Category Archives: Religion

Ramadan covers Northern Hemisphere’s longest days of 2016

In 2016, the Muslim holy month of Ranmadan covers the longest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Why does that matter? It makes Ramadan challenging because observant Muslims will observe strict fasting from sunup to sundown. At this … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Rachele Kanigel, associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, for the launch of a new diversity style guide for journalists. The guide is filled with contemporary definitions and is well organized, listing terms alphabetically and by … Continue reading

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Guide to American Jews includes guide to Jewish holidays

The Bias Busters series grows to 10 guides with “100 Questions and Answers About American Jews.” this guide is the second in our stream of guides about religions, joining “100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans.” The guide about American … Continue reading

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FBI adds hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, Arab Americans

The FBI has announced that its mechanism for gathering reports on hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arab Americans is operational. Quantifying is an important step on the road to understanding a problem and then solving it. The FBI announced … Continue reading

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Islam catching Christianity as world’s largest religion

Muslims will nearly match Christians by 2050 The Pew Research Center’s Future of World Religions study projects this month that Islam is growing much faster than Christianity and that he two will have nearly equal numbers of followers by mid-century. … Continue reading

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Test your diversity IQ with Bias Busters quiz

MSU Today tells the Bias Busters story by inviting you to take a diversity quiz. It’s an effective way to show what cultural competence project does. We look for the simple, everyday questions people have when they just want to … Continue reading

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Muslims guide will focus on cold end of thermometer

In the fall of 2014, a journalism class at Michigan State University will produce “100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans.” This is part of the school’s series of guides in cultural competence. This will be the seventh guide in … Continue reading

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MSU Bias Busters crowdsource interfaith questions

Course graduates attended the North American Interfaith Network conference Tuesday in Detroit to seek help on the next Bias Busters guide. The graduates were Dmitri Barvinok, a Michigan State journalism alum, and Merinda Valley, now a journalism senior at MSU. … Continue reading

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North American Interfaith Network meets in Detroit

Hundreds of interfaith advocates from across the United States and Canada are meeting this week in Detroit for the annual conference of the North American Interfaith Network. One of the few North American cities with an international connection, the conference … Continue reading

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New from Pew: Hispanic Catholics are up—and down

The Pew Hispanic Trends project poses a riddle: If fewer Hispanics are Catholic, how come more Catholics be Hispanic? The answer is in data posted on its FactTank blog. Pew research shoes that the percentage of Latinos in the United … Continue reading

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