Dr Rania Awaad was participating in a virtual religious program this Ramadan when the discussion turned into an unexpected question: Is it religiously okay to say a prayer for someone who has committed suicide? Suicide is a complex and delicate subject that Awad, as director of the Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology Laboratory at …

(June 27, 2021 / Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies) To what extent is a party whose roots are in the Muslim Brotherhood movement, and whose history is intertwined with the struggle against Zionism and the State of Israel, able to renounce its religious and national goals and to be satisfied with municipal conquests? This question …

Supreme Court case goes beyond LGBTQ + rights vs. Catholic rights

The Supreme Court of the United States.”/>The Supreme Court of the United States. By DAVID CALLAWAY Religious Freedom Specialist for the Freedom Forum Last week’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia has been touted as a flashpoint in a cultural warfare between religious freedom and LGBTQ + civil rights. In as …

There is an irony to where they ended up, as the narrowness of their campaign was, to begin with, a winning strategy. For years lawyers demanded marriage equality circumscribes their cases as narrowly as possible, so that judges who are already ambivalent about extending rights to same-sex couples see nothing more at stake than national …

A spate of minor subdivision permit applications have received denial requests from the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council, reflecting a new awareness of growth and demand for real estate, officials said. The opposition is not typical of the tribe, Kootenai County director of community development David Callahan said in a recent meeting with commissioners. Initially, he …

The discovery of the anonymous graves of 751 people, many children, near a Catholic residential school for Indigenous children has caused growing angst in Canada, as it does after the discovery of a mass grave of 215 children near another Catholic boarding school in the country. Indigenous peoples are asking for an apology – and …

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa called on Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town to condemn Hamas and allied terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, after speaking out publicly against Israel during the last 11 day escalation. During the Israel-Gaza conflict, Makgoba accused Israel of apartheid, dismissing …

The following statement was issued by Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak. On behalf of Bishops Andriy Rabiy and Ivan Bura, clergy, religious and faithful of the Archparchy of Philadelphia, I greet Bishop Basil Losten and celebrate the 50th anniversary of his episcopal service. This half-century of dedication to God and to the Church has been rich …

Ofsted boss warns ‘militant’ activism in schools is a threat to education |  Schools

England’s school watchdog official denounced a new brand of ‘militant’ activism in school communities which she said led to confrontations inside and outside school gates and had a potentially limiting effect on education. Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman has raised concerns not only about recent parental and community protests, which have forced children to cross …

Located a seven-hour drive east of Vancouver, the Doukhobor Discovery Center occupies a handsome collection of red brick buildings flanked by manicured fields and gnarled apple trees. A white dove emblazoned with a crest on the side of a barn led me in, and a “Work and Peaceful Life” sign above the entrance porch suggested …