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Around The World: Pakistani Court Official Says Employees Must Pray

A judge has ruled that court employees in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) must offer daily Muslim prayers inside and outside the court or they won’t receive annual raises.

The Pakistani newspaper the Express Tribune reported that Chief Justice Ibrahim Zia has ordered that all employees take part in the prayers five times per day. He said workers “would be secretly checked by the court,” although he didn’t clarify how they would be monitored outside of the office. As top judge, Zia would be leading many of the prayers within the court. 

Government Support For Religious Intolerance: A Bad Idea At Home And Abroad

Some religious schools teach intolerance. This is an unpleasant fact, but it must be acknowledged.

There are fundamentalist Christian academies that bash gay people with impunity, mock other religions and promote inaccurate and exclusionary “Christian nation” views of American history. Some ultra-orthodox Catholic schools tell students that anyone outside the true faith is hell bound.