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This beautiful song reminds us who we must thank for our country's freedom this Independence Day



As we go about our 4th of July activities this year, let's take the time to remember that the freedom we celebrate is not free. It was bought with bravery, love and sacrifice. Many men, women and children throughout history have fought hard, cried bitterly and prayed fervently for the freedom we so often take for granted.

July 03, 2015 | Emily Sanders FamilyShare | Faith


At 150 years, The Salvation Army finds balance between service and sermons

On Sunday, thousands of Christians are expected to march along the Mall in London, past Buckingham Palace, sounding drums and tambourines, trumpets and tubas.

July 03, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


ValueSpeak: Wrestling with relationships

It started out normally enough.

July 02, 2015 | Joe Walker Deseret News | Faith


In light of Pakistan heatwave, what are the exceptions to Ramadan?

This past week, over 1,000 people in Pakistani died from a major heatwave that struck the country, CNN reported. Another estimated 14,000 people were hospitalized due to the sweltering heat.

July 02, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


French have more favorable attitudes toward Muslims post-Charlie Hebdo

The cold, January day that two Muslim shooters stormed the office of French magazine "Charlie Hebdo", killing 12 people and injuring 11, France united under the tragedy they called their 9/11.

June 28, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Religious leaders ponder next steps after Supreme Court rules for same-sex marriage

As confetti and leaflets were cleared from the steps of the Supreme Court Friday after a 5-4 majority ruled in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, religious groups across the ideological spectrum reacted to the decision.

June 27, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Many Muslims who observe Ramadan struggle with poverty

As Muslims around the world welcome the holy month of Ramadan, observers say one of the objectives of fasting is to feel with the poor. However, for many Muslims around the world, they don't need to attempt to feel with the poor — they are poor.

June 25, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


This Christian group won the right to uphold its faith standards at state universities in California

An evangelical Christian organization and the state universities in California have reached a compromise to allow the organization to uphold its faith standards for leadership positions and retain official status on state campuses.

June 24, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


ValueSpeak: Accidental rudeness leads to a kind gesture

I’m not saying the young woman in the fancy sports car was rude when she cut me off in the fast-food restaurant’s drive-through line.

June 21, 2015 | Joe Walker Deseret News | Faith


Why you shouldn’t blame scripture for acts of terrorism

Earlier this week, H.A. Heller and Nathan J Brown wrote a piece for Foreign Affairs that explored whether or not an Islamic authority figure could put an end to Daesh (or, as its commonly known, ISIS).

June 21, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


Supreme Court rules sign restrictions for churches are illegal

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that an Arizona town's restriction of signs posted by a church violated its free speech rights.

June 21, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Pope's encyclical on environment will affect more than Catholics, faith leaders say

In a highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis this week condemned widespread disengagement with the issue of global warming, using both scientific and theological arguments, and creating an opportunity for leaders from all faiths to address what their religion teaches about caring for creation.

June 19, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


The angry noise behind yoga in India

While 35,000 people will be closing their eyes and humming 'Om' in New Delhi for International Yoga Day, thousands of others in India will be angered — not calmed — by the practice.

June 18, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Confidence in religion at a new low — except among Catholics, poll finds

Americans' confidence in religion is at an all-time low in four decades, according to a new Gallup poll, while it ranked fourth in the polling firm's confidence-in-institutions list.

June 18, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Experiencing Ramadan in America vs. the Middle East

Jana Al-Akhras, an American-born Muslim, began fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the second grade and has managed to observe the annual practice ever since — in winter and summer, during high school soccer practices and games and through long days of classes in college.

June 17, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


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More Russians have qualms about religion, poll reveals

Russians' views on whether religion benefits them and their society have changed dramatically over the past 25 years, a new poll from a state-owned research ...

August 04, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Two Sudanese pastors face 'final' hearing Aug. 5, as nation continues anti-Christian attacks

The Republic of Sudan's government is expected to hold a "final hearing" for two Christian pastors Aug. 5, media reports indicate. The case, which ...

August 04, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Religious tolerance in the U.A.E.

As the second Catholic church opens in Abu Dhabi, leaders of the United Arab Emirates are being praise for their religious tolerance.

August 03, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Tibetan monk dies in Chinese prison

The revered Tibetan monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, died in prison in China where he was serving a 20-year sentence for alleged connections to a ...

July 31, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON — An evangelical pastor from Texas joined American Muslim leaders Thursday in denouncing recent anti-Muslim comments by evangelist Franklin Graham as they announced upcoming efforts ...

July 31, 2015 | Sara Weissman Deseret News | Faith


Tibetan monk dies in Chinese prison

The revered Tibetan monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, died in prison in China where he was serving a 20-year sentence for alleged connections to a ...

July 28, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Hospitals, care centers employ laughter as treatment for health problems

Laughter is a bright part of any day, and now hospitals and health organizations are making efforts to incorporate it into their patients' care for ...

July 28, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools



Although credited with establishing Sears, Roebuck & Company as a leading American retailer, Julius Rosenwald's name has largely been unremembered in the decades since he ...

July 27, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Childhood pretend play connected to religious switching, study finds

A child's imagination during pretend play can take them from a walk around Mars to a picnic in Neverland. However, his or her travels ...

July 27, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Cosmic humility: The spiritual side effects of viewing Earth from outer space

Writing in Medium about a new image of Earth released July 20 by NASA scientists and dubbed the "new Blue Marble," astronaut Scott Kelly said ...

July 27, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Do contraceptive rules make religious groups 'complicit in evil?'

Does requiring a group of Roman Catholic nuns to sign a piece of paper stating their objection to providing contraception coverage make them complicit in ...

July 27, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON — An evangelical pastor from Texas joined American Muslim leaders Thursday in denouncing recent anti-Muslim comments by evangelist Franklin Graham as they announced upcoming efforts ...

July 26, 2015 | Sara Weissman Deseret News | Faith


School district and secularists settle school prayer lawsuit

A federal lawsuit filed against a school district in Georgia for allegedly violating First Amendment rights by allowing football coaches to lead students in prayers ...

July 24, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools



Although credited with establishing Sears, Roebuck & Company as a leading American retailer, Julius Rosenwald's name has largely been unremembered in the decades since he ...

July 23, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Christian schools take stance on homosexuality policies

With same-sex marriage now legal across the country, the question has surfaced about whether religious-affiliated schools will accommodate gay or lesbian students, staff and faculty ...

July 22, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


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