Hate crimes against US Muslims have exploded by 500% in the years since Sept. 11, 2001. Still, more Muslims than ever are running for elected office and raising their voices for progressive change.
One of the world's largest Christian denominations banned same-sex marriage. But a spring wedding in North Carolina defied the church.
"Freedoms crushed eventually become no freedoms at all," Winston-Salem pastor Ron Baity, said at a rally of about 500 Thursday in Raleigh.