Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

The Voice of America, By Carolyn Presutti, October 18

Miami – Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion.

According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino.

And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than [...]

Arizona and Wyoming gay marriage bans struck down

Los Angeles Times, By Julie Westfall & James Queally, October 17

Same-sex couples in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska will all be free to obtain marriage licenses by next week after federal judges struck down bans in two of those states Friday and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a further stay in Alaska.

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Jukebox: Glen Campbell’s Farewell

…but we will miss you, Glen

Friday’s Jukebox early…

Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

Associated Press, By Nicole Winfield, October 13

Vatican City – Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are “positive” aspects to a couple living together without being married.

A two-week meeting of [...]

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Reuters, November 10

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls’ right to education, and Indian children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Yousafzai, aged 17, becomes the youngest Nobel Prize winner by far.

Satyarthi, 60, and Yousafzai were [...]

Narendra Modi calls for International Yoga Day

TNN, By Chidanand Rajghatta, September 28

New York – Yoga got a strong leg up on the world stage when Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for observing an International Yoga Day, describing the ancient science as “India’s gift to the world.”

Modi’s unexpected reference to yoga during in his UN General Assembly speech came when [...]

The sexual threats against Emma Watson are an attack on every woman

Vox, By Amanda Taub, September 23

In her famous 1996 commencement address, writer Nora Ephron warned the new graduates of Wellesley college that they were entering a world that was hostile to women’s achievements and begged them to “take it personally.”

“Understand,” she said, “every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is [...]

For Nuncio Accused of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice at Home, Not Abroad

New York Times, By Laurie Goodstein, August 23

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — He was a familiar figure to the skinny shoeshine boys who work along the oceanfront promenade here. Wearing black track pants and a baseball cap pulled low over his balding head, they say, he would stroll along in the late afternoon and [...]

James Brown: The Hardest Working Asshole in Show Business

Black Agenda Report, By Glen Ford, August 6

When James Brown died on Christmas day, 2006, I wrote an article for the brand new Black Agenda Report crediting the “Godfather of Soul” as “The Man Who Named a People.” People of African descent had been called – and called themselves – by many names in [...]

Vatican has refused to reveal all, royal commission head declares

Justice Peter McClellan says the Vatican maintains that requests for all information regarding every case are not appropriate

AP, July 4

The Vatican has told the child sex abuse royal commission that it will not hand over all information about members of its clergy who abused children in Australia.

The commission chairman, Justice Peter McClellan, [...]

I escaped Venezuela for North America. Here’s how.

Washington Post, By Rafael Osío Cabrices, July 2

At the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, my wife, 8-month-old daughter and I stopped to take photos of our feet. We were standing over a colorful, geometric mosaic made by the famous artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, a symbol of the modern and cosmopolitan Venezuela we loved and [...]

Vatican Reverses Anti-Liberation Policies in Mexico

Religion Dispatches, By Ruth Chojnacki & Jennifer Scheper Hughes, June 24

Late last month Mexican Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel announced that after a 14 year church-ordered suspension of the rite, indigenous deacons would again be ordained in the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas—where the local church serves a largely Maya population.

A [...]

Weekend Flashback: Touched By The Tremendum

The Edge, By Terence McKenna, March 27, 1990

[Speculative, but what the heck...]

First of all, I am delighted to be here. The great thing about being here in New York is you don’t have to worry if you’re the smartest person in the room. What impels me to talk to groups like this is [...]

I may be excommunicated from my church for asking for equal rights

Women aren’t allowed to be ordained as priests in the Mormon faith. Because I created a movement to advocate for ordination and equality, I’ve been ordered not to pray aloud.

The Guardian, By Kate Kelly, June 16

On Sunday, I will be tried in absentia for apostasy by the leaders of my former congregation in [...]

Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan ‘to free’ death row woman

BBC, May 31

Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official has said.

Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.

Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the [...]

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