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Black churches more accepting of gays, study finds

According to a new survey, overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in the country’s religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but declined in Catholic congregations. Duke University’s National Congregations Study found the trend by interviewing representatives from 1,331 congregations in the country. 

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Church denies family funeral because man was gay

  Julie Atwood was standing at her son’s casket when the phone rang. New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, the place where her son’s funeral was to be held the following day, was on the other line. What they told her was shocking.

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Woman files lawsuit against Planet Fitness over religious head covering

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An Albuquerque woman has filed a lawsuit against Planet Fitness for barring her from entering the gym. The reason? Her head covering that she wears as part of her Muslim faith. 

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Oregon law allows students to miss up to 5 hours of school for religion

According to an Oregon state law, students can miss up to 5 hours of classroom time a week for religious instruction. PREP4Kids is one of the programs that teaches children non-denominational Christian lessons during released-time.  

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Philadelphia school district accused of discrimination against hair

A Philadelphia school district has been accused by the Department of Justice of discriminating against an employee who said he couldn’t trim his beard for religious reasons. The lawsuit, filed by the Justice department, alleges the School District of Philadelphia instituted a grooming policy preventing school security officers from having beards more than a quarter […]

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Kansas bill that allows refusal of service to gay couples denied by Senate

Kansas’ state Senate will not pass a bill in its current form that would legalize discrimination against gay couples in the state. The bill, which was approved by the House, would prevent lawsuits against someone who refuses to provide services to members of the LGBT community for religious reasons. 

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Documentary explores homophobia in black community

A new documentary is exploring a very rampant but taboo topic in the black community. The New Black, directed by Yoruba Richen, tells the story of how the African-American community deals with gay rights in light of the same-sex marriage movement. 

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Pastor sexually assaulted girls to ‘rid them of demons’

A Minnesota pastor has been charged with sexually assaulting two young girls. Jacoby Kindred, a minister in Maplewood, Minnesota is denying any wrongdoing, adding that “the devil” was in the victims.

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Lawmakers in Oklahoma seek to reinstate prayer in schools with Christmas, Hanukah bills

In an attempt to reinstate religion in schools, Oklahoma lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow teachers to educate students about Christmas and Hanukkah, and would have public schools observe “traditional winter celebrations.”

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Gay pastor who resigned amid marriage admission starts new church

Last month, we broke news that Bishop Allyson Abrams had resigned as pastor of Zion Progressive Baptist Church. The news came after Abrams informed her congregation that she was in fact married to a woman, and cited negative attention on the church as a reason for her departure. Now, the Detroit minister is starting a […]

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