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The Obamacare Coercion: Corporations and their Religious Freedom

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By Nick Burandt nickburandt_monitor

The Green family, owners and creators of Hobby Lobby Inc., believe that religious freedom extends beyond the individual and includes private corporations. On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, contraception mandate. Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is a case set to decide whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)—the policy which provides that the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest—allows a private corporation to deny its employees’ health coverage based on religious beliefs.

Planet Fitness Kicks Muslim Woman Out

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By Dounia Mshaiel

Albuquerque ‘s Planet Fitness refused to let Tarainia McDaniel wear her religious head cover when she attempted to workout at the gym. McDaniel is a 37-year old African American woman who converted to Islam when she was 16, she has practiced the religion ever since. Islam is now apart of her identity and she is also raising her two kids as Muslims.

Reza Aslan and “Zealot”: Six Months On

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By Bill Chambers

Reza Aslan, Middle East Commentator for NPR, Muslim Affairs Analyst, and author of “No god but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam” spoke at Elmhurst College on February 14 about his most recent book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”. The lecture was six months after his book was published and after his infamous interview with Fox News anchor Lauren (“You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”) Green.  His answer to her and to all the conservative pundits was “I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim.” So how has Aslan’s message changed after six months of interviews and lectures?

A Step Forward: Religious Accommodation in the Military

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By Alishba Malik

For many Americans, religion plays a big role in their daily lives. Imagine having to live in a society where no one respects or acknowledges your religion.

The science of fasting

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By Nadia Atassi

Every year, Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset for one month. This is done for many reasons, mostly religious, but there is also a practical aspect to fasting.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar,  a lunar-based calendar that Muslims use to observe religious holidays. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and its importance cannot be understated. For both spiritual and physical reasons, fasting is a significant part of every Muslim’s life, and more and more, science is proving how fasting is a good part of every diet.

A centuries-old Jihad: Women of the Abrahamic faith traditions strive for justice and fight sexism in religion

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By Saleha Jabeen

Weeks before Easter Sunday of 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina was elected to be the 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, is the first non-European man to lead the Catholic Church- the world’s largest Christian denomination amounting to over 1.1 billion people and constituting about a sixth of the global population. Among the church’s faithful, there are over hundreds of thousands nuns and women laity throughout the world.

The relevance of Islam: Increasing the influence of Islam on university campuses

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By Nadia Atassi

Every semester, students are asked to fill out course evaluations in which they give their professors feedback on their teaching and the course in general. This last semester, I took a class on the Christian Tradition, and on the very first day of class, my professor told us something that I later heard students say over and over again. He said that the number one comment that he gets on his course evaluations is that, as necessary as it is to learn about Christianity, students desire to learn about other religions. The Christian Tradition is a mandatory class in my academic program, and while all of my classmates, the majority of whom are Christians, were complaining about the class, I was jealous that they got to learn about their own tradition, while I was struggling to restructure my cognitive framework to allow a different and distinct tradition into my mind. Why? Because I have no access to a class about Islam at my university.

Pamela Geller’s obsession: Countering tolerance

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By Matthew Barry

As the nation mourns the senseless violence in Connecticut and politicians in Washington bicker endlessly over the “fiscal cliff,” the #MyJihad public education campaign should have presented an unambiguous bit of good news to a country in sore need of it. Bus ads and Twitter posts promoting peace, tolerance, and understanding; who could possibly object?