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Muslim Emoji, proposed by a German teenager

The emoji populating virtual reality reflect a increasing range of demographic, fashion, professional and ethnic identities, but one community is missing, and a German teenager is proposing that it be added: emojis for Muslim women and men. From a story in the New York Times:

Ms. [Rayouf] Alhumedhi, who was born in Saudi Arabia and now lives and attends high school in Berlin, began wearing a head scarf at 13. Although she has never been harassed for covering her hair, she […]

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Muslims explain Muslim neighborhoods to Ted Cruz

In more news related to Republican Presidential hopefuls making statements seen by many as bigoted, racist and ungrounded in fact, the Twitterverse has responded to Ted Cruz’s suggestions following yesterday’s attacks in Brussels. From the Washington Post:

Reacting to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Belgium, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz proposed a strategy for America: “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.”

Cruz’s spokeswoman said police already track areas where, for example, they suspect gang activity. But Democratic […]

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Being a Muslim parent in America

The New York Times asked its Muslim readers “how they talk to their children about these difficult times,” and heard back from more than 200 Muslim parents. They published a number of the responses: one parent who taught a son’s preschool class about the Islamic holidays; other parents who warn their children about ISIS recruitment, to be kind and patient and help their neighbors, that the terrorists are not representative of Islamic teachings and that you can be Muslim and […]

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Christians in a Muslim land: The church in Pakistan

The Episcopal News Service has just published a story on the challenges and resilience of Christians, a persecuted minority in Pakistan – just 1.5 percent of a population of 180 million, many imprisoned, falsely accused, harrassed and killed by extremist elements of a Muslim majority. Particularly recently:

Last month, two bomb blasts in a Christian neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 17 people and wounded more than 70 as worshipers attended Sunday Mass at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church […]

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No more Muslim prayer services in CoE church

‘Whilst it is very important to build good interfaith relations, it is clear that an act of worship from a non-Christian faith tradition is not permitted within a consecrated Church of England building.’ – Bishop of Southwark

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London vicar criticized for allowing Muslim prayer service in his church

The Telegraph reports:

A Church of England vicar is facing a storm of protest from traditionalist Christians after allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church.

Dozens of Muslims took part in the “Inclusive Mosque” event at St John’s church, Waterloo in central London, in what is thought to have been the first time a full Islamic prayer service has been held within the Church of England.

The vicar, the Rev Canon Giles Goddard, a prominent liberal cleric, joined in […]

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How are you marking #Lent?

Starting with #VirtualShrove and #ashtag, Lent’s online incarnation (if you’ll pardon the pun) has been substantial this year. Here’s a roundup of some of where Lent is happening online:

The Society of St. John the Evangelist has created a Lenten series, with a daily two-minute meditation based on a different word each day, ending with a question to ponder throughout the day. Links to meditations, a list of concepts, downloadable worksheets and resources for church leaders and educators are available here.

The […]

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U.S. Supreme Court allows beard for Muslim prisoner in Arkansas

News outlets including The New York Times and CNN reported that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 to allow a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas to grow a half-inch beard, and that the Department of Corrections’ policy on beard-growing violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which, according to Justice Samuel Alito,

prohibits a state or local government from taking any action that substantially burdens the religious exercise of an institutionalized person unless the government demonstrates that the action constitutes […]

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