An Arizona town wants to allow prayers before council meetings. Not all prayers, though — just some: On Monday, the City Council was to consider a resolution to allow all members of religious groups to pray before council meetings. But Councilman Rob Hudelson, a Baptist pastor, asked for a change to the resolution so that only … Continue reading Some Prayers Not Allowed
Republican candidate Ben Carson stirred up some press when he suggested that there should be a religious test for public office — or at least for the highest public office, anyway: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said in an interview televised on NBC’s “Meet the … Continue reading A Religious Test for the Highest Public Office?
A Senate committee is calling for a certification process for imams, as a way of fighting terrorism in Canada: “In a report issued Wednesday, the Senate security and defence committee said some foreign-trained imams have been spreading extremist religious ideology and messages that are not in keeping with Canadian values, contributing to radicalization. It calls … Continue reading Values-focused certification process for religious leaders? Canadian Senate says yes! Sort of.
While this isn’t related to religious freedom, it is inspiring and worth noting. A Muslim community has: “… managed to raise just under $30,000 – money that will be used to help up to seven churches that were destroyed in the American south in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting and the campaign against the … Continue reading To Charleston, With Love
On June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim woman when they denied her employment because she wished to wear her head scarf at work. The court decided that the ban infringed upon her religious freedom. You would think that this would be welcome news to people who are … Continue reading The Head Scarf is Mightier than the AK-47
A brief follow-up to an earlier post, care of Raw Story: “The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix said it was hosting a gathering that includes a multi-faith prayer service and speakers to “show that when one of us is mistreated, our community responds with a message of Love and Not Hate…” Some 200 people showed … Continue reading Follow-up: Anti-Muslim Demonstration in Phoenix
Can you imagine the furor if armed Muslims started surrounding churches before services were to begin? The Washington Post reports: “About 250 mostly armed anti-Muslim demonstrators — many wearing T-shirts bearing a profanity-laced message denouncing Islam — faced-off against a roughly equally sized crowd defending the faith in front of a Phoenix mosque Friday night. … Continue reading Hundreds of Anti-Muslim Demonstrators Surround Phoenix Mosque