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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, July 31

This week for Faithful Friday we're taking a particular focus on interfaith interactions, be they either cooperative or combative. Join us as we investigate efforts to end the tragic fighting between Muslims and Christians in Central Africa, the lives of Sikhs her in America, and the role of ethnic and religious minorities in Turkey. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Continuing its effort to end years of fighting between Muslim and Christian militants in the Central African Republic, the Interfaith Peace Platform was recently awarded the prestigious Sergio Vieira de Mello award for peace earlier this year. You can read more about both their ongoing efforts and the award's origins here, at Ecumenical News.

What's it like to be a Sikh in modern America? Often mistaken for Muslims, Sikhs are actually the third largest religion in India and Pakistan, after Hinduism and Islam. Sikh-American writer Rahuldeep Gill discusses the spirit, joys, and struggles of this ethnoreligious group in the West.

What does it mean to enjoy religious freedom? According to some, it means the freedom to practice your religious beliefs without judgement or legal persecution. But while that's certainly part of it, it's only half the story. As this Huffington Post article points out, freedom of religion also means freedom from religion.

Why are parts of the Buddhist establishment in Burma so hostile to the country's Rohingya minority? And are some Buddhists standing up for their Muslim neighbors? American Buddhist writer discusses the horrific situation in Burma and how some Buddhists are taking a stand for peace.

What is life like for Turkey's non-Muslim minorities? In many ways Turkey is a standard bearer for secular Muslim-majority countries, but that isn't to say there aren't issues, such as the country's fraught history with its Greek and Armenian populations. The Economist takes a look at where ethnic and religious minorities in Turkey stand today.

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