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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, May 22

Change is inevitable. How we deal with it, however is another matter. This week's article of Faithful Friday takes a look at how the tapestry of religion is changing around the world, from the pluralization of religion in America to the rise of Hindu nationalism in India. Will tomorrow's religious landscape look the same as today's? If that's a question you think is worth asking, read on.

Christianity and Islam may be the world's largest religions but they're not alone; many people overlook another important religion, which account for 15% of the world's population and is still growing: Hinduism. This piece from onfaith provides some vital information on the third largest religion in the world.

There's a growing presumption that American culture is forgoing or abandoning religion. However, as this article from The Atlantic describes the truth's a lot more complicated: while more and more Americans decline to place themselves among a specific religious group most of the country's "unaffiliated" still hold religious and spiritual beliefs.

Half a century after the Holocaust is anti-Semitism back on the rise? That's the question this article from Desert News National asks while also looking at how Jewish leaders and non-Jews are working together to combat it.

We don't often think of women as leading the charge in Islam but that's not always the case. This piece from Reuters takes a look at how some Muslim women, like Moroccan activist Hannane, are working to bring women's issues to the forefront in their religion.

Lastly, we often ascribe fundamentalism to the Abrahamic religions or monotheism more generally. But in truth, non-monotheistic religions can be fundamentalist as well. Take, for example, the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, which describes Hinduism as essential to the Indian identity and which sees religious pluralism as a threat.

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