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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

Two U.S. Towns Being Sued for Discrimination This Week for Refusing Permits to Mosques – World Religion News

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILES DISCRIMINATION CASES AGAINST U.S. TOWNS FOR DENYING MOSQUES.

The city of Sterling Heights, Michigan is facing a legal suit due to the rejection of a plea by the area’s Muslims to build a mosque. The U.S. Department of Justice has called this discriminatory decision an infringement of the Muslims’ constitutional rights and has filed a case in a U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Source: Two U.S. Towns Being Sued for Discrimination This Week for Refusing Permits to Mosques – World Religion News

Churches Drop Anti-LGBT Lawsuit Against Massachusetts Transgender Law – World Religion News

CHURCHES WITHDRAW LAWSUIT AFTER CLARIFICATION THAT TRANSGENDER PROTECTION LAW DOES NOT VIOLATE THEIR RIGHTS OR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

In October 2016, four Massachusetts churches represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom group sued the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and members of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The lawsuit arose from the new Massachusetts transgender anti-discrimination law. In their submission to the court, the four churches stated that the law violated their religious freedom by requiring them to allow transgender individuals to use bathrooms and changing rooms conforming to their gender identity. That lawsuit has now been withdrawn following clarification from the Attorney General’s office.

Source: Churches Drop Anti-LGBT Lawsuit Against Massachusetts Transgender Law – World Religion News

For Muslims at Ohio State, unease and fears of a backlash after terrifying attack | WWRN – World-wide Religious News

Columbus, Ohio — Holding red and white carnations and swaying, arm-in-arm, Ohio State students sang their alma mater at an interfaith gathering of Muslims and Christians late Tuesday, a moment of reflection after violent chaos.

Source: For Muslims at Ohio State, unease and fears of a backlash after terrifying attack | WWRN – World-wide Religious News

Thousands gather for Walk With Mary in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

WASHINGTON – People on the sidewalks of Washington momentarily stopped their holiday shopping and paused in the cold on December 10 to take in the sight of hundreds of pilgrims processing through the streets alongside images of Mary. The feast brings together people of all ages and backgrounds, but it is a particularly special event for the Hispanic Catholic community.

Source: Thousands gather for Walk With Mary in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe