religion

How (Almost) Leaving Islam Nearly Killed Me

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My sister and I back when nothing mattered. On a chilly autumn day in 2008, I texted two friends, called a suicide hotline, and left a voice mail on my mom’s phone about my plan to kill myself. And who knows, I probably blogged about...

This Nigerian Man Is Being Detained in a Mental Institution Because He’s An Atheist

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According to several reports, Mubarak Bala, a Nigerian man, is being held against his will in a mental institution in Nigeria’s Kano state after renouncing Islam and declaring he no longer believes in God. Bala’s Muslim family had him committed to the intuition after learning he...

Pastor Jamal Bryant Responds to ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal’ Controversy

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Pastor Jamal Bryant isn’t backing down from the uproar caused by his recent sermon titled “I’m My Enemies Worst Nightmare.” In the middle of the 30-minute speech, Bryant dropped a Chris Brown lyric, telling parishioners “These hoes ain’t loyal.” A clip of the sermon immediately...

Pastor Jamal Bryant Tells Congregation ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal’ – Did He Cross the Line?

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In a fiery sermon that touched on the emasculation of Black men, the “feminization” of the church, and “sanctified sissies,” Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple got his congregation riled up in an unusual way: quoting Chris Brown. After discussing Pontius Pilate’s refusal...

Teen Launches Hijab Project to Bridge the Gap Between Muslim and Non-Muslim Women

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Sixteen-year-old Amara Majeed has observed that “a woman needn’t have a different skin color, a foreign accent, or an unusual name because when she decides to wrap a piece of cloth around her head, she immediately becomes ‘un-American,’ or ‘foreign.’” So the American Muslim teen...

New Study Blames Internet for Decline in Religion

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I often tell folk I’m more spiritual than religious. That’s partly because I give the uber-religious the side eye, not because I have a degree and spend excessive amounts of time online. But computer scientist Allen Downey at the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts...