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Welcome to NYC, Cheng Guangcheng!

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  Friday, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng arrived on United Airlines Flight 88 from Beijing to Newark to begin a new life after fleeing house arrest in China. On Saturday he held a press conference in front of his new home in Washington Square Village in New York City. The self-taught legal activist, who campaigned [...]

Protest movement grows, Bronx Pastor willing to die to oppose city policy against churches meeting in public schools

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  Pastor Dimas Salaberrios is on his 19th day of a hunger strike against a city policy that will kick out over 60 churches and other religious groups from worshipping in public schools during the off-hours. His effort is one of many protests, prayer gatherings, and pastoral sit-ins organized during the last three weeks by [...]

Waves of pastors, professors, politicians, lay people arrested at Bloomberg’s annual State of City gathering

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Wave after wave they cross the street. The people kneel, start to pray. And then handcuffs are thrown on. It is orderly, almost breathtaking in its poignancy. It is a plan of desperation. A sad tribute to misguided city government policies to eliminate religious groups from housing projects and public schools where working and poor [...]

Video: Mixing Muslim tradition with freedom of religion in Jamaica, Queens

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Freedom of religion allows Shia Muslims in Jamaica, Queens to preserve their traditions.

Mayor Bloomberg on the “Mosque Controversy,” Part I

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For the next week we have opened the magazine to a discussion on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s speech on religion and religious freedom in New York City. We have invited contributions by religious leaders from Lower Manhattan and a few others with a special interest in the discussion. Mayor Bloomberg gave two impassioned speeches on the role [...]

Muslims in New York City, Part I

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Over the next two weeks, we will run several feature articles on the number and religious identity of Muslims in New York City. Our journey has taken us to many mosques and Muslim community centers. The recent controversies over the plan to build a Muslim community center near Ground Zero and to acquire and transform [...]

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