Friday News Roundup: Dastaars on the Defense

If you’re like a lot of non-Sikhs you probably don’t know what this headline means, because you don’t know what a dastaar (or dastar) is. A dastaar is the turban traditionally worn by Sikh men, and the right to wear it is under attack from all quarters: schools and workplaces in the U.S., the U.S. […]

Let the Games Begin

Historically, America hasn’t had the easiest time adjusting to changes in the religious landscape.  Getting through the apprehension and confusion surrounding new or imported beliefs and arriving at some level of tolerance and respect took months, or years.  Now, atheism and agnosticism are on the rise – the Pew Forum reports that over 16% of […]

Tanenbaum on Azhar Hussain

Our own Assistant Director of Religion and Conflict Resolution Heather DuBois on Peacemaker in Action Azhar Hussain’s work and new book in this week’s Common Ground News Service! Check it out: Madrasa enhancement in Pakistan

Friday News Roundup: Have it Your Way

If some weeks are meatier than others, then this week is a whole side of beef.  On almost every possible front,  someone’s doing something that’s offending someone – it was actually a challenge to winnow things down to the most important and interesting stories. In terms of Maximum Potential For Offense, French President Nicolas Sarkozy […]

Accomodation Graduation?

You may have read in recent news about Li Morse, a New York teenager who attended Mott Haven High School in Harlem.  She was unable to attend her high school graduation because the ceremony took place on the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest. Morse, 18, is the only Jewish teenager in her class. We […]