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Judge upholds Mobile’s effort to block Buddhist center – al.com

Several years ago, the Thai Meditation Center of Alabama Inc. filed suit against the city and its Planning Commission, which had denied an application to build on Eloong Drive near Dog River. Early phases of the dispute involved neighbors’ complaints about zoning issues and possible traffic problems, but the conflict grew to include charges that the city was holding the Buddhist center to one standard while allowing other religion-affiliated organizations much more latitude to build churches, schools and other facilities

Source: Judge upholds Mobile’s effort to block Buddhist center – al.com

Justices Sharply Divided in Gay Rights Case

The Supreme Court entered the latest battleground in the culture wars on Tuesday, hearing arguments in a hard-fought clash between gay rights and claims of religious freedom that was a sort of sequel to the court’s 2015 decision establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Missouri church wins playground case in Supreme Court | Political Fix | stltoday.com

WASHINGTON • In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court overturned lower courts Monday and decided in favor of a Columbia, Mo., church, that had argued that its constitutional rights had been violated by the state Department of Natural Resources’ denial of scrap rubber for its playground.

Source: Missouri church wins playground case in Supreme Court | Political Fix | stltoday.com

Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, unanimously rejecting the administration’s claim of presidential authority, questioning its motives and concluding that the order was unlikely to survive legal challenges.

Source: Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban

A Prison Class in African Religion Attracts Students Beyond Its Walls – The New York Times

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — In many ways, the class that met here Tuesday night could be in any university in the United States. There were desks arranged in a circle to facilitate discussion. There were student presentations based on dense readings. And there was the faint buzzing from the fluorescent lights overhead.

Source: A Prison Class in African Religion Attracts Students Beyond Its Walls – The New York Times