Civil Rights Pioneer Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth Is Remembered

One of the leaders of the the civil rights movement in America, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, died recently and will be buried later this month [October 24] in his home town of Birmingham, Alabama. Shuttlesworth was a fire-and-brimstone preacher who endured a bombing, and beatings. Many prominent African Americans believe that without Shuttlesworth, the civil-rights

Film Depicts How Paris Mosque Sheltered Jews During WWII

A newly released film in France depicts for the first time how the Paris Mosque saved Jews and Muslim resistance fighters during World War II. Troves of books, movies and articles have been released over the years in France describing almost every facet of World War II and the Nazi occupation here. But one historical

US Religious Diversity Prompts Increase In Interfaith Marriage

This weekend, a congregation of intermarried Jews and Christians in suburban Washington will observe Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The Interfaith Families Project is one of a small but growing number of communities that are trying to be true to both Christian and Jewish traditions. During the rest of the year, they meet

Reinterpreting Islam

“Nothing needs to stay the same forever, and that must include Islam as well,” best-selling author Irshad Manji says of her reaction to the democratic uprisings in the Middle East now known as the Arab Spring. Protesters throughout North Africa and the Middle East are fighting for economic and political reforms as well as a

Islam, Judaism – Tolerance Could Lead to Democracy, Peace

The debate over Palestinian statehood continues with Israel and the Palestinian authority laying claim to parts of what has traditionally been called the Holy Land or the Land of Promise. Religion is one of the centerpieces in that debate, and experts say that both sides will have to find middle ground if there is to

France to Build Islamic Center in Paris

Paris plans to build a new Islamic center to address two issues, a dearth of mosques for the city’s sizable Muslim community and a new law banning street prayers. In the interim, Muslims been invited to worship in an unusual venue – an old fire station at the edge of the city. For many practicing

American Muslim Moves People From Fear to Friendship

Alarmed by the sense of mistrust of Muslims she felt after the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago, Pakistani-American Samina Sundas started American Muslim Voice. The organization, which now has chapters across the United States, works to build bridges across religious and cultural divides, in meeting rooms  and at dinner tables. Breaking bread together Sundas’ Palo

Indonesian Police Link Church, Mosque Bombings

A suicide bomb attack on a church in Central Java, Indonesia, Sunday is raising new concerns over sectarian violence. Following a string of religious hate crimes against Christians and minority groups across the country this year, analysts blame splinter jihadists for Sunday’s attacks. Witnesses said the suicide bomber mingled among the crowd at Bethel Injil

Dalai Lama to Decide on Reincarnation at Age 90

Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he will decide when he is about 90 years old whether he should be reincarnated, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In a statement Saturday, he said at “about 90″ he will consult with the high lamas of Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public and other people who follow Tibetan

Experts Say Strong Muslim Communities Help Prevent Radicalization

Three men from Raleigh, North Carolina, went on trial September 19 on charges of plotting terrorist attacks overseas. They are among around 200 Muslims who have been arrested in the United States on suspicion of terrorism since the September 11, 2001, attacks. One research group says that strong mosque-centered communities may be more effective than