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Author Alfredo Garcia

(RNS) The Amherst, N.Y.-based Center for Inquiry (CFI) has changed the name of its International Blasphemy Day to International Blasphemy Rights Day in a bid t show that organizers are not interested in mocking religion for its own sake. CFI representatives said the name change better describes the purpose of the event amidst criticism received […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 40 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders say they are deeply troubled by the opposition to a proposed Islamic community center and mosque located two blocks from ground zero in lower Manhattan. The statement singles out remarks made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin […] Read More

(RNS) Seven top leaders of the Baha’i faith who have been incarcerated in Iran since 2008 have each received jail sentences of 20 years after six months of court hearings that ended on June 14, according to the Baha’i World News Service. Bani Dugal, principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations, […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Twenty religious organizations are calling for Congress and President Obama to ensure a fair and thorough investigation into allegations of forced human experimentation by the CIA on detainees after 9/11. In June, the group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released Experiments in Torture which detailed health professionals’ involvement in CIA interrogation programs. The […] Read More

(RNS) Brigham Young University was named the nation’s most religious campus, and Sarah Lawrence College the least religious, in new rankings released Tuesday (Aug. 3). The Princeton Review released the 2011 edition of their yearly assessment of The Best 373 Colleges, which included rankings of the most and least religious students. Mormon-owned BYU rose from […] Read More

(RNS) A conservative religious law firm plans to appeal a decision that grants a green light for the construction of an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero. The Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) opposes the construction of the Cordoba House in lower Manhattan because the building currently at the site […] Read More

(RNS) A new study says that the population of North American Amish has increased by nearly 10 percent in the past two years, causing many communities to turn westward in search of new land. Conducted by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., the study found that Amish […] Read More