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Marching With Mormons For Equality

Peter Harrison | Posted 06.28.2016 | Religion
Peter Harrison

I had my first experience with Mormons For Equality three years ago (2013) when I marched with the group in the Utah Pride Parade. I had just barely come out -- only a few months prior telling my Mormon parents that I was gay.

Blasphemy Laws Don't Protect Religion, They Hurt It

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

Last Wednesday, I spoke on a panel at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs In DC. The conference, co-hosted ...

These People Are Showing That Islam Is Compatible With Women's Rights

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 03.17.2016 | World
Ani Zonneveld

The #ImamsForShe campaign is meant to empower women to educate themselves about their rights in Islam. These imams put forward an uplifting, inclusive and compassionate expression of Islam.

Dear Mormonism: Your LGBTQ Members Are Still Hurting, So What Happens Next?

Peter Harrison | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Peter Harrison

I realize I'll be ok, after being out for nearly three years I've built a pretty good sized community of accepting and loving friends, family, and people who care for me. I know my family loves me and that won't ever change. However, how will this policy change affect the life of that queer Mormon kid sitting in the congregation wondering if she'll ever be welcomed in the pews?

The New Center: Between the Right's Bigotry and the Left's Apologism

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I was raised in a Muslim family, in the Muslim cultures of three different countries -- Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. I grew up mostly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a US ally with almost unconditional Western support, living there for close to twelve years.

#ExMuslimBecause: Thousands of Former Muslims Are Speaking Out After Paris -- and It's Amazing

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When simply changing one's mind comes at such a high cost, it isn't surprising that you don't hear much from secularists, atheists, or agnostics in the Muslim world.

Saudi Arabia Sentences Palestinian Poet To Death For Apostasy

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.06.2017 | World

My result sheet in archery ! A photo posted by Ashraf Fayadh (@ashraffayadh) on May 19, 2013 at 12:32pm PDT RIYADH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A Saudi ...

Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Women are the most vulnerable targets of the Islamic State (IS), which has enslaved and brutalized women who don't meet their jihadi standards, and even introduced female police squads to monitor and persecute their own sex.

Religion Doesn't Create Terrorists. Society Does

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If the goal is to stop this sort of organized violence that plagues the world, then finding other ways to provide disaffected youth the money, protection, inclusion and social bonding they are missing that lead them to become outlaws in the first place should be our top priority.

Saudi Activist Fights For Release Of Imprisoned Brother And Husband

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.20.2015 | World

In a case that has sparked condemnation around the world, Saudi Arabia postponed the public flogging of a liberal blogger for the sixth time on Friday...

Meriam Ibrahim Opens Up About Time In Sudanese Prison: 'I Was Sure God Would Stand By My Side'

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

Meriam Ibrahim is safe on American soil -- and her faith has never been stronger. The young Christian mother, who spent six months shackled to a pr...

Does the Koran Endorse Apostasy Laws?

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Muslims consider the Koran the word of God. Hence, it is the primary and supreme source of jurisprudence in Islam. The practice of Prophet Muhammad, Sunnah, is second in line. Both leave no doubt that apostasy is not a punishable offense at all, let alone by death.

Report: U.S. In Talks To Allow Freed 'Apostasy' Prisoner To Leave Sudan

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

CAIRO, June 28 (Reuters) - Sudanese authorities and U.S. officials in Khartoum are negotiating to allow a Sudanese woman, who married an American an...

Confusion Over Fate Of Sudanese Woman Who Faces Execution

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

As Sudanese authorities are facing growing international pressure to halt the execution of a woman sentenced to death for allegedly converting to Chri...

Sudan Official: Woman Sentenced To Death For 'Apostasy' To Be Freed Soon

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

KHARTOUM, May 31 (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity is expected to be released soon, a government official...

Sudanese Woman Sentenced To Death For 'Apostasy' Gives Birth In Jail

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

A 27-year-old Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for "apostasy" two weeks ago has given birth to a baby girl in prison, her lawyers announced o...

Pregnant Woman Sentenced To Death For Her Faith Says She Won't Renounce Christianity

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion

Even in the face of death, a pregnant woman in Sudan says she will not renounce her Christian faith. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, who is in her late-twent...

Sudanese Woman May Face Death For Choosing Christianity Over Islam

Reuters | Khalid Abdel Azizi | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

KHARTOUM, May 15 (Reuters) - A Sudanese court has sentenced a 27-year-old woman to death for converting to Christianity, judicial sources said. ...

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

Atheists in Afghanistan

Kelly James Clark | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

The right to freedom of belief protects (or should protect) the Muslim in Christian-majority nations, the Christian in Muslim-majority nations, and the unbeliever in both sorts of nations.

Believe or Die: 4 Member States of the Human Rights Council Where Apostasy Means Death

Bob Churchill | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Bob Churchill

What the report itself did not do was to compare these 77 countries posing "severe" or even "grave" problems, with the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Let's do that now!

Christian Convert Arrested In Iran For Distributing Bibles

Agence France Presse | | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion

An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles in his home country, the Vatican missionary news agency ...

Why I Call Myself An 'Atheist Muslim'

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Just like Judaism is a religion that can exist independently from Jewish ethnicity or Jewish culture, Islam is a religion, and even though Muslims are ethnically and racially varied, there really is such a thing as a Muslim culture that can exist separately from Islam.

U.S. Citizen And Pastor Visiting Family In Iran Thrown In Jail Without Charge

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion

Rev. Saeed Abedini, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen and a Christian convert of Iranian origin has been imprisoned without charges in one of Iran's notoriou...

Confronting Pamela Geller

Harris Zafar | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Harris Zafar

Her claims are so bizarre that one struggles to understand whether they are worthy of a response. Yet, hidden beneath lie tangible attacks against the very teachings of Islam, and it is imperative to address these.