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Fake meat’s surprising evolution, from Buddhism to the Beyond Burger

While plant-based meat may seem new and buzzy, China began concocting it way before the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat burst onto the scene, CNN reports. What’s more, its creations have approximated a far richer array of fake meats, beyond the “burgers” trending in the West, emerging from a food culture that has long celebrated ingenuity.

In China, the practice of imitating meat has its roots in Buddhism, introduced to the country roughly 2,000 years ago, during the Han Dynasty, and still practiced by about a fifth of its population, according to CNN. Many Buddhists are vegetarian, and the monasteries in China adhered to a strict vegetarian diet. Monasteries began imitating meat to sate visitors’ carnivorous appetites while still using and consuming only plant-based products, swapping out meat for tofu, gluten, and vegetables, VICE reports.

Source: Fake meat’s surprising evolution, from Buddhism to the Beyond Burger

Here’s The Best Of #Jewish TikTok

It took me just five minutes of TikTok streaming to come upon a video of a teenager dressed as “Harry Potter” spinoff character Newt Scamander doing American Sign Language over a recording of comedian John Mulaney riffing on Jewish women.

Further down the page — an eye-rolling girl gave a tour of her parents’ mezuza collection, a boy in a hoodie reenacted the ancient conquests of Jerusalem with reality TV dialogue, and a girl and her mom bickered over an Israeli soap opera they call “Schnitzel.”

Source: Here’s The Best Of #Jewish TikTok – The Forward

Judge voids Trump-initiated rule letting clinicians refuse healthcare services on moral or religious grounds

A federal judge Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed healthcare clinicians to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds.

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in New York said he was tossing out the rule in its entirety.

The decision came after 19 states, the District of Columbia, three local governments, health organizations and others sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Source: Judge voids Trump-initiated rule letting clinicians refuse healthcare services on moral or religious grounds – Los Angeles Times

Neighborly Faith urges evangelicals to find a ‘third way’ to befriend Muslims

For evangelical Christians, the importance of evangelizing is right there in the name.

But it’s not the best approach to building relationships with Muslims and people of other faiths, according to Matthew Kaemingk, assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Seminary and author of “Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear.”

“Muslims are not a mission or a project that you work on like a science experiment or something,” Kaemingk told an auditorium of young evangelicals Friday night (Nov. 1) at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College in the Chicago suburbs.

Source: Neighborly Faith urges evangelicals to find a ‘third way’ to befriend Muslims – Religion News Service

Sustainable Halal Meat is Making Inroads in Muslim Communities

On a tidy two-lane road outside Columbus, Ohio, a hand-painted sign in red and white script hangs on the edge of a corn field. It reads “Bismi Allah Farms,” derived from the Arabic phrase “bismillah,” meaning “in the name of Allah,” or God, and a word said in reverence by practicing Muslims numerous times a day.

But “farm” is a bit of a misnomer. The four-acre operation, run by Ahmed Fram, a Moroccan immigrant and his family, is actually a licensed halal slaughter facility, where a centuries-old, sacred religious ritual converges with modern demand in a two-car garage retrofitted for the task.

Source: Sustainable Halal Meat is Making Inroads in Muslim Communities | Civil Eats

One year before election, Christian leaders cross divides to call for respect

This Sunday (Nov. 3) marks exactly one year until the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

And Christian leaders across theological and political divides are kicking off an initiative called “Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics,” hoping the next 365 days won’t be a repeat of 2016’s divisive election season.

Source: One year before election, Christian leaders cross divides to call for respect – Religion News Service

Midway ISD offers to settle religious rights suit stating Cherokee student forced to remove eagle feather graduation cap

The Midway Independent School District has offered to settle a lawsuit alleging it violated the religious rights of a student who is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

During last year’s commencement ceremony, an assistant principal required the student to remove a graduation cap bedecked with traditional Cherokee beads and a sacred eagle feather, according to the lawsuit, which remains pending in 414th District Court.

Source: Midway ISD offers to settle religious rights suit stating Cherokee student forced to remove eagle feather graduation cap | Education | wacotrib.com

Resolutions introduced in US Congress to recognize Sikhs’ contributions in America

Marking 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, resolutions have been introduced in the US Congress to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by Sikhs in the United States and the discrimination they have faced in the country and around the world.

One of the resolution introduced by Senators Todd Young and Ben Cardin on Thursday recognizes the historical, cultural, and religious significance of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on November 12.

Source: Resolutions introduced in US Congress to recognize Sikhs’ contributions in America – Times of India

Can an app teach Buddhist tenets? 

In August of 2019, scholars of Buddhism who specialize in social media research searched on Apple’s App Store and Google Play and found over 500 apps associated with Buddhism. The majority of the apps centered on the practice of mindfulness.

Source: Can an app teach Buddhist tenets? | Faith and Values | herald-review.com

Mike Pompeo’s State Department approves Christian faith group for employees

All year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made news for efforts that critics worry are crossing church-state separation lines. In July, he launched a Commission on Unalienable Rights, created by religious conservatives who have bemoaned growing LGBTQ equality. Then in October, a private Pompeo speech, “Being a Christian Leader,” was advertised across the top of the State Department homepage.

Less noticed was the creation of the State Department’s first-ever faith-based affinity group.

Source: Mike Pompeo’s State Department approves Christian faith group for employees – The Washington Post

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