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Separation between church and... plate? Restaurants land in hot water over religion-related discounts
The North Carolina restaurant made the national news over the weekend after a picture of a receipt showing the diner's prayer discount went viral. (Deseret News)
Putin wants monasteries, church rebuilt inside Kremlin
Putin has cultivated strong ties with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, adopting more conservative policies and prompting some critics to suggest the line separating state and church has become blurred. (Reuters)
Supreme Court will hear Gilbert church-sign case
Gilbert's prolonged legal battle with a small Presbyterian church over religious signs is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral arguments likely to start later this year. (AZCentral)
CRIMEA: Old and new place of worship problems, Greek Catholic clergy restrictions - 27 June 2014
Crimean officials deny that a decree which will lead to a substantial rise in the rent the Kiev Patriarchate Ukrainian Orthodox Church pays on its nearly 20-year-old cathedral in the Crimean capital Simferopol is a targeted move. Sevastopol's Roman Catholic community is less optimistic since March about being able to regain its historic church. It lodged a European Court of Human Rights case over earlier denials in 2001. Greek Catholic priests from elsewhere in Ukraine can serve in Crimea only for three months in any four. All 1,546 religious communities with Ukrainian registration will have to re-register under Russian law.
A City Split Over the Mixture of Church and Sausage
An innocent Wisconsin brats festival has turned into a dispute over abortion and evangelicals. (The New York Times)
Mayor Allows Religious Services in Public-School Buildings
"Grace Fellowship Church, which meets at Public School 150 in the Sunnyside section of Queens, was one of about 30 churches facing eviction after a U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision earlier this month upheld the city's right to bar them from worshiping in public schools on weekends." (Wall Street Journal)
Christians Form Human Shield Around Church in China's 'Jerusalem' -
Thousands of Chinese Christians have mounted an extraordinary, round-the-clock defence of a church in a city known as the 'Jerusalem of the East' after Communist Party officials threatened to bulldoze their place of worship. (The Daily Beast)
Religion Clause: Religious Non-Profits Win Injunction Against Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Opt-Out Rules
A Georgia federal district court permanently enjoined the government from requiring Catholic Education of North Georgia and Atlanta Catholic Charities to execute and deliver a self-certification form to the third-party administrator of their health care plans. (Religion Clause)
Idaho rep tackles faith healing after child deaths - WorldWide Religious News
After several recent child deaths, an Idaho lawmaker wants to follow Oregon's lead and require parents to seek medical help for kids suffering from potentially fatal conditions — even if their religion frowns on it.
Unclear how Ohio religious-freedom bill fits with church-state divide | The Columbus Dispatch
"If the U.S. Constitution is the highest law of the land, can a state law rise above it?"
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How Gaza’s Christians View the Hamas-Israeli Conflict
How Gaza’s Christians View the Hamas-Israeli Conflict
Baptist pastor Hanna Massad speaks openly about what he sees happening as he helps to shelter Gaza’s Christians and others during the current conflict.
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