Month – March 2011

DOJ sues on behalf of Muslim teacher

A first-year suburban Chicago school teacher asked for a three-week unpaid leave-of-absence to travel to Mecca for Hajj. The district said “no.” So the teacher quit her job, went to Saudi Arabia, and then lawyered up. Now, the Department of Justice has gotten involved, alleging that the district failed to make a “reasonable accommodation” for […]

Megachurches keep growing

In 2000, the 100 largest churches in the United States all had average weekly attendance of 4,000 people or more. In 2010, only churches with average weekly attendance of 8,000 or more made the 100 largest churches list, according to megachurch researcher John N. Vaughan. About half the churches on the list (49 percent) are […]

U.S. Supreme Court sides with Fred Phelps

Funeral pickets are constitutionally-protected speech, nation’s high court declares in 8-1 ruling. So who voted against Phelps? Justice Samuel Alito. “Respondents’ [Phelps'] outrageous conduct caused petitioner great injury, and the Court now compounds that injury by depriving petitioner of a judgment that acknowledges the wrong he suffered. In order to have a society in which […]

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