It's been a lovely morning working from home. With the plumber. Fixing the leak in the basement. The leak of sewage. So yeah, there's commentary—but it's not on religion, and you don't want to hear it. Meanwhile, here's today's religion news links.

Religious speech:

  • Police to probe pastor's Islam outburst | Police today launched an investigation into comments by a Norwich religious leader branding Islam "an evil religion" (Evening News, Norwich, England)
  • Also: Police probe pastor's BNP comments | Police are to investigate the comments of a Norfolk religious leader who branded Islam evil (EDP24, Norfolk)
  • Federal judge blesses couple's religious tiles | Court rules Arizona school district unfairly restricted Paul and Ann Seidman's religious speech by not allowing them to use words 'God bless' on commemorative tiles (Associated Press)

Too loud churches:

  • Church concedes to worship less loudly | Leaders of a Kalihi church say their 5 a.m. worship service six days a week reflects the congregation's Korean culture, which has a tradition of early-morning worship. Some neighbors, however, say the joyful noise is a nuisance so early in the morning (Honolulu Advertiser)
  • Police ticket church after noise gripes | Elgin police ticketed a pastor at the Mision Apostolica Church for violating the city's noise ordinance during Sunday afternoon services (Chicago Sun-Times)

Banning home worship:

  • Worship conflict heats up | The banning of a worship group from the Savanna Club is a violation of federal fair housing rules, a lawyer representing the worshippers said (Stuart News, Fla.)
  • Worshipers complain to U.S. about Savanna Club board | About 100 residents of the Savanna Club retirement community in Port St. Lucie have filed federal complaints against the homeowners association's board of directors, claiming the board violated the Fair Housing Act when members voted last month to ban religious services in the community's common areas (Palm Beach Post)
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