NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) City officials would have us believe all is harmony in Music City. But with the country’s largest community of Iraqi Kurds and sizable groups of Latinos, Somalis and Bhutanese moving into “the Buckle of the Bible Belt” that isn’t always the case.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) Amna Farooqi, 21, a Pakistani-American and a senior at the University of Maryland, says she loves Israel, cares deeply about Palestinians and sees nothing contradictory about it.
(RNS) Reba Riley, a “former Evangelical Poster Child,” describes her struggle to heal from wounds inflicted by institutional Christianity in a millennial memoir of spiritual exploration.
BOGOTA, Colombia (RNS) Not long ago, the thought of a transgender person speaking openly to a Catholic priest here would have seemed unthinkable. Now cultural shifts are making way for LGBT acceptance.
LONDON (Reuters) There are as many as 150 Muslim drag queens across Britain, seeking to reconcile their sexuality with their faith, while challenging homophobia and taboos within Islam.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) As a religion reporter, I figure I know what secularism is. But Akram Elias made me see it anew in an almost throw-away line in a presentation he gave on federalism I thought would surely be a snoozefest. Joke’s on me!
Bangladesh’s elite forces arrested three suspected Islamist militants for masterminding the killings of two secular bloggers in the Muslim-majority nation.
(RNS) “Our species, though selected to be a caretaker or steward (khalifah) on the earth, has been the cause of such corruption and devastation on it,” the statement says.