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Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

FARGO – The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit on December 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect January 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Source: Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

Muslims, Jews work together to help central Ohio refugees

When Charlie Breyfogle saw an image of Aylan Kurdi, a dead Syrian boy lying on a beach, something clicked for the Bexley 13-year-old.

“I thought, ‘This could have been me,'” Charlie said. That thought is part of what prompted him take his Bar Mitzvah Torah reading a few steps beyond just relating it to a real-life event. He began working to help Syrian refugees in the Columbus area.

Source: Muslims, Jews work together to help central Ohio refugees

For Pope Francis, A Year Of Reconciliation Abroad Amid Opposition At Home : Parallels : NPR

Pope Francis turned 80 this month, at the end of what has been a busy year.

He made six foreign trips and oversaw many events and ceremonies with millions of pilgrims throughout what he proclaimed the Holy Year of Mercy. The year was also marked by the pope’s efforts to heal divisions within the Christian world and tackle dissension within Catholicism.

Source: For Pope Francis, A Year Of Reconciliation Abroad Amid Opposition At Home : Parallels : NPR

Is Christmas still a religious holiday?

Christmas is more than just a religious holiday.

As the Pew Research Center found in 2013, about 81 percent of non-Christians celebrate Christmas in the United States. That includes people without religion, Buddhists, Hindus and American Jews. In fact, close to one-third of Jewish people (32 percent) have a Christmas tree in their homes during the December months, according to Pew.

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President Obama Signs Bill Specifically Granting Atheists Protection Against Persecution – World Religion News

THE FRANK R. WOLF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT WILL NOT ONLY PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE RELIGIOUS, BUT OF THE NON-RELIGIOUS TOO AND PREVENT HARASSMENT OF ATHEISTS.

Atheists, humanists, and other freethinkers will finally be given official protection against harassment by the U.S. government. This has been made possible after U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. The updated Act will not only benefit religious minorities in America, but will also enable the government to intervene in cases of persecution of religious minorities all over the world.

Source: President Obama Signs Bill Specifically Granting Atheists Protection Against Persecution – World Religion News

Dispute Over Proposed Muslim Cemetery in Massachusetts Town Deepens | WWRN – World-wide Religious News

Boston — A dispute over a proposed Muslim cemetery in a small Central Massachusetts town is deepening, as the state attorney general and the U.S. attorney’s office have intervened, warning local officials they could be violating civil-rights laws.

Source: Dispute Over Proposed Muslim Cemetery in Massachusetts Town Deepens | WWRN – World-wide Religious News