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‘Dalya’s Other Country’ portrays Muslim American mother and daughter | Religion News Service

For Rudayna Aksh, the decision to bring her 13-year-old daughter, Dalya Zeno, from Aleppo to Los Angeles was made for her.

“We were sleeping one night,” Aksh remembers. “We heard, like, a big bomb around our house.” The Syrian war had begun and young girls were being kidnapped.

“The war didn’t leave any choice for me,” she continues. “I had to come here with my daughter.”

Those are the first words of “Dalya’s Other Country,” a new film by Julia Meltzer that premieres Monday night (June 26) on the PBS program “POV.” The film is one of four “POV” will broadcast with a focus on Syria and Syrian refugees.

Source: ‘Dalya’s Other Country’ portrays Muslim American mother and daughter | Religion News Service

What do Christian protests about Harry Potter books teach us? | Religion News Service

(The Conversation) On Monday (June 26), Harry James Potter — the world’s most famous wizard — will celebrate his 20th birthday. His many fans will likely mark the occasion by rereading a favorite Harry Potter novel or rewatching one of the blockbuster films. Some may even raise a butterbeer toast in Harry’s honor at one of three Harry Potter-themed amusement parks.

But not everyone will be celebrating Harry’s big day. In fact, a vocal group of Christians – usually identified as “Bible-believing” or fundamentalist Christians – has been resistant to Harry’s charms from the start. Members of this community, who believe the Bible to be literal truth, campaigned vigorously to keep J.K. Rowling’s best-selling novelsout of classrooms and libraries. They even staged public book burningsacross the country, at which children and parents were invited to cast Rowling’s books into the flames. These fiery spectacles garnered widespread media coverage, sparking reactions ranging from bemusement to outrage.

Source: What do Christian protests about Harry Potter books teach us? | Religion News Service

Missouri church wins playground case in Supreme Court | Political Fix | stltoday.com

WASHINGTON • In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court overturned lower courts Monday and decided in favor of a Columbia, Mo., church, that had argued that its constitutional rights had been violated by the state Department of Natural Resources’ denial of scrap rubber for its playground.

Source: Missouri church wins playground case in Supreme Court | Political Fix | stltoday.com

On Eid 2017, a peek into the lives of Puerto Rican Muslims | Religion News Service

(The Conversation) For Juan, Ramadan is a balancing act. On the one hand is his religious faith and practice. On the other is his land, his culture, his home – Puerto Rico.

Although he weaves these two elements of his identity together in many ways, during Ramadan the borderline between them becomes palpable. For the 3,500 to 5,000 Puerto Rican Muslims like Juan, the holy month of fasting brings to the surface the tensions they feel in their daily life as minorities – Muslims among their Puerto Rican family and Puerto Ricans in the Muslim community.

So, who are the Puerto Rican Muslims and what are their struggles?

Source: On Eid 2017, a peek into the lives of Puerto Rican Muslims | Religion News Service

Church of England head says it ‘colluded with’ sex abuse

The Church of England “colluded” with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized to the victims who spoke out and helped bring ex-bishop Peter Ball to justice as the church published a detailed report on how it handled the case.

Source: Church of England head says it ‘colluded with’ sex abuse

Creative program funds buildings for rapidly growing Georgia parishes

Making room for everyone at the Lord’s table is the spirit behind a focused new program in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The Special Projects Program is funding the expansion of basic worship and religious education space in a few uniquely challenged parishes whose churches cannot hold all the people coming for Mass or religious education. The program immediately will address needs in three churches – a parish and two missions in Cedartown, Gainesville and Lilburn.

Source: Creative program funds buildings for rapidly growing Georgia parishes