Tag: Religion

Orthodox, Eruv, Ameren, Champaign-Urbana

Orthodox Jews in Champaign-Urbana Illinois Construct Eruv With Help of Mayor, Volunteers and Ameren

The small but active Orthodox Jewish community of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., had a problem: The area did not have the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the observant religious community during its celebration of Shabbat. Many Orthodox families were not sending their children to the local University of Illinois, and those Orthodox Jewish…

Southern Baptists Condemn 'Alt-Right White Supremacy'

The Southern Baptist Convention officially condemned “alt-right white supremacy” on Wednesday a day after an original resolution was shot down. “[We] decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” the resolution states. Further, members agreed that they “denounce and repudiate white…

Republicans Urge Trump to Enact Discriminatory Executive Order

House and Senate Republicans are calling on President Donald Trump to sign a “religious freedom” executive order that was leaked last month but has not yet been put into effect. The proposed order, “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” would legalize discrimination based on religious beliefs “without suffering…

N.C. Republicans Seek to Ban Gay Marriage

Still reeling on the backlash from its discriminatory “bathroom bill,” North Carolina is back with yet another attack on the LGBT community. Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, all Republicans, on Tuesday filed House Bill 780, or the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” that would not only ban gay…

Muhammad Ali Jr. Detained at Florida Airport 'Because I'm Muslim'

Muhammad Ali Jr., son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, said he was detained at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida after being questioned about his religion. Muhammad Ali Ali was born in Philadelphia, has a United States passport and has no prior criminal history, yet he was stopped and held…

Trump's 'Unconstitutional' Immigration Ban Defies Moral, Legal Norms

The White House has ignored democratic norms in the implementation of its Muslim-focused immigration ban, including ignoring federal court orders and instructing federal agencies, such as U.S. Customs, not to speak with members of Congress. Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia on Sunday condemned the executive…

Trump's Chief of Staff: Won't 'Rule out' a Muslim Registry

Reince Priebus, President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff, made numerous contradictory remarks regarding requiring Muslims to register in a national database. During an interview for “Meet the Press” Sunday, when host Chuck Todd asked if Priebus has ruled out a registry as a possibility, Priebus said that nothing was off…