invasion’

Associated Press published in The Guardian, Feb.17 Buddha statues have joined Barbie dolls and characters from The Simpsons as banned items in Iran. Officials are confiscating the statues from shops in the capital, Tehran, to stop the promotion of Buddhism,…

MyJihad Is to Not Let Others Dictate What Muslims Are

Monique Parsons, Huffington Post, Feb.3 Angie Emara’s son, Adam, was just 4 years old when he died from complications of Hunter’s Syndrome in 2009. Every day since, Emara, 35, of Naperville, Ill., has struggled with a painful and private grief.…

Freedom of Religion and the Right to Be Respected

Ufuk Gokcen, Huffington Post, Jan.22 As the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, I have recently attended for the second year in a row a special commemoration event at the Park East Synagogue in…