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Blog Profile / On Faith


URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/modern-muslim
Filed Under:Religion / Islam
Posts on Regator:1249
Posts / Week:7
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Zafar takes over as special representative for Muslim communities

2 weeks agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar's? As the State Department’s new “special representative for Muslim communities,” the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America’s ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of non-stop grim headlines from Gaza, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq. Show More Summary

Commentary: Why Jews should care about what happened in Ferguson

3 weeks agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

There is a warzone in America’s heartland. Most of us are far from the armored police vehicles rolling down the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But the battle there is being fought all over this country, and just because it is not the...Show More Summary

Praying for peace and justice in Ferguson

3 weeks agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

How are we to understand Michael Brown and Ferguson from the point of view of faith? Speaking as a Christian, I would begin with the premise that any attempt to understand the Michael Brown story must start from respect for him, his body and his story. Show More Summary

Jewish community trying to make room for interfaith couples

last monthReligion / Islam : On Faith

Heather Moran has long been an observant Jew, so she understood why her Catholic husband would be excluded from the parental blessing during their son’s bar mitzvah. The ancient ritual welcomes youth completing the service to “our people...Show More Summary

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, influential Zen monk, dies at 107

2 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

An obscure Japanese monk arrived in Los Angeles 52 years ago with little more than a spare robe, a Japanese-English dictionary and an invitation to teach Zen. But his life would not always be so simple. At centers he established on Mount...Show More Summary

In Buddhist teachings, relief from D.C.’s chronic case of self-involvement

2 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Tara Brach tells a story about an ad in the personals: Tall dark handsome Buddhist looking for himself. Would you answer that ad? It’s funny, certainly. The guy has a sense of humor. But for the long haul? I don’t think so. Too self-centered. Maybe he just didn’t get the hang of meditation. Read full article >>

Some say pope’s reported claim that 2 percent of priests are pedophiles is too low

2 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Another news-making Pope Francis interview, another round of unanswered questions. This time, the topic is clergy sex abuse. In an article published Sunday in the Italian daily La Repubblica, the pope talks with the newspaper’s founder,...Show More Summary

Faith leaders: Exempt religious groups from order barring LGBT bias in hiring

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

A short list of prominent faith leaders -- including some of President Obama’s closest advisors — want the White House to create a religious exemption from his planned executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians in hiring. Read full article >>

Faith groups divided in their reaction to court’s decision affirming religious rights

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

U.S. faith groups were starkly divided in their reaction Monday to the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the religious rights of corporations, with some seeing a narrow decision protecting the religious liberty of business owners and others seeing a profane intrusion into the beliefs of employees. Read full article >>

Founder of Hobby Lobby’s law firm pioneered the debate over religious freedom

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Lawyers and advocates who work on the hot-button issue of religious freedom are a passionate lot; they speak about their cause in nearly life-and-death terms. Even so, religious freedom can make for dry dinner party conversation. And religious freedom advocates don’t smile much when they’re on TV. Read full article >>

After Hobby Lobby, here are four other festering church-state issues

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

The Supreme Court’s ruling Monday on the religious rights of private for-profit businesses ends two cases that have garnered loads of national attention because they involved President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, one of the symbols in 2014 of partisan divide. Read full article >>

Ramadan and repentance, through a child’s eyes

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

I was 9 years old when I made one of my first major pleas of repentance to God. It was Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. Kids are not required to fast until they hit puberty, but even in kindergarten I hated being left out of Ramadan and begged my parents to let me fast. Show More Summary

Can Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at gay son’s wedding reclaim his credentials?

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Frank Schaefer, who lost his credentials as a United Methodist pastor after officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding, appealed his punishment Friday to a church board, saying Methodist doctrine is written broadly and thus can be open to interpretation. Read full article >>

Secular group protests Navy’s rejection of humanist chaplain

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

The battle in the military over the rights of service members who believe in god and those who don’t continued this week with a secular advocacy group asking the Navy chaplain’s office to help overturn the Navy’s recent decision to reject a humanist chaplain. Read full article >>

On the Southern Baptist agenda: Get the evangelizers evangelizing

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

BALTIMORE — From Billy Graham’s roadside tent revivals to Jerry Falwell’s TV ministries to Rick Warren’s 20,000-member megachurch, Southern Baptists dominate the evangelical brand in America. This is apt for the country’s largest Protestant denomination, whose doctrine says nonbelievers are doomed to hell. Show More Summary

David Brat’s victory is part of broader rise of religion in economics

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

David Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor was a shocker, leading to the lightning-fast unearthing of Brat’s writings such as those calling for Christians to “rise up” in defense of capitalism. But Brat is part of a bigger movement in recent years of overtly religious economists, particularly of the conservative Christian variety. Read full article >>

Overwhelmingly liberal, many U.S. Jews still took pride in Eric Cantor

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Whenever Eric Cantor is in a room with his fellow Jews, the Republican is the odd political-man out. But the shocking defeat of the highest-ranking Jewish politician ever had Jews across the political spectrum on Wednesday nursing some tribal pride. Read full article >>

Can’t a guy take a day off? Pope Francis cancels appearances for first day since March 2013

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Sheesh, can’t a guy take a day off? The Twittersphere lit up Tuesday morning after a Vatican spokesman sent a brief e-mail saying Pope Francis was tired and would be taking his first full day off since he became pope a year ago. Read full article >>

D.C. pastor becomes first woman to head N.Y.C.’s influential Riverside Church

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

On most Sundays for more than a decade, the Rev. Amy Butler, the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, has been leading her eclectic congregation in discussions about faith and doubt, spiritual values and religious doctrine, intolerance and acceptance. Show More Summary

Trying to avoid split, United Methodist pastors propose new approach to gay rights issues

3 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Hundreds of United Methodist pastors have signed a proposal aimed at avoiding a schism over homosexuality in a denomination that has, until recently, largely sat out the gay equality movement. The proposal, “A Way Forward,” offers churches...Show More Summary

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