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Nigerian Christians may back a Muslim candidate in upcoming presidential elections

(RNS) Under the shadow of Boko Haram violence, Nigerians head to the polls Saturday (March 28) to elect a president and a deputy in a vote observers say is critical for the country’s stability and economic progress. In a twist that might have been difficult to predict, many Christians...
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Is anti-Semitism really increasing on US college campuses? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Is anti-Semitism rising on U.S. college campuses? According to most statistics, yes — but the phenomenon is far more complicated than it first appears, primarily because everyone oversimplifies it. The data, and the anecdotes, are shocking. In a study conducted in spring 2014...
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Meet the Muslim actor playing Jesus in Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Jesus’

(RNS) “Bless you for playing Jesus, peace be upon him.” This was the reaction of Lebanese-born actor Haaz Sleiman’s mother after she learned that her son had been cast as Jesus in National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Jesus.” The three Abrahamic religions will collide on Palm Sunday...
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India’s new school textbooks favor Hindu nationalist themes, making minorities uneasy

NEW DELHI (RNS) Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conservative Bharatiya Janata Party swept to power in an unprecedented victory last summer, he appointed a little-known historian as chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research, a prestigious scholarly institute. The...
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Zaytuna College recognized as first accredited Muslim college in the US

BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) A college that requires the study of both Wordsworth and the Quran for graduation is now the first fully accredited Islamic university in America. Zaytuna College, a 5-year-old institution in Berkeley, Calif., was recognized earlier this month (March) by the Wes...
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Four reasons Jews worry about Christian Zionists—and why they don’t have to (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Is Christian Zionism good for the Jews? Not every Jew thinks so. In fact, Christian Zionists make many Jews crazy. Why? Worry No. 1: Christian Zionists believe all Jews need to be back in the land of Israel before Jesus can return. Except it’s not true. I once asked Ra...
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Boko Haram pledges loyalty to brutal Islamic State

(RNS) Boko Haram's leader has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a new audio message, according to a group that monitors extremist activity.     In the recording, a man claiming to be Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian terrorist group that has killed thousands, vowed to f...
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`Dig’ digs into the Bible _ but is it `true’?

(RNS) Breathlessly describing his new USA Network series ``Dig'' in a promo, leading man Jason Isaacs promises ``everything is based on reality and true.''     To a point.     The new series, which premiered Thursday (March 5), moves quickly between multiple story lines and locations...
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Rising anti-Semitism challenges Sweden’s proud and tolerant self-image

(RNS) When a militant extremist stormed into a kosher supermarket in Paris shortly after cartoonists were massacred at the Charlie Hebdo publication, Swedish media described it as a hostage situation at a food store.     There was no mention of an anti-Semitic motive.     Now, the di...
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N.C. Muslims pleased with death penalty option but want focus on hate crimes probe

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) News that prosecutors plan to seek the death sentence for a man accused of killing three Muslim students in Chapel Hill last month drew a mixed reaction from the local Muslim community.     While many activists welcomed the move, the family of Deah Barakat, the Univ...
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