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Ten Commandments Installed At Arkansas State Capitol; ACLU Plans Lawsuit

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:30:00 -0400

The monument's key backer, state Sen. Jason Rapert, says it honors the "historical moral foundation of law." But the ACLU says it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Supreme Court Sides With Religious School In Church-State Case

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Missouri church that had sought a state grant to resurface the playground at its preschool. The lower court had ruled that the funding violated the Constitutional separation of church and state. In Monday's decision, the court said that states can't deny public benefits to religious institutions that are otherwise qualified.

Supreme Court Rules Religious School Can Use Taxpayer Funds For Playground

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:28:00 -0400

In a closely watched case about church and state, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that a religious school was entitled to state funding for playground resurfacing under a state program for nonprofits.

In Northeast Nigeria, Displaced Families Celebrate Ramadan's End In Style

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:41:00 -0400

Security remains an issue in the northeast as Boko Haram's sporadic but targeted attacks continue. But even by those displaced by the fighting managed to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, or "Sallah" in Nigeria.

PHOTOS: Here's How Muslims Worldwide Are Celebrating Ramadan's End

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:29:00 -0400

For many Muslims around the world, Sunday marks the start of Eid al-Fitr, a time of prayer and celebration. Here's a peek at the festivities, which are often as different as the places they're held.

Inside French Prisons, A Struggle To Combat Radicalization

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:07:00 -0400

Some of the home-grown terrorists who have struck France in recent years were petty criminals who were radicalized in prison.

Unitarian Universalists Denounce White Supremacy, Make Leadership Changes

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:28 -0400

The Unitarian Universalists are among the most liberal of all religious denominations in America. Activists have denounced what they see as white supremacy in the church and are changing leadership.

Barbershop: Reflections On A Particularly Difficult Ramadan

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:28 -0400

In anticipation for Eid, U.S. Representative André Carson, D-Ind., Buzzfeed News reporter Hannah Allam and CAIR Executive Director for the Cleveland chapter Julia Shearson look back at this Ramadan.

Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:36:00 -0400

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."

Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:23:00 -0400

After publishing the book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. Rather than ignore the case, she chose to fight it — and won.

Israeli Judge Says Airlines Can't Reseat Women At Request Of Men

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:33:00 -0400

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men sometimes refuse to sit next to women — including on planes. Now an Israeli court says airlines cannot ask a person to change seats based on gender.

Church Of England 'Colluded And Concealed' Bishop's Sex Abuse, Leader Says

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:26:00 -0400

The archbishop of Canterbury offered "an unreserved apology" for how the church handled a bishop's crimes against young men. The apology followed the release of a "harrowing" report on the incidents.

ISIS Destroys Ancient Mosque And Minaret In Iraqi City Of Mosul

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Iraq's military said ISIS destroyed the 12th century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City, where ISIS fighters remain. Allied forces are trying to recapture the last of the city.

Virginia Community Mourns Muslim Teen Killed On Her Way To Mosque

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:05:00 -0400

Mourners packed a mosque in Sterling, Va., Wednesday for the funeral of Nabra Hassanen. The 17-year-old was killed early Sunday as she returned to the mosque after a pre-dawn meal with friends.

Disney Is Taking Stereotypes And Diversity Seriously, Or Is It?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

From "Moana" to "Beauty and the Beast" and "Zootopia," new Disney films for children are becoming more inclusive and questioning of racial and gender stereotypes. A look at new Disney films, stereotypes, representation and diversity.