Religion

Israel Freezes Plan For Mixed-Gender Prayer Space At Western Wall

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JERUSALEM, June 25 (Reuters) - Israel’s government formally suspended plans on Sunday for a mixed-gender prayer space at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

Prayers For A More Just Nation

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Might it be that this land with all of its richness, with all of its opportunity for true greatness, its opportunity to present itself before the world as what a nation ought to be, might not be sowing the seeds of its very destruction in abandonment of its children?
-Dr.

Why Laylat Al Qadr Is One Of The Holiest Nights Of Ramadan

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What Is Laylat Al Qadr?


Laylat Al Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with the exhortation, “Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists),” in Surat Al-Alaq (Muhsin Khan translation).

Reconciling Being Gay and Muslim With Author Hasan Namir

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The eternal struggle between faith and sexuality is often told through the lens of white North American Christians.

Religious Leaders Fiercely Criticize Senate Health Care Bill

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Some of the most scathing takedowns of Senate Republicans’ long-anticipated health care bill came from religious leaders, who blasted the legislation for its massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, and its draconian reductions to Medicaid.

A Major Christian Denomination Almost Passed Up An Opportunity To Condemn White Supremacy

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When a black pastor submitted a statement condemning white supremacy to the Southern Baptist Convention for review this week, the resolutions committee swiftly denied it and moved on.


A revised version of the resolution ultimately passed, but only after considerable internal and outside pressure forced the denomination’s president to step in.

Texas Just Banned Child Marriage

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Texas passed a law to make marriage under age 18 illegal.


On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill banning child marriage, in the state with the second highest rate of underage marriage.