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Kosher? Historic ruling lets Israeli diners decide

JERUSALEM (RNS) — For decades, Israeli restaurateurs who served kosher food but who did not want to submit to the authority of the stringent Chief Rabbinate risked being shut down at a moment’s notice. That’s about to change, thanks to a recent landmark decision by the country’s highest court. On Sept. 12 the High Court of Justice ruled that although the rabbinate is and will remain the only body empowered to issue a kashrut, or kosher food, certificate, restaurants may inform diners of the kashrut standards they keep. It will be up to the individual diner to decide whether...

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Nashville church shooting: What happens when violence invades sacred spaces

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (USA Today Network)  — The deadly shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ is just the latest place of worship to be targeted by violence. The Sunday (Sept. 24) shooting that left one woman dead and seven others injured conjures up memories of high-profile attacks, like the June 2015 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine dead. Other recent attacks have included the August 2012 shooting at a Sikh Temple outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin that killed six people. Then there are Civil Rights-era attacks on churches, such as the four girls who died when a bomb exploded in September 1963...

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Study finds Saudi government still tolerates hate speech

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi government continues to tolerate hate speech by some clerics against minority groups, while public school textbooks in the kingdom still include language that discriminates against other forms of worship, a new study by Human Rights Watch said. The New York-based watchdog says that despite reform efforts and strong condemnation of attacks against Shiite citizens, Saudi officials have not acted to stamp out hate speech by state-affiliated clerics and government agencies. The Human Rights Watch report, titled “They Are Not Our Brothers: Hate Speech by Saudi Officials,” said the Saudi state has permitted government-appointed Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Witch doctors are sacrificing children in this drought-stricken African country

A child eats a biscuit in the town of Kataba near Kampala, Uganda, on Aug. 22, 2017. Children here live in constant fear of being kidnapped and sacrificed. Kidnappers or witch doctors have been accused of using biscuits and soda to seduce children. Photo by Doreen Ajiambo KATABI, Uganda (RNS) — Jackline Mukisa sobbed as she described how her 8-year-old son was found in a nearby swamp in February without teeth, lips, ears and genitals. “My innocent son died a painful death,” said Mukisa, 28. “How could somebody intend to murder my son?” A motorcyclist offered John Lubega a...

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Church used unemployment scam to stoke funds, ex-members say

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Randy Fields’ construction company faced potential ruin because of the cratering economy, he pleaded with his pastor at Word of Faith Fellowship church to reduce the amount of money he was required to tithe every week. To his shock, Fields said church founder Jane Whaley proposed a divine plan that would allow him to continue contributing at least 10 percent of his income to the secretive evangelical church while helping his company survive: He would file fraudulent unemployment claims on behalf of his employees. She called it, he said, “God’s plan.” Fields and 10 other former Read More At Article Source | Article...

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