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04.27.15 Prachi Gupta

A group of Muslims are reclaiming the name of Islam’s prophet, “Muhammad” — which also happens to be the most common name in the world — after professional racist Pamela Geller asked people to draw cartoons dehumanizing him. Geller, who runs an anti-Muslim hate group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is perhaps most well-known […]

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04.17.15 Prachi Gupta

Felix and Meira, a film about a Hasidic woman’s illicit affair with a secular man, has been hailed by IndieWire as “the first satisfying romance of 2015” and is a New York Times Critics Pick, but some in New York’s Hasidic community apparently disapprove. Luzer Twersky, an ex-Hasidic man and actor who plays Meira’s Hasidic […]

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03.06.15 Prachi Gupta

On Friday, millions of Hindus across the world observed Holi, the Indian festival of spring. It’s the sort of party that even the non-religious can appreciate; the focus is on fun, and when done right, people flock to the streets to dump water on each other, throw colorful powder and get high. Holi is one […]

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02.27.15 Prachi Gupta

When speaking out against ISIS earlier this month, President Obama attempted to rein in those who maligned the entire religion of Islam based on the actions of radical groups. “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed […]

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02.09.15 Prachi Gupta

A chocolate shop in the East Village that sells exquisite foil-wrapped chocolate statues of religious figures has sparked controversy among Hindus, Buddhists and Catholics reports the New York Times. The figurines include Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and the Virgin of Guadalupe. Notably, the collection does not include the Prophet Mohammad. Bond Street Chocolate storeowner Lynda […]

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02.04.15 Bucky Turco

The amount of children in the U.S. contracting the measles is on the rise and health officials are placing the blame on parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Although most states require mandatory vaccinations for school kids, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says parents can opt-out for “philosophic or religious beliefs.” […]

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10.30.14 Michael Rougeau

ANIMAL’s feature Game Plan asks game developers to share a bit about their process and some working images from the creation of a recent game. This week, we spoke with Hamish Todd about Music of the Spheres, a game inspired by Islamic art and viruses, which have only one thing in common: math. “I don’t […]

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09.26.14 Marina Galperina

“If there’s a Barbie doctor, a teacher and a police officer, why shouldn’t there be a Virgin of Luján Barbie?” say Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli. For their exhibit “Barbie, The Plastic Religion” opening in Buenos Aires on October 11th, the artists are fashioning 33 Barbie dolls after various Catholic saints and prominent mythological characters. Their series, which includes […]

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09.17.14 Marina Galperina

“Damian is showing his class the way to make an inverted pentagram. Connect the dots to make one yourself.” So reads the new Activity Book (PDF, embedded below) that the Satanic Temple is handing out to children in Orange County, Florida. The county had recently decided to allow an Evangelical group to disseminate Christian materials in public schools and to censor the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The […]

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05.01.14 Andy Cush

There’s a statue of the Dark Lord coming to the Oklahoma State Captiol building, and now VICE has photos. An organization called the Satanic Temple is building the monument in response to a statue of the 10-commandments that’s displayed on the Capitol grounds. There’s also an interview with Temple leader Lucien Greaves (née Douglas Mesner), […]

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