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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, February 17 2017

Is there wisdom in anger? A Hindu magazine honors its "Hindu of the Year." And the plight of Muslim immigrants in the United States is considered. It's Faithful Friday, our news segment about faiths and religious communities around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Can a faithful Buddhist be angry? Writing for the Buddhist magazine Lion's Roar, Melvin McLeod argues the answer is yes but it depends on how the anger is manifested. If the anger is rooted in compassionate and denies violence or aggression, it can in fact be a good thing.

Just about all cultures honor their dead in one way or another. Some take it to greater degrees than others however. Vietnamnet examines the long tradition of ancestor veneration within Vietnam.

Every so often members of a religious community develop the desire to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of one of their own. At Hinduism Today, Lakshmi C. Subramanian explains the magazine's decision to award Morari Bapu the "Hindu of the Year" award for 2016.

Often when we talk about abortion it's framed in very black and white terms: either you're for the wanton murder of unborn children or you're a religious nut who wants to enslave women. But sometimes things are more nuanced than that. At Patheos, Hindu writer Ambaa Choate explains her more complicated (and ultimately pro-choice) view of the matter.

When we talk about thousands or millions of people it's easy to think of them in abstract, almost unreal terms. It's easy to dehumanize "refugees" or "immigrants." But when you put a human face on them it's harder. Here is the story of one Iranian woman's struggle to marry her fiancee, impeded by President Trump's new Muslim ban.

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