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Switzerland Votes No on Burqa Ban – World Religion News

SWISS GOVERNMENT REJECTS BURQA BAN.

An initiative to ban niqabs and burqas by Swiss People’s party, a right-wing political party, has been rejected by the Swiss upper parliament. The clothes in question are generally worn by Muslim women; it covers their full body and face. The debate over such coverings has gathered widespread cultural tensions in a few European regions. The vote by Council of State went 26 to 9 against the measure. Interestingly, Ticino, an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, had pushed in a ban on wearing burqas in 2016. There were four abstentions. The Swiss lower house passed the draft bill by one vote previously.

Source: Switzerland Votes No on Burqa Ban – World Religion News

New Trump Travel Ban is Still a Muslim Ban – World Religion News

TRUMP’S REVISED EXECUTIVE ORDER BANS IMMIGRANTS FROM SIX MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES.

A new ban on travel to the United States was signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 7. Officials of the Trump administration hope the latest step will end all legal challenges concerning the matter. The travel ban is valid for 90 days. It stops new visa assurance of six nations, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Yemen and Somalia. Other than stopping travel for people arriving in the United States from these countries, it also does away with refugee program followed at present by the United States. The program will have 120 days suspension. The U.S. will now accept only 50,000 refugees per year. This number is much less than the Obama’s 110,000 cap.

Source: New Trump Travel Ban is Still a Muslim Ban – World Religion News

Protestant and Orthodox churches announce campaign to welcome refugees | WWRN – World-wide Religious News

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ARE COMING FORWARD TO DEFY THE GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS.

Refuting Donald Trump’s decisions on banning migrants, a network of Protestant and Orthodox churches are mobilizing their congregations to provide support and shelter to refugees. The church leaders have called on their congregants to stand against President Trump’s orders on banning refugees and building a wall across the U.S.-Mexican border and to lobby the president and the congress members who implement such plans.

Source: Protestant and Orthodox churches announce campaign to welcome refugees | WWRN – World-wide Religious News

J.K. Rowling’s Tweet Bumps Muslim Fundraiser for Vandalized Jewish Cemetery Over $100,000 – World Religion News

MUSLIM-AMERICANS RAISE OVER $100,000 TO REPAIR VANDALIZED HISTORIC JEWISH CEMETERY.Despite Donald Trump’s repeated assurances that his government would tackle the problem of anti-Semitism, American Jews were aghast to wake up one morning to find almost 200 tombstones in the Jewish cemetery at St. Louis vandalized.

Source: J.K. Rowling’s Tweet Bumps Muslim Fundraiser for Vandalized Jewish Cemetery Over $100,000 – World Religion News

Christians in the pew and pulpit diverge over Trump policies on refugees | Religion News Service

(RNS) After President Trump signed a sweeping executive order on immigration and refugee resettlement, the Christian response seemed unambiguous.Statements condemning the action came from Christian leaders and groups considered both conservative and progressive, evangelical and mainline, Catholic and Protestant ­– Christians who otherwise might disagree on any number of political or theological issues.

Source: Christians in the pew and pulpit diverge over Trump policies on refugees | Religion News Service

Citing Trump, evangelical agency that resettles refugees to lay off 140 staffers, close five locations – The Washington Post

One of the nine U.S. organizations that work with the United Nation’s refugee program announced Wednesday that it will lay off about 140 staff members and close five offices that have resettled more than 25,000 refugees.

Source: Citing Trump, evangelical agency that resettles refugees to lay off 140 staffers, close five locations – The Washington Post