Who says newspapers report only the bad news? The Washington Post has marked the start of Ramadan with an interesting story about how the growing Muslim community in northern Virginia is finding worship space inside synagogues.Will the Ramadan story become a staple in religion news coverage in the U.S. media, much as stories about Passover, Easter, Christmas and Good Friday are? It's not easy for religion journalists to come up with a fresh angle for these stories! Harder, of course, is to fast all day from food and drink in the August heat - this is the first time in 33 years that Ramadan is being celebrated in August, as The Associated Press notes.Happy Ramadan to the Muslim community.
Paul Moses is the author, most recently, of The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia (NYU Press, 2023). He is a contributing writer. Twitter: @PaulBMoses.