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Faith and Marriage

John Turner, Patheos, Apr.18 Interfaith marriage is skyrocketing in contemporary America. A generation ago, around fifteen percent of Americans married outside their faith, which probably mostly meant Catholics marrying Protestants. Now, according to Naomi Schaefer Riley, the rate is forty-two…

Moving from Interfaith Dialogue to Multifaith Action

Amjad Saleem, State of Formation, Feb.4 This week, the international community will be marking World Interfaith Harmony Week   designated by the United Nations to occur annually in the first full week of February where there will be a chance for…

US VP Biden’s gun panel meets with faith leaders

Kevin Bohn, CNN Politics, Jan.09 Vice President Joe Biden and officials on his gun violence committee held an unannounced meeting Wednesday evening with a group of 12 national faith leaders. One theme brought up by several participants was the “moral…

God is Not a Christian

Desmond Tutu and Bettina Gronblom, Huffington Post, Sep.30, www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/desmond-tutu/universal-religion-desmond-tutu_b_1926903.html A darker side is re-emerging and gaining ground. There is an increase in xenophobia, homophobia, discrimination, racism, religious intolerance and attacks on minorities – fuelled by far-right and populist agendas –…

Newt Gingrich: A Catholic Running Against Islam?

Eboo Patel, Huffington Post, Dec.5, www.huffingtonpost.com/eboo-patel/newt-gingrich-catholic_b_860995.html Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and high-profile conservative intellectual, announced yesterday that he is officially in the running for the Republican nomination for president. Along the way he’s been playing the politics of…

Multi-faith 9/11 prayer vigil calls for tolerance

Mary Grace Lucas, CNN, Sep.11, religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/11/multi-faith-911-prayer-vigil-calls-for-tolerance/ Hundreds gathered in Washington Sunday to share an interfaith moment together in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The morning vigil service, planned over months by staff at the Washington National Cathedral, integrated chants,…

In Indonesia, church runs afoul of Islamic street name

David Crampton, ENInews, Sep.6, www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=5129 In a test case of religious intolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, an Indonesian mayor is defying court rulings by pushing for a decree to block Christians from opening churches on streets with Islamic…

Malaysian adverts miss the point of Ramadan

Nazry Bahrawi, The Guardian, Aug.9, www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/aug/09/malaysian-adverts-ramadan The Islamic holy month is a time to connect with, not chastise, non-Muslims. This is lost to some in Malaysia’s media. To opt for a dry throat and a crooning gut when a mere…

Belgian Christians divided over banning of Muslim burqa

Jonathan Luxmoore, ENInews, Jul.25, www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=5043 Christian organizations in Belgium have had mixed reactions to a criminal code amendment making the country Europe’s second to ban the Islamic veil, or burqa. “We’re against this ruling, since it violates basic human rights,”…