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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, July 29

Tips on how to take care of yourself if you're a religious activist. A look at the role of "dynamic harmony" in Confucianism. And a Muslim father mourns the loss of his son on a national stage. It's Faithful Friday, our weekly segment on news about faiths and religious communities from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Are you a religious activist? Do you participate in social or political activism with other members of your religion? Then you might find these ten tips courtesy of Saud Inam worth a look.

One of the most bitter divisions to emerge out of the end of the colonial era was that between Muslim and Hindu South Asians. Today, Muslims in India and Hindus in Pakistan continue to face discrimination based on their religion. The Diplomat takes a look at the plight of Pakistani Hindus.

Ruism (aka Confucianism) is well-known for having a greater focus on ethics and morality than questions of theology or cosmology. It's also fairly well-known that one of its chief principles is social harmony. But the definition of harmony in Ruism is a lot more subtle than many might realize.

There is little question at this point that Islamophobia is on the rise in the United States, with numerous incidents of anti-Muslim violence having been reported. But despite that many Muslim Americans are still proud of their country. This week, one offered a harsh rebuke for those who question his patriotism.

It would seem logical that oceans would play an important role in Shinto, the native religion of Japan, which is after all an island nation. But it's often something that is overlooked. At UC Santa Barbara, Fabio Ramelli decided to change that with a specific look at Shinto within the context of the ocean (and vice versa).

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