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A Texas imam says Muslims are better off ignoring this woman's anti-Islamic hate group — and others like it

Monday, May 04, 2015

After a "Muhammad cartoon contest" came under attack over the weekend, Texas imam Omar Suleiman is glad he and other Muslim leaders urged their followers to leave the event alone. Ignoring extremists — both the anti-Muslim crowd and radical Islamists alike — is the best policy, he says.

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Do Nepalis pray to a child goddess after an earthquake?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When you are a child goddess in Nepal, you never go outside, except for festivals. After last weekend's deadly quake, however, you have no other choice.

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Tourists spend thousands of dollars to schlep to Bhutan when they can just go to El Paso

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The University of Texas at El Paso is close to the Mexico border, but the buildings look like they belong in Bhutan

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This Japanese festival is just like thousands of others — plus a lot of penis

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Kanamara Matsuri" translates literally into English as "Metal Penis Festival," and the scene lives up to its name. Phallic symbols and penis paraphernalia are everywhere, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike. But it's one of just thousands of local Shinto festivals across the country.

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American groups back LGBT rights in Pakistan, but it's a different story in Indiana

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

In the US, here’s been an outcry against the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. But while some citizens are stunned, a foreign correspondent says it's even harder for someone trying to explain it to people outside the United States.

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Almost 500 years since Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation, Germany takes another look at his legacy

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The year 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation. Germany is getting ready for the big date by taking a new look at Luther's legacy, including the darkest chapter of his life's work.

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How centuries-old Sabbath laws impact the modern world

Monday, March 23, 2015

Over the weekend, seven children were killed in a house fire in Brooklyn, New York. It was devastating tragedy for the large Orthodox Jewish family and community. The fire was sparked supposedly by a hot plate left on for the family's Sabbath meal. Cooking is forbidden during the Sabbath, as it is considered work. Which leads to widespread use of hot plates.

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The conflict in Ukraine has led to a Golden Age for Jews — though some are still leaving

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's a disturbing time for Jews in Europe right now. But the conflict in Ukraine seems to be making that country a little more welcoming to its Jewish citizens, even as they continue leaving the country in large numbers.

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Chinese Communists to Dalai Lama: You can't die. You're immortal.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The latest Beijing/Tibetan fight is over reincarnation. Though Chinese Communists say the Dalai Lama is an advocate for violent separatism, they were perturbed when the Tibetan Buddhist leader said he might actually die someday.

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Could Charlie Hebdo happen in Reykjavik? How Iceland’s Muslims try to convince people it won't

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Muslim population of Iceland, made up of immigrants, foreign students and a few homegrown converts, is small but growing. And the community may soon be getting its first custom-built mosque with land donated by the city of Reykjavik, but not without objections from a vocal minority.

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You're a Muslim who's not supposed to date. How do you find love?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Dating as we know it in the West is forbidden under Islam. Observant Muslim parents tell their children not to date, but how is a young Muslims to find love?

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America's first all-female mosque is receiving praise — and some pushback

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The leaders of a new mosque in Southern California want to create a "safe space to be with their sisters" and a way to empower Muslim American women. Will all-female mosques catch on elsewhere in the United States?

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Practicing Islam in short shorts? One Muslim woman says she won't judge.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A young Muslim woman in America who prefers wearing short shorts describes what goes through her mind when she meets a woman in a hijab. But a fellow Muslim urges her to stop living a "dual life."

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An atheist blogger in Bangladesh is hacked to death by religious fanatics

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bengali American blogger Avijit Roy, an atheist, "carried a huge target on his back" in increasingly conservative Bangladesh for his writings. His death by machete on Thursday is just the latest sign that religious dissent is under threat in Roy's native country.

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Germany seeks to undermine Islamic extremists with religious education

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hundreds of people have left Germany to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, like ISIS. While police have ramped up efforts to stem the flow, another way Germany is addressing the problem is by expanding Islamic education.

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A man known as the 'Surfer Angel' could be Brazil's next saint

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Guido Schäffer was training to be a priest when he died in a surfing accident. Now Brazilians want the man they call the 'Surfer Angel' to be made a saint.

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German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Church membership in Germany has been on the decline in recent decades. But an atheist from the town of Templin believes organized religion still has unfair advantages in German society.

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Marseille's plans for a Grand Mosque stall

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The city of Marseille, France’s second biggest, is home to the country’s largest Muslim population. About one in four of its residents are Muslims. Yet you’d be hard pressed to find a single proper mosque in town.

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This German activist who worked with skinheads and neo-Nazis is now trying to de-radicalize young Muslims

Monday, February 16, 2015

Security officials in Germany say radical Islamic extremists are trying to recruit German youths for violent jihad in Syria and Iraq. A team of German social workers aims to de-radicalize Muslims, one young person at a time.

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Germany's anti-Islamization movement has faltered, but its grievances remain

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

There’s a segment of German society, especially large in the former East Germany, that feels overlooked by the political elite. And it’s fueling the rise of a far-right grassroots movement that looks a lot like the Tea Party in America.

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