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Once again, Time magazine’s top 100 influential people list shortchanges the religious world

Each year, Time magazine comes out with its “100 Most Influential People” list, which is often clueless about the world of religion. Well, it’s deja vu all over again. This year’s selection did not fail to disappoint.

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Hijabi Artist Channels Beyoncé For Debut Of Her ‘Resistance Music’ And Video

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist from Flint, Mich. She wears a hijab with pride. She’s been a performance poet for 13 years, writing about love, trauma, loss and joy.

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New Alabama governor to sign law protecting religious freedom of adoption agencies

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will sign a bill protecting faith-based adoption agencies from being forced to place children with same-sex couples. The Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act passed the Alabama House of Representatives 60-14 and the Senate 23-9. All Senate Democrats and one Republican, Sen. Steve Livingston of District 8, voted against it.

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Rahmah’s story: ‘I am a Chinese hijabi’

She describes how she sticks to her religious beliefs, and how she is trying to help Chinese Muslim women reclaim their identity.

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Why Christians Object To Participating In A Same-Sex Wedding (It Isn’t Bigotry)

One popular way to resolve the tension between same-sex marriage and religious freedom is to criticize the motivations of religious believers. Usually that criticism is based upon, at best, ignorance about what those believers actually believe or, at worse, a purposeful distortion of their convictions.

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Can kids tell other kids about Jesus at school?

Astonishingly, the answer to the question posed here, recently provided by the Queensland Department of Education and Training is: No! In their latest reviews of material used in Special Religious Instruction (SRI) offered in public schools in that State, they assert as follows:

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4 Big Questions About the Supreme Court’s New Religious Freedom Case

Missouri’s new governor introduced a fresh dynamic into what was set to be the leading religious freedom case argued before the Supreme Court this year, and the first major case that new Justice Neil Gorsuch will hear.

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Missouri reverses course, makes churches eligible for some state grants

Missouri has announced that it will start allowing religious groups to be eligible for certain state grants, although the decision may not affect a religious freedom case before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. “We commend Governor Greitens for reversing a policy of discrimination against religious groups applying for neutral and widely-available grants to do […]

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