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‘You belong’: Threatened Muslim child receives 500 interfaith letters of support

Letters received by CAIR-Massachusetts in support of a 10-year-old Muslim girl. Photo courtesy of CAIR

BOSTON (RNS) — When a 10-year-old Muslim girl looked in her classroom cubby one Friday morning last month, she found a note there with the words, “You’re a terrorist,” scribbled in childish, all-capital letters. The next week, a message appeared, saying, “I will kill you.”

“She was visibly upset — she was crying,” her uncle Jamaal Siddiqui told CBS Boston. “Just the thought of that makes me feel sick to my stomach.”

The letters stopped after Hemenway Elementary School officials and police in Framingham,

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Jamal Bryant on his ‘bittersweet’ transition from one black megachurch to another

(RNS) — The Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, founder of a black megachurch in Baltimore, is shifting his ministry to a black megachurch outside Atlanta.

As he moves from Empowerment Temple to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., the 47-year-old son and grandson of African Methodist Episcopal Church ministers talked with Religion News Service about why he’s making the transition, what it says about black megachurches and his hopes for his new role.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Why are you leaving Empowerment Temple for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church?

I felt led by God to

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