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Thousands Honor Sikh Temple Victims In Wisconsin

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 08.10.2012 | Religion

Hundreds of people streamed into a Wisconsin high school Friday to pay their final respects to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist at a...

The Sikh Tragedy: Bridging An Interfaith Gap

Rupinder Mohan Singh | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Rupinder Mohan Singh

During that Sunday, we saw bridge being formed. The tragedies of this shooting occur at many levels. Of primary importance are the victims, survivors and the heroic police officers that risked their lives to stop this madman. They are in my prayers. On another level, it is also a tragedy that it took a mass murder to bring the Sikh community and their plight into the national discussion. This is where we find ourselves today.

What I Said To The Sikh Community In Charlotte, N.C.

Steve Knight | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Steve Knight

It's so easy to stay in our own cultural and religious bubbles and not reach out to make connections with those who are not like us. But I'm grateful today for those in my life who have opened my eyes, including my Sikh friends. Because of them, I can testify to the truth that we are all connected.

In Defense Of Jewish Diversity

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein

It's being called a game changer. Everybody seems to be talking about the recently released "Jewish Community Study of New York," and it's surprising findings regarding New York's changing Jewish demography.

We Are All Sikhs Now

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

All of us who want the right to pursue our own faith are threatened by acts of intolerance against any faith. All of us who understand just how fragile harmony is in a religiously diverse nation.

History of Hate: Crimes Against Sikhs Since 9/11

Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion

The mass shooting of a gurdwara (Sikh temple) in Wisconsin on Sunday is merely the latest chapter in a history of violence. In the months following th...

A Muslim and a Sikh Talk about Sikhism In The Aftermath Of The Wisconsin Tragedy

Omid Safi | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Omid Safi

The most basic teachings of Sikhi focus on oneness and love. Sikhs believe in a singular divine force that permeates the entire world and all people, and therefore, Sikhs strive to ensure equality and justice in all levels of society.

For Sikhs, A Certain Inevitably With Wisconsin Tragedy

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Jasmeet Sidhu

When the news came early Sunday morning, horror from the tragedy intermingled with resigned defeat among many Sikhs -- that a decade's worth of education could not stave off another tragedy.

American Sikhs A Small, Misunderstood Community

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion

-- Ever since they arrived in the U.S. as farmers and lumber mill workers in the late 19th century, Sikhs have struggled with how little Americans kn...

The Difference Between Muslims And Sikhs.. Misses The Point

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Yes, Sikhs are not Muslims and Sikhs are not Hindus, but jumping to clarify difference leaves the unfortunate, if unintentional, perception that there is something wrong with those "others."

Amid Sikh Temple Shooting Tragedy, A Triumph Of American Values

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

For many Americans, embracing diversity of race, gender and religion is second nature. We take it for granted. But as a naturalized Muslim citizen, I wonder if a similar tragedy occurred against a minority in my homeland of Pakistan, would the authorities act so vigorously?

Murdering Innocent Sikhs Does Not Make You A Patriot

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Sam Chaltain

The notion that anyone could think murdering fellow citizens reflects American values tells us a lot about the ways we have failed as a nation to ensure that all people understand, at its core, what it means to uphold those values.

I Don't Want To Go Back To Church And Why I Will

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I do not want to go back to Church because life outside of Church is better. It just is.

No One Prays Better Than Anyone Else

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Spirituality and religion are enmeshed in a global struggle that involves new definitions, fresh "Mission Statements," and taking an unabashed closer look at things like truth, worship, who's welcome, what's defined as sin -- and the very nature of prayer itself.

How Christianity Is Being Saved

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

America has a tradition of Great Awakenings -- times when we remember the Spirit blowing across our land and demonstrating God's power in people's lives. We learned to pray for these renewals because they kept the ship afloat.

After Ethics Probe, Southern Baptist Leader To Retire

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Richard Land, the man who became the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention on ethical and ...

The Attack On Chick-fil-A

James Robison | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
James Robison

The current vicious attack on Chick-fil-A is against much more than one family and their business. It is a blatant assault on faith, Judeo-Christian morality and freedom itself. Believers must no longer stand down and remain silent.

My Muslim Identity

Anika Rahman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Anika Rahman

I have made a conscious choice to self-identify as a Muslim, despite my secular upbringing. I believe it's important to lead by example to shatter the preconceived notions about Muslims.

A Scholar Who Changed Lives: The Grace Of Deborah Bruce

David Briggs | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

In a world where humility is considered more a weakness than a virtue, she was self-effacing and dedicated to serving others. A lot of us are going to miss Deborah Bruce.

The Differences Between Mormonism, Islam And Christianity

Eliza Wood | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

While many Americans might not be willing to consider electing a Muslim candidate for president in 2012, in reality Islam is about as close to Christianity as Mormonism.

Who's Afraid of Muslim Women Exercising?

Avi Spiegel | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Avi Spiegel

When a YMCA recently set up an extra swim class for a group of Muslim women, it caused an unprecedented backlash. The women sought a safe space to exercise without men around -- in a way that would honor their Muslim faith and their personal traditions of modesty.

My Liberal Christian Church Is Not Dying

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Though it may seem self-evident that declining church attendance is evidence of something gone wrong, would we rather see churches that accommodate society's ills grow?

What The Church Has To Offer

Mark Labberton, Ph.D. | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Mark Labberton, Ph.D.

An increasingly large number of people in the United States have come to assume that ecclesial or theological conversation has nothing to do with them. Still, there is a voracious hunger for hope.

America, Ramadan Kareem

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

As millions of fellow Americans spend the next few days in striving to improve their physical, moral and spiritual faculties, they will also be expressing their gratefulness to America's pluralistic ideals and multiculturalism.

Advancing Religious Pluralism: A Pew Study Breaks New Ground

Khyati Y. Joshi | Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion
Khyati Y. Joshi

In a national survey providing one of the first detailed glimpses into how Hinduism is practiced in the United States, the Pew Research Center offers new data that illuminate the complexity and richness of our pluralistic democracy.