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House Rejects Bill to Examine Islamic Leaders Based on Their Level of Extremism – World Religion News

The House rejected a Republican proposal on July 14 which called for studying Islamic religious doctrines and schools of thought. Opponents decried the bill saying it is unconstitutional. They also believe that adoption of this measure will lead to targeting Muslims. Democrats were joined by 20 GOP centrists to defeat the amendment. The bill’s vote was 208 for and 217 against.

Source: House Rejects Bill to Examine Islamic Leaders Based on Their Level of Extremism – World Religion News

Boston Launches Anti-Islamophobia Poster Campaign : The Two-Way : NPR

The city of Boston is launching a poster campaign to fight Islamophobia by encouraging bystanders to intervene, in a nonconfrontational way, if they witness anti-Muslim harassment.

Starting Monday, the city began installing 50 posters around the city with advice on what to do if you see Islamophobic behavior. The posters recommend sitting by a victim of harassment and talking with them about a neutral subject while ignoring the harasser.

Source: Boston Launches Anti-Islamophobia Poster Campaign : The Two-Way : NPR

Latino Muslims Find Home at Mosque Led by Cambodian Refugees – NBC News

SANTA ANA, Calif. — When César Domínguez converted to Islam 12 years ago, he had one reservation.

“The first thing I said to myself was, ‘How am I going to become part of this Muslim community if my language is Spanish, and I go to the mosque and I interact with people in English, and the language of prayer is in Arabic?’” Domínguez, who was born in California but spent most of his life in Mexico, told NBC News.

“That situation creates a problem.”

Source: Latino Muslims Find Home at Mosque Led by Cambodian Refugees – NBC News

How a growing number of Muslim women clerics are challenging traditional narratives | WWRN – World-wide Religious News

Indonesia recently hosted an unusual conference of Muslim women religious scholars that attracted hundreds of participants from across Indonesia as well as from countries such as Kenya, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. This International Forum of Women Ulamas (Muslim religious scholars) concluded by issuing fatwas, or nonbinding religious edicts, against child marriage, sexual abuse and environmental destruction.

It is believed to be the first-ever such gathering of Muslim women ulamas. Women have long been sidelined from the teaching and interpretation of Islam. But today, in many countries, women ulamas are emerging and acquiring more significant roles.

Source: How a growing number of Muslim women clerics are challenging traditional narratives | WWRN – World-wide Religious News

West Philadelphia mosque takes on matchmaking of black Muslim women | Lexington Herald Leader

Naeemah Khabir, a 35-year-old devout Muslim who works for the Department of Veteran Affairs in Philadelphia, has attended matchmaking events from New Brunswick, N.J., to Queens, N.Y. She has used several matchmaking services. Khabir, of Elkins Park, who has a master’s degree from Syracuse University, even hired a private matchmaker for nine months until the counselor assigned to her conceded that race was part of her problem.

“When you look at all Muslims, of all races and ethnicities, who has it the hardest? Black women unequivocally have it the worst. Black men have it bad, too, but black women have it the worst,” Khabir said. “Everyone knows it, but it goes unspoken.”

Source: West Philadelphia mosque takes on matchmaking of black Muslim women | Lexington Herald Leader

Exhibit showcases the earliest stirrings of American religious diversity | Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) Enter the “Religion in Early America” exhibit and there are objects you expect to find: Bibles, a hymnal and christening items.

But on closer inspection, a broader picture of faith in the Colonial era emerges: a Bible translated into the language of the Wampanoag people, the Torah scroll of the first synagogue in North America and a text written by a slave who wanted to pass on the essentials of his Muslim heritage. 

Source: Exhibit showcases the earliest stirrings of American religious diversity | Religion News Service

Sporty hijabs encourage Muslim girls to play with confidence | Religion | stltoday.com

Muslim student athletes at one U.S. high school no longer have to be slowed down by worries that their headscarves might fall off.

Deering High School in Portland, Maine, is providing sport hijabs with the goal of making Muslim girls comfortable — and boosting their participation in sports. The lightweight scarves stay put and are less bulky than other hijabs, garments that cover the hair and are worn by many Muslim women to express their faith.

Source: Sporty hijabs encourage Muslim girls to play with confidence | Religion | stltoday.com

After a marathon late-night debate, Prince William County mosque plan approved – The Washington Post

On one side, impassioned Prince William County residents dressed in green shirts argued that constructing a new house of worship would disrupt their quiet community, choke the roads with traffic and go against the zoning regulations meant to protect the rural enclave.

On the other side, their Muslim neighbors said that all they wanted was a place to pray in their own community — and that opposition to their plans to construct a mosque might arise out of not just technical arguments about land use but also bias against Islam.

After hours of heated testimony on Tuesday night, which included 170 speakers and went past 3 a.m., the Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted to approve the mosque.

Source: After a marathon late-night debate, Prince William County mosque plan approved – The Washington Post