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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…

What is Interfaith Cooperation for?

Eboo Patel, Religion Dispatches, May 05 Some years back I met the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechervan Barzani. One of the first things he did was thank me for the American military intervention that he described…

Iraq’s Al-Sadr Visits Church, Site of 2010 Attack

Adam Schreck, Worldwide Religious News, Jan.04 Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reached out to Iraq’s religious minorities Friday, visiting a Baghdad church desecrated in a deadly 2010 attack and a prominent Sunni mosque as public opposition spread against his rival, Prime…

Muslim doctors run clinic for uninsured at St. Louis church

Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec.27 The Salam Free Clinic at a church in north St. Louis grew out of a Memorial Day barbecue and a desire to help. In 2007, about 50 Muslims intent on serving their community and…

Syrian Conflict Draws In Christians

Sam Dagher, Wass Street Journal, Jul.23, online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303644004577524653025270434.html Syria’s conflict, increasingly characterized as a Muslim sectarian war, is now also threatening to engulf the country’s estimated 2 million Christians. As clashes between government forces and rebels spread over the weekend from…

Why the world needs faiths

Tony Blair, Washington Post, Nov.17, www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/why-the-world-needs-faith/2011/11/17/gIQAf0d5UN_blog.html There will be no peace in our world without an understanding of the place of religion within it. The past decade has seen many convenient myths which disguised the importance of religion, stripped away.…

Turkey’s Elephant in the Room: Religious Freedom

Susanne Gusten, New York Times, Sep.28, www.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/world/europe/turkeys-elephant-in-the-room-religious-freedom.html?_r=1&ref=religionandbelief With his triumphant tour of the countries of the Arab Spring this month, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to set up Turkey on the international stage as a role model for…

Understanding the Religious Worldview of the Taliban

James Fergusson, Huffington Post, Jun.27, www.huffingtonpost.com/james-fergusson/taliban-religion_b_885161.html The Taliban have always been misunderstood by the West. From the moment they took over Kabul in 1996 they were demonized as regressive, bearded nutcases who repressed women, decapitated petty criminals, banned music and…

Bahrain, Greeting Gulf Soldiers, Is Seen as New Front on Sunni-Shiite Divide

Farnaz Fassihi, Wall Street Journal, Mar.16, online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703566504576202971554841248.html The tiny Island of Bahrain could become a battleground for regional influence between two historical rivals—with Saudi Arabia backing Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, and Iran supporting the Shiite opposition. A coalition of about 2,000…

Bahrain’s uprising is about power not religion

Adrian Hamilton, The Independent, Mar.17, www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/adrian-hamilton/adrian-hamilton-bahrains-uprising-is-about-power-not-religion-2243894.html Sunni. Shia. Every time the protests in Bahrain are mentioned, they are made into a battle between these two branches of Islam, as if this was a war of religions. It’s not about religion,…