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All South Dakota Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs 

The ACLU is yet to receive any feedback about this development. Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota signed Senate Bill 55 on March 19 requiring all public schools in the state to display in a prominent place the sign “In God We Trust” starting next school year. She also signed another bill which will allow […]

Source: All South Dakota Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs – World Religion News

Fire reveals religious intolerance and community strength

Last week a fire at Laughingbrook Spellcrafting & Ancestral Arts (LBSCAA) that was the result of faulty wiring and poor maintenance allegedly on the part the building’s owner and management has brought to light some religious intolerance within the Huntersville, North Carolina community.The fire started in the space of above the ceiling of LBSCAA and did little damage to the structure. Unfortunately, the contents of the store were affected by water damage when the fire was doused by firefighters.[court

Source: Fire reveals religious intolerance and community strength | The Wild Hunt

‘This is about equality’: Muslim couple produces braille Quran in English 

When Yadira Thabatah converted to Islam 13 years ago from Catholicism, she was eager to learn everything she could about her new religion. The only thing slowing Yadira down was that the 34-year-old mother of three living in Fort Worth, Tex., was born blind. When she and her husband, 33-year-old Nadir Thabatah, who is legally blind but has partial vision, looked for high-quality, English-language resources that she could read, they found nothing. So in 2017, she and Nadir decided it was time for some DIY

Source: ‘This is about equality’: Muslim couple produces braille Quran in English – Religion News Service

We the (faithful) People: A coalition of religious groups is pushing to redefine faith in Colorado politics 

coalition of faith groups is showing up at the state capitol every Tuesday and taking on two big tasks: Pushing legislators for policy that reflects their values and trying to redefine the political voice of the faithful in Colorado. At the launch of Faithful Tuesdays in February, prayers from a Reform rabbi and a Unitarian pastor caused the heads of those gathered to bow, and short sermon-style speeches from a Catholic priest and an African Methodist Episcopal layperson echoed around the grand halls on th

Source: We the (faithful) People: A coalition of religious groups is pushing to redefine faith in Colorado politics – The Colorado Sun

Well For Culture Seeks To Bring Indigenous Wellness Into The Modern Day 

As a 20-something living in New York City, Chelsea Luger tried out more fitness classes than you can imagine.”I really should have started a blog about that,” she laughs on a call to mbg. But when Luger started to think a little more critically about where this passion for movement was coming from, an idea for a much larger project began to take shape.”One day it clicked that there’s a direct connection between my interest in fitness and my traditional culture,” says Luger, a Native American who grew up

Source: Well For Culture Seeks To Bring Indigenous Wellness Into The Modern Day – mindbodygreen

Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons

Muslim prisoners in Arkansas have sued the state’s prison system for requiring them to attend a combined Friday prayer service with members of the Nation of Islam and Nation of Gods and Earths. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights advocacy group, filed the lawsuit Mar. 1 against the Arkansas Department of Correction on behalf of Tucker Maximum Security Unit inmates Gregory Houston Holt, Rodney Martin and Wayde Stewart. Though the three groups, which overlap in their histories a

Source: Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons – Religion News Service