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Since Trump's Election, Sanctuary Churches Have Doubled - World Religion News

January 22, 2017
MORE CHURCHES HAVE BECOME SANCTUARIES FOR MUSLIMS AFTER TRUMP WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER. A coalition of faith communities referred to as the PICO National Network reported that the number of church sanctuaries offering refuge to people under threat of being deported from the U.S. has grown to 800. This comes in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, after he campaigned on anti-immigrant rhetoric and promised to deport 2-3 million immigrants as soon as he came into power. The faith communities are largely Christian but have signaled intent to...
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Muslims, Jews work together to help central Ohio refugees

January 1, 2017
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.

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

December 18, 2016
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...
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Religion and Education Around the World

December 15, 2016
Jews are more highly educated than any other major religious group around the world, while Muslims and Hindus tend to have the fewest years of formal schooling, according to a Pew Research Center global demographic study that shows wide disparities in average educational levels among religious groups.

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How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis | Pew Research Center

November 14, 2016
The 2016 presidential exit polling reveals little change in the political alignments of U.S. religious groups. Those who supported Republican candidates in recent elections, such as white born-again or evangelical Christians and white Catholics, strongly supported Donald Trump as well. Groups that traditionally backed Democratic candidates, including religious “nones,” Hispanic Catholics and Jews, were firmly in Hillary Clinton’s corner.

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Does “Religious Freedom” Deserve Scare Quotes? | Religion Dispatches

October 21, 2016
As a seasoned editor and journalist who spent her career reporting on marginalized communities, I’m generally wary about the use of so-called scare quotes in writing intended for a broad audience. Placing a legitimate phrase or concept in quotes is the textual equivalent of adding air quotes and rolling one’s eyes—like when we talk about Donald Trump’s support for so-called traditional marriage. (He’s such a proponent of the Biblical definition of marriage he’s been married three times, after all!)

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