On February 16, 2017, Jo Confino of The Huffington Post discussed how Zen Buddhism can be a valuable coping mechanism to manage Donald Trump’s presidency. Confino’s piece was inspired as part of HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, which highlights those fighting against hatred and supporting the vulnerable. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is known around the world…… Continue reading The Zen Master’s Way to Deal with Trump
This New York Times article is about a recently published poll by the Pew Research Center about people’s feelings toward specific religious groups based on a thermometer scale to measure warmth toward specific groups. Muslim and atheists still ranked at the bottom of the poll, but have gotten warmer ratings than they did in 2014 —…… Continue reading Despite the Increase in Hate Crimes, Americans are Feeling Warmer About Religious Groups
The CBC reported that a Canadian woman drove eight hours to the U.S. border to see her parents and brother in Chicago. She had crossed the border many times before with her Canadian passport without a problem. This time around, she was fingerprinted, photographed, questioned about her religion, terrorist attacks and views on Trump. But why…… Continue reading Canadian Woman Denied Entry into the United States
The Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) made it a rule two decades ago that religious headgear cannot be worn during a game. Recently, however, there has been concern that it is a discriminatory rule despite FIBA’s reasoning behind it being for safety issues. That reasoning has been refuted by star athletes like Breanna Stewart…… Continue reading Religious Headgear Gets Another Play in Professional Basketball
This article is about the formation of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council by the American Jewish Committee. This council, which was formed in the fall of 2016, includes clergy, business executives, and major thought leaders from the Muslim and Jewish communities in America. As the two most persecuted religious groups in our country, the formation of…… Continue reading Influential Muslim and Jewish Leaders form Alliance
Today’s Metro newspaper actually has a positive story about Muslims in America, more specifically in the City of Brotherly Love. The first ever mosque built from scratch in Philadelphia is nearing completion. Situated off North Broad street, the mosque is a project of the Philadelphia chapter of the Ahmadiyya society, a sect of Islam with roots…… Continue reading A Mosque Grows in North Philly
In the Huffington Post article, There Are Still No Open Atheists in Congress, the newly sworn in Congress and their beliefs, or lack thereof, are examined. It turns out, despite the fact that 3.1 percent of Americans identify as Atheist, according to the Pew Research Center, there are still no openly atheist officials in Congress.…… Continue reading Where Have All the Atheists Gone?