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Georgia Senate Passes Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill; Mississippi House Advances Anti-Gay Legislation

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On Friday, the Republican-majority Georgia Senate passed a bill to allow legal discrimination of gays and lesbians as part of “religious freedom.”  The bill, which passed 38 to 14 along party lines, would allow for faith-based organizations to refuse service to same-sex couples. The bill, which is a hybrid of …

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Martin Alan Schnitzler Pleads Guilty For Hate Crimes Against Muslims, Faces Max 20 Years

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The Justice Department has announced that Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, pleaded guilty to “obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs” in the Middle District of Florida for a Nov. 13, 2015 hate crime against Muslims.  He is responsible for calling two mosques located in Pinellas County, Florida to make …

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Christian Professor Suspended In December For Statements Of Solidarity With Muslims Will Resign From Wheaton College

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Larycia Hawkins, the Christian professor suspended by Wheaton College for wearing hijab out of solidarity with the Muslim women who face discrimination in the Christmas season, will not be returning to work. In December 2015, Hawkins was put on leave after making the following statement on her Facebook page along …

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Indiana One Step Closer To Passing Hate Crime Bill

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Indiana Senate Bill 220 passed the senate 34-16 and will now advance to the state House. This bill would offer the possibility of judges to impose harsher sentences to convicted criminals whose actions targeted victims based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry or sexual orientation. Indiana …

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Christian homeschool movement leader accused by 10 women of rape, sexual assault

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For decades Bill Gothard was the influential leader of a Christian homeschool movement that drew in conservative Christian families such as the Duggars from “19 Kids and Counting.”  The now 81-year old resigned in 2014 after being accused by 30 women including minors of sexual harassment and molestation.  On Wednesday 10 …

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Churches and mosques are beefing up security across the U.S.A.

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2015 has been a frightening year for religious congregations of all kinds, between the recent vandalism and threats toward mosques to the June massacre in a historically black church.  Before the holidays bring the highest number of attendees into the nation’s Christian churches, leaders are seeking to hire police officers, …

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