Serena Miezientseva

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Worked on 29 assignments, created 8, named on 15 bylines for BYUI Scroll.

By Serena Maxwell (Serena as collaborator) + 8 others for BYUI Scroll - 4 min read

Is your religious literacy up to par?

BYU-Idaho students may not know as much about religion as they think they do.“Especially in Rexburg, everyone doesn’t know much about other religions other than LDS, just because that’s the dominant religion,” said Melissa Smith, a freshman studying exercise physiology. “I’m sure it’s out there, but it doesn’t happen tons.”A Pew Research study showed members of The Church of Jesus...

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By (Serena as desk editor) + 4 others for BYUI Scroll - 2 min read

Women’s Rights and Wahhabism

After gaining fame for getting arrested in 2014 for driving in Saudi Arabia, human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has once again been taken into custody on June 4. There is some concern that her arrest is influenced by an extremist Islamic government harassing her due to her renown and public work for women.“The Saudi Arabian authorities’ continuous harassment of Loujain...

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By (Serena as desk editor) + 4 others for BYUI Scroll - 2 min read

Town Pays $3.25 M for Stalling Mosque Construction

The Department of Justice announced Bernards Township, New Jersey must pay $3.25 million to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge on Tuesday, May 30. In 2011, ISBR purchased land to build a synagogue, but construction was delayed because township planners concluded there would not be sufficient parking since ISBR worship would be held on Fridays. ISBR asserts other religious denominations...

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By (Serena as desk editor) + 4 others for BYUI Scroll - 2 min read

They claim they were fired for praying

Two Muslim former employees filed a lawsuit against the United Parcel Service Inc. for allegedly changing company policy to get rid of Muslim employees. The Minnesota chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations is representing former employees Abdullahi Dahir and Abdifatah Hassan in a lawsuit against UPS and Doherty Staffing Solutions, a workforce managing company. “The UPS operations manager held...

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By + 3 others for BYUI Scroll - 7 min read

Be a watchdog in the “New Cold War”

“War with Russia soon,” 45.3 million Google results. “US going to war with Russia,” 96.6 million Google results. “Russia war with US,” 114 million Google results. That’s a hefty bit of news coverage. Whereas a Google inquiry for “US in Afghanistan” comes up with only 24.3 million results. And yet, the United States has had a military presence in Afghanistan...

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By + 3 others for BYUI Scroll - 4 min read

Another perspective on Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. Such an emotive phrase. You could put anyone’s name in there and have nearly the same effect. Serena’s rise to power. Simba’s rise to power. Mickey Mouse’s rise to power. That sounds a little ominous. American mass media knowingly encourages and riles up Russia-phobia in the United States. I’ve heard comments in class perpetuating the...

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By + 3 others for BYUI Scroll - 3 min read

Failed for being Muslim?

A student at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey, is suing the school claiming one of her professors allegedly acted discriminatorily towards her for being Muslim. Sahna ElBanna says she first heard derogatory comments about Muslims from business professor Toby Grodner in the spring of 2016, but remained quiet at the time. When she took another class from Grodner...

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By (Serena as desk editor) + 4 others for BYUI Scroll - 2 min read

Grand Canyon National Park sued for religious discrimination

Geologist Andrew Snelling filed a complaint against the National Park Service of the Grand Canyon for treating him differently because of his beliefs. Snelling is a Young Earth Creationist, meaning he believes the Earth was formed in six literal days, has existed for less than 10,000 years and was reshaped by a global flood, according to Answers in Genesis. In...

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By (Serena as desk editor) + 4 others for BYUI Scroll - 3 min read

Religious liberty requires passion

May 18, Katrina Swett, former chair of the U. S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, in a BYU-Idaho forum urged students to engage more passionately in religious liberty issues. Through relating personal and international experiences, Swett asserted that being involved in religious liberty issues is integral to living a conscience- led life. “The defense of conscience, whether that of one’s...

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By (Serena as desk editor) + 4 others for BYUI Scroll - 2 min read

Is racism protected speech?

Four Californian teenagers are suing their school district after being suspended for “liking” a racist image on Instagram. The post depicted nooses drawn around black students’ necks, as well as a black person next to an ape, according to The Mercury News. The students from Albany, California, claim their free speech rights were violated because they used a private, not...

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