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Yasmine Hafiz is the former Associate Editor of The Huffington Post's Religion section and is currently an MSc. candidate at the London School of Economics. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, and is a co-author of The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook. Ms. Hafiz formerly interned at the U.S. Department of State and was a founding member of the Arizona Youth Interfaith Movement. A 2008 Presidential Scholar, she has extensive public speaking experience regarding religion in America. She has stamps in her passports that make customs officials take a second look, and she enjoys curling up with a good book. Follow her on Twitter at @YasmineHafiz.

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Pope Francis' Letter To The Foley Family Joins Them In Mourning For James

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Upon learning about the murder of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the militant Islamic State, Pope Francis sent a letter to the Foley family expressing his deepest condolences.

He also personally called them at their New Hampshire home, speaking for twenty minutes through...

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Bulletproof Stockings Are The Fiery, All-Girl Hasidic Jewish Band That Rocks Harder Than Anyone

(9) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:54 AM

As observant Hasidic Jews, Dalia Shusterman and Perl Wolf never thought they'd be playing alt-rock music to a packed, all-female house at Arlene's Grocery in New York City's Lower East Side.

But on August 7, that's exactly what they did.

The musical duo make up Bulletproof Stockings, a "

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Pope Francis Personally Calls Family Of James Foley To Offer His Condolences

(12) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 5:05 PM

The death of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the Islamic State has been mourned internationally since the tragic news broke.

On Thursday, Pope Francis personally called Foley's grieving family in Rochester, New Hampshire, to "console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers,"...

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St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson Calls To 'Dismantle Systemic Racism' In Mass For Ferguson

(6) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:28 PM

On Wednesday, the Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert Carlson, held a special mass for peace and justice in Ferguson as protestors continued to clash with police over the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

In a letter released on August 18, Carlson asked parishioners to donate...

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Mars Hill Church 'Jesus Festival' Quietly Disappears, Despite Raising $3,000,000 In Overall Donations

(106) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Mars Hill Church, based in Seattle, Washington, has been under intense scrutiny for the past few months, following the eruption of a variety of scandals around lead pastor Mark Driscoll. The evangelical church, founded in 1996, has claimed to have as many as 14,000 members.

...
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Greater St. Mark Family Church, Shelter For Ferguson Protestors, Reportedly Raided By St. Louis County Police

(51) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:47 PM

This has been updated with a statement from the St. Louis County Police Department.

Greater St. Mark Family Church in St. Louis, Missouri was a safe haven for wounded protestors from nearby Ferguson demanding justice in the Michael Brown shooting.

Reports from about 12:45pm on...

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'Muslims Condemning Things' Tumblr Answers A Question That Should Be Obvious

(312) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 8:41 AM

The Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS, claims that it is restoring the Islamic Caliphate in an attempt to confer greater political and theological legitimacy on itself. Its violent actions, done in the name of an extreme version of Islam, have prompted international leaders and...

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Pope Francis Says He May Only Have A Few Years Left To Live, And Will Consider Retirement

(115) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 11:02 AM

77-year-old Pope Francis is one of the hardest-working world leaders, rarely taking breaks or vacations despite a punishing schedule. It appears that this lifestyle could be taking its toll, as the pope told reporters during a press conference that he feels he may only have a few more...

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Exiled Tibetan Monks Join Ferguson Protestors To Support Justice For Mike Brown

(32) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:35 PM

The fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9 has sent shockwaves not just through the nation, but throughout the globe. Photos of the clashes between protestors and police in Ferguson, Missouri, could be easily mistaken for a war zone, as tear gas, molotov...

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Powerful Photo Of Martin Luther King Jr. With His Hands Up Demands An End To Violence

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 1:14 PM

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has outraged the nation, as "Hands up, don't shoot!" becomes the mantra of those protesting the unarmed teenager's death.

James T. Ingram, a columnist for the St. Louis American, tweeted an arresting photo...

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Church Adopts 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Prayer Position For Ferguson

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:33 AM

"Hands up, don't shoot" has become a rallying cry for those demanding justice for the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of the Ferguson, Missouri, police. The gesture of surrender is also an affirmation of humanity and innocence.

Rev. Adriene Thorne, Executive Minister at

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21 Unearthly Drone Videos Show The Drama Of Our World's Religious Sites

(11) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 8:26 AM

You might want to avoid this post if you're scared of heights.

It would take a lifetime to visit the world's most sacred and beautiful places in person, but these videos may be the next best thing. Filmed by drones, some allow you to peacefully soar over stunning landscapes...

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Ferguson Police Reportedly Shot Pastor Renita Lamkin With Rubber Bullet During Protest (PHOTOS)

(76) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:21 PM

A pastor said she was shot with a rubber bullet on Wednesday during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, as clashes with police continued over the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Renita Lamkin, an African Methodist Episcopal church pastor, told The Huffington Post that she was "standing in the...

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Yazidi Religious Beliefs: History, Facts, And Traditions Of Iraq's Persecuted Minority

(105) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 7:55 PM

Hunted by militants from the Islamic State, thousands of people from the Yazidi community have fled to the slopes of Iraq's Mount Sinjar, where they are caught between the prospect of death by dehydration and murder at the hands of the group formerly called ISIS. In the months...

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Vatican Urges Muslim Leaders To Condemn The Islamic State Formerly Known As ISIS

(90) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:51 AM

The unspeakable crimes committed by the Islamic State, a self-identified Sunni militant group formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) get worse every day. Beheadings, stonings, live burials, and crucifixions are all tactics used...

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Hinduism Is Arizona And Delaware's Second-Largest Religion

(15) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Christianity is the largest religion in every American state, but a look at the second-largest religion in every state reveals a more diverse picture. Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism are the second-largest religions in twenty, fifteen, and thirteen states respectively. Hinduism is the second-largest faith in two states, and...

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Julion Evans Has Funeral Canceled After New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Learned He Was Gay

(664) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Kendall Capers found no hope at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church after the death of his husband, Julion Evans, who died at age 42 from amyloidosis. Evans' family are members of the New Hope congregation in Tampa, Florida, and Capers arranged to have the service there.

However, the...

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9 Disgusting Anti-Semitic Attacks Worldwide In Wake Of Gaza Conflict

(94) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:27 PM

The violent conflict in Gaza has provoked passionate reactions from people around the world, due to the horrific scenes of death and destruction and the intractable identity politics that have characterized the dispute for decades.

Online discussions of the latest violence can frequently deteriorate into outright bigotry and sweeping generalizations...

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'Vicar Of Baghdad' Canon Andrew White Refuses To Leave Iraq, Despite Christian Persecution By ISIS

(50) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Iraq's Christians have perhaps suffered more than any other group since the Islamic State formerly known as ISIS rose to power, but Christianity is in decline all over the Middle East. Just 5% of the region's population identifies as Christian, and that figure is dropping still.

The Christian...

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Pope Francis: 'Put The Needs Of The Poor Ahead Of Our Own'

(211) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 11:35 AM

Long a champion of the poor and vulnerable, Pope Francis went one step further during the Sunday Angelus message at the Vatican when he told his followers that, “Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own,” according to the National Catholic Register....

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