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Opposition to metal detectors sets off a chaotic Friday prayers in Jerusalem’s Old City

Muslim men pray just outside the Temple Mount by Lion’s Gate in protest, refusing to enter the Temple Mount until Israel removes the metal detectors it placed there following an attack last week. RNS photo by Michele Chabin JERUSALEM (RNS) — Tens of thousands of Muslims heeded calls from their religious leaders to avoid prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque in protest of new Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount. Only “several hundred” worshippers prayed inside the mosque at midday prayers Friday (July 21), according to Israel Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. More than 50,000 pray there on a...

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Muslims hold protest street prayers near Jerusalem shrine

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Muslims prayed Friday in the streets near a contested shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, kneeling on mats spread on cobble stone to protest the installation of metal detectors at the holy site. The prayers largely ended peacefully. In three areas near the Old City, Israeli forces fired tear gas to disperse small groups of Palestinian stone-throwers. Muslim leaders had urged the faithful not to enter the sacred compound until Israel removes the detectors, portraying Israel’s measures as an encroachment on Muslim rights — a charge Israel denies. The city’s top Muslim cleric, Mohammed Hussein, told worshippers Read More At Article Source | Article...

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A look at why a Saudi woman’s miniskirt sparked an outcry

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A short video of a Saudi woman walking around in a miniskirt and crop top sparked an outcry after going viral, leading to the woman being detained for several hours.The woman was eventually released without charge, but the incident and the online debate it ignited point to the tension in Saudi Arabia between proponents of its conservative, state-enforced strictures and those pushing for greater rights. Here’s a look at why Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Minister leaves Southern Baptist Convention to shed light on racism

(USA Today) A black Oklahoma State University lecturer says he is renouncing his ordination as a Southern Baptist minister because of the racism he sees within the country’s largest Protestant denomination. Other black Southern Baptist leaders acknowledged the sentiment Lawrence Ware expressed in his New York Times column, published Monday (July 17). But they say staying a part of the Nashville, Tenn.-based Southern Baptist Convention allows them to help the network of churches continue to move toward racial reconciliation, a high-profile issue it has Read More At Article Source | Article...

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‘Jet-set monk’ is back in Thailand after extradition from US

BANGKOK (AP) — A former monk known for a jet-setting lifestyle is back in Thailand after being extradited from the United States, where he fled to escape charges including statutory rape and fraud. Wirapol Sukphol, 37, appeared on a YouTube video showing the orange-robed monk aboard a private jet. He wore aviator sunglasses and had a Louis Vuitton carry-on bag, sparking an outcry over his behavior. Soon after the video surfaced in 2013, Wirapol was defrocked Read More At Article Source | Article...

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