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NAM original coverage, youth media stories and ethnic media articles on religion and its impact on immigrant and minority communities. For more information on NAM's coverage of religion, contact Sandip Roy at sroy [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Somali Americans

Somali Americans Under Media Siege

ColorLines, News Feature, Michelle Chen, Jul 18, 2009

Somali Americans in Minneapolis-Saint Paul have heard so much bad news lately that it's become hard to separate fiction from fact. Encircled by tales of missing youth and violence at home and abroad, the tight-knit community is wrestling with outside scrutiny and internal strife.

Funeral pyre

Indian Cremation Society Launched in Chicago

India Post, News Report, Jul 17, 2009

The Indian community in Chicago have started an organization to help Indian-Americans with rituals related to cremation that are in accordance with their tradition but avoid unnecessary expenses such as an expensive casket or embalming.


Indian American Gays Hail Ruling Decriminalizing Homosexual Sex in India

India West, News Report, Ashfaque Swapan, Jul 10, 2009

The recent ruling by the Delhi High Court to repeal portions of Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality is both a small step and a giant leap say members of the Indian American gay community.

Southern Baptist Minister Prays for Obama's Death

Washington Afro, News Report, James Wright, Jul 07, 2009

The Rev. Wiley Drake told Fox News Radio earlier this month that he was practicing imprecatory prayer or seeking a divine curse that would cause the president to die. 

iran Protest

Can't Keep a Good People Down

Iranian.com, News analysis, Reza Fiyouzat, Jun 22, 2009

More than a hundred years ago now, Iranians were as loudly as now present in the streets demanding constitutional governance, freedom from random harassment by the state and a legitimate representational system.

muslim world

Bridging the Gulf

Pakistanlink, News analysis, Dr Saleem H. Ali, Jun 21, 2009

President Obamas much-awaited speech to the Muslim world has come and gone but the most salient questions about preventing a clash of civilizations remain unanswered.

Iran Protest

Iran: A Matter of Timing

Iranian.com, Commentary, Peyvand Khorsandi, Jun 20, 2009

Is it too early for us in the West to chant for a separation of religion and state? Is it too early do say Death to the Islamic Republic of Iran?

Mosque in Morgantown

A Mosque in Morgantown Splits the Community

New America Now Radio, Audio, Sandip Roy, Jun 15, 2009

When Asra Nomani walked up to the door of her local mosque in Morgantown in West Virginia and demanded that women be allowed to pray with the men it ignited a national controversy. Director Brittany Huckabee tells the story of a divided community in the documentary, The Mosque in Morgantown, airing on PBS.

Praising the Lord in Mandarin

NYCity News Service, Sarah Trefethen and Kate Zhao , Jun 13, 2009

A Chinese church started five years ago in Brooklyn sharing a small space with a Latino congregation has flourished, thanks to new immigrants. But the real reason behind Tian Fu Churchs fast growth goes back to more than 150 years ago.

American Girl Introduces First Jewish Doll

Jewish Journal, News Report, Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Jun 04, 2009

Rebecca, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants on New Yorks Lower East Side in 1914, is the first Jewish girl among the American Girl dolls set during a pivotal period of American history.

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