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Wearing a Hijab for Lent Is No Way to Demonstrate Solidarity

Too often, Muslim women find ourselves left out of conversations about our own bodies and lives.

Thousands of Muslim women who live in the United States wear the hijab and face discrimination because of it—yet non-Muslim women are praised and heralded for donning it for a single day or month.

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Would I Be Mourned in the Same Way as the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims?

Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, the victims of last month's shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

There’s no doubt the Chapel Hill victims were admirable individuals. But the response to their tragic deaths reflects a narrative that Muslims in the West like myself have been taught from a young age: We must become role models in our community to have value as humans.

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Framing Suzanne Mazzola’s Death in Childbirth as a Martyrdom Is Disturbing and Dangerous

I hope Suzanne Mazzola's family hasn't gotten around to reading the anti-choice articles about her, because whether they sound like touching tributes or not, I can tell you, it's hard to grow up believing that your parent decided to die. It does things to people.

I hope Suzanne Mazzola’s family hasn’t gotten around to reading the anti-choice articles about her, because whether they sound like touching tributes or not, I can tell you, it’s hard to grow up believing that your parent decided to die. It does things to people.

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Purity Culture’s Racism Robs Women of Color of Their Reproductive Agency

One of the most popular and prevalent examples of purity culture's racism is the critique of the pop singer Beyoncé’s life and work by conservative white politicians and pundits, who have gone so far as to wonder aloud if Jay Z had not crossed the line from husband to exploiting “pimp,” thus reducing Beyoncé’s talent and ambition to a sexuality that is not under her control.

One of the most popular and prevalent examples of purity culture’s racism is the critique of the pop singer Beyoncé’s life and work by conservative white politicians and pundits, who have gone so far as to wonder aloud if Jay Z had not crossed the line from husband to exploiting “pimp,” thus reducing Beyoncé’s talent and ambition to a sexuality that is not under her control.

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‘Legitimate Rape’ and the March for Life

For the anti-choice movement, no sacrifice is too great for women to endure in the service of life.

For the anti-choice movement, no sacrifice is too great for women to endure in the service of life.

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March for Life Antics, and Anti-Choice Opposition to Better Family Leave Policies

On this episode of Reality Cast, Jeff Teague of Planned Parenthood explains the fallout from Tennessee’s new abortion law. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte discusses how Roe‘s anniversary brings out goofy anti-choicers again, and Obama exposes conservative hypocrisy on the family values question.

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On Muslims, No One at State of the Union Can Bring Themselves to Cheer

The State of the Union address can often feel like a cheer-fest. But last night, there was one moment in which the audience met a sentence obviously intended to be an applause line with profound silence instead.

The State of the Union address can often feel like a cheer-fest. But last night, there was one moment in which the audience met a sentence obviously intended to be an applause line with profound silence instead.

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Bob Jones University’s Reported Attitude Toward Assault Reflects Fundamentalist Theology

Ingrained in Bob Jones University's very DNA is a belief in shame as an essentially positive thing, which manifests in its reportedly condemnatory attitude toward survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

Ingrained in Bob Jones University’s very DNA is a belief in shame as an essentially positive thing, which manifests in its reportedly condemnatory attitude toward survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

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A Textbook Case: The Continuing Battle for Control Over What Students Read

A school board in Arizona made headlines last month for voting to cut pages out of a biology textbook in order to make sure that students do not learn about abortion.  While taking x-acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare—though it has certainly been done before—textbook censorship is not at all rare and the process for getting these books into the classroom is quite often more about politics than education.

While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping pages out of a book.

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The Importance of Faith in Healing Our Nation’s Racial Wounds

The alarming number of unarmed Black men and women dying because of police brutality and racial discrimination has caused tensions to flare in the United States. Though we continue to fight for justice, we must also find ways to heal and grow from our past to create better relationships in the future. One way to heal is to seek faith and forgiveness through religion. On MSNBC, Rev. Jacqui Lewis and Rev. Serene Jones talk with Melissa Harris-Perry about the importance of faith during this time of hardship.

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