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YouTube didn’t have to yank anti-Muslim film, court says

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court has overturned a controversial ruling that required YouTube to take down a video that disparaged Muslims. One of the actresses in the film sued to take it down and won, but an appeals court ruled Monday (May 18) that she didn’t have the right to contro...
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Cindy Lee Garcia, left, an actress in the "Innocence of Muslims", an anti-Islam movie that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world, holds a news conference outside her attorney's office after a court hearing in Los Angeles, California on September 20, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Bret Hartman *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-YOUTUBE-VIDEOS, originally transmitted on May 20, 2015.
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The ‘Splainer: Who are the Rohingyas and why are they fleeing Myanmar?

The ‘Splainer (as in, “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which RNS gives you everything you need to know about current events to help you hold your own at a cocktail party. (RNS) Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims live in squalor in Myanmar’s wester...
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A Rohingya migrant woman, who arrived in Indonesia by boat, looks from a window of a shelter inside a temporary compound for refugees in Kuala Cangkoi village in Lhoksukon, Indonesia's Aceh Province, on May 17, 2015. The United Nations has called on countries around the Andaman Sea not to push back the thousands of desperate Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar now stranded in rickety boats, and to rescue them instead. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Beawiharta *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ROHINGYA-SPLAINER, originally transmitted on May 19, 2015.
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Should all Muslims be singled out for the actions of a few? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) What followed after two gunmen were killed trying to carry out an attack on an anti-Muslim “Draw Muhammad Contest” was predictable. Pamela Geller, the organizer of the event, called for war, American Muslims condemned the attack, and the mainstream media rehashed the very old an...
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Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago. That’s the top finding — one that will ricochet through American faith, culture and politics — in the Pew Research Center’s newest report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,...
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Plans announced for England’s first women-only mosque

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The country’s first women-only mosque will open in Bradford, a 19th-century industrial boomtown and one of the most heavily Muslim-populated cities in the U.K., the Muslim Women’s Council announced. The plan seeks to provide women with a platform where they c...
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‘Halal in the Family’ bashes Muslim stereotypes with laughs

(RNS) The opening shot of its star chugging a 2-liter of “pork juice” might be the first clue that “Halal in the Family” isn’t exactly the featherweight sitcom it appears to be. Instead, this Web-only miniseries is a concerted effort by advocacy groups, nonprofits and one big Comedy C...
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The jihad of Pamela Geller (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Can poetry be an antidote to poison? Can it provide an alternative to the jihad of Pamela Geller? A life without His love is nothing but slow death. The sum total of love is but three words: I-burn, I-burn, I-burn. These verses come from the 13th-century whirling dervish, Ru...
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Muslim Kosovars rediscover their long-forgotten Roman Catholic roots

BROD, Kosovo (RNS) The Catholic priest followed the village elders up a narrow road that curved between the green hills in the tiny hamlet of Gjonaj in southern Kosovo. As the priest, Don Albert Jakaj, 36, emerged from the wooded path, he saw the light gray stone church, believed by l...
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