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Freedom of Religion

Quebec judge reportedly denies woman hearing until hijab removed

A Quebec judge told a Muslim woman appearing in a Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case until she removed her head scarf, CBC news reported on Thursday.

The broadcaster, citing an audio recording it obtained of the proceedings, said Judge Eliana Marengo was heard telling Rania El-Alloul on Tuesday that the courtroom is a secular place, and that she was not suitably dressed.

"Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don't see why scarves on the head would be either," Marengo says in the recording.

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Southern Baptist affiliate may expel church for performing same-sex 'wedding'

An Alabama church may lose its Southern Baptist affiliation after one of its lay ministers performed a same-sex "wedding" ceremony for a lesbian couple.

Ellin Jimmerson, a doctor of theology who was ordained as an unpaid "minister to the community" at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church several years ago, made headlines by "marrying" Yashinari Effinger and Adrian Thomas.

The ceremony, which took place on February 9, was the first event of Huntsville's "Wedding Week" - a series of high-profile nuptials performed pro bono by gay-friendly clergy. The "marriages" were set into motion after Madison County's probate judge refused to allow same-sex "weddings" in the courthouse following a federal court decision striking down the state's marriage protection laws.

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LGBT Community: If You Believe Christians Mistreat You Then Consider How ISIS Reacts to Those 'Accused' of Homosexuality

Intolerance. Hatred. Bigotry. Oppression. Violation of human rights. Religious extremism. Evil.

These are words that I see used by Americans, both gay and straight, to describe the Church's stance on sexuality, everyday. These are words that I see fill my email inbox describing my character because of my biblical stance on sexuality, everyday. These are words that I see the Western LGBT community hang like a banner over all things associated with the person and teaching of Jesus Christ, every day.

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Judge rules Newfoundland discriminated against marriage commissioner who refused to do gay 'weddings'

A Supreme Court judge in Newfoundland says the province discriminated against a marriage commissioner who was forced to resign in 2005 after she refused to conduct same-sex "weddings."

Newfoundland Supreme Court Justice Alphonsus E. Faour said that the province's conduct was "a prima facie case of religious discrimination" on the basis of Desiree A. Dichmont's religious beliefs.

In his February 9 ruling, he ordered the province's Human Rights Tribunal to give a full hearing to a complaint by Dichmont complaint that the province violated her religious and conscience rights.

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Duke Reverses Plan to Sound Muslim Call to Prayer From Chapel Bell Tower

Duke University has reversed its plan to sound the Muslim call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower.

Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, said "it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect."

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