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Limits On Liberty?: Nearly 20 Percent Of Americans Think Religion Should Not Be The Subject Of Satire

In the wake of a terrorist attack in Paris that resulted in the murder of 12 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a lot of people on this side of the Atlantic are wondering what limits, if any, should be placed on our freedom to mock religion. Read more

Georgia Justice?: City Officials Grant Special Zoning Exemptions To A Church But Reject A Mosque

A Georgia city council has rejected a zoning request for a mosque, despite previously approving a similar request for a Christian church.

The Kennesaw City Council voted 4-1 to deny the Suffa Dawat congregation a permit for a storefront worship space. Council members cited concerns about traffic, but congregants argued that the space would have simply acted as a temporary home during the construction of a permanent mosque. Read more

History Hysteria: Md. Dad Flips Out Over Daughter’s High School Study Of Islam

When an extremist dad found out his daughter had received an assignment to learn about the rise of Islam in history, he got more than a little upset. In fact, he went so far as to threaten the school.

The Maryland Independent in Charles County reported last week that Kevin Wood, a former corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, was slapped with a no-trespassing order after he made vague threats over the phone to La Plata High School Vice Principal Shannon Morris. Read more

Shooting Her Mouth Off: Ark. Firing Range Owner Announces ‘Muslim-Free’ Zone

An Arkansas woman has declared her gun range a “Muslim-free zone.” Jan Morgan, proprietor of The Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range, announced the change on the business’ Facebook page; as justification, she cited the “strange behavior” of two recent patrons Morgan assumed to be of Middle Eastern descent.
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Mosque Mess: U.S. Government Sues Minn. Town Over Islamic Center Rejection

A Minnesota town is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for denying a zoning permit to a mosque.

Members of the Abu Huraira Islamic Center claim they were unconstitutionally denied the permit by the city of St. Anthony in 2012. On Wednesday, the DOJ agreed.

Speaking at a press conference about the suit, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lugar didn’t mince words.  Read more

Religious Freedom For All: Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case Against Tennessee Mosque

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case against the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM), the target of antagonistic legal action from community residents since 2010.

Plaintiffs had claimed that Rutherford County officials failed to give the community adequate public notice prior to the ICM’s construction -- if true, this would constitute a minor violation of county ordinances. But the plaintiffs failed to prove this violation actually occurred, and there’s strong evidence suggesting their concerns have been fuelled by virulent anti-Muslim prejudice, not facts. Read more

Fischer’s Fantasy: American Family Association Official Claims States Can Ban Islam

Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association (AFA), makes it a point to say something offensive pretty much every day.

Fischer first came to Americans United’s attention back in 2009, when he told attendees of the Religious Right’s “Values Voter Summit” that Adolf Hitler invented the separation of church and state. Read more

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