Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters orders Bible taught in schools: Oklahoma will require schools to teach the Bible and have a copy in every classroom ...
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Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters orders Bible taught in schools
Quick Glance: US state mandates Bible teaching in public schools
  • The highest education official in the central US state of Oklahoma ordered public schools to teach the Bible, sparking controversy and fueling cultural divisions among Americans.

  • The announcement came a week after the Republican governor of Louisiana signed a law requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms.

  • The US Constitution's First Amendment prohibits the establishment of a national religion or the preference of one religion over another, emphasizing the separation of church and state as a fundamental principle.

  • The Louisiana law is facing legal challenges, and the Oklahoma guidance is likely to follow suit.
Opinion | Your Religious Values Are Not American Values: Christian nationalists aim to impose their beliefs on others.
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Opinion | Your Religious Values Are Not American Values
Quick Glance: Religious Values and American Values
  • Politicians often follow unsettling statements after citing "Judeo-Christian values."

  • Examples of embedding Christian nationalism in state laws were discussed.

  • Attempts to teach the Bible and the Ten Commandments in public schools were critically examined.

  • The discussion on the compatibility of religious and secular values in a pluralistic country was deepened.
Oklahoma’s superintendent orders public schools to teach the Bible – relying on controversial views about religious freedom
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Oklahoma’s superintendent orders public schools to teach the Bible – ...
Satanists volunteer in Florida schools in defiance of DeSantis’ ‘more God in classroom’ bill
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Satanists volunteer in Florida schools in defiance of DeSantis’ ‘more God ...
The recent hijab ban in Tajikistan didn't surprise its people, given the country's long-standing absence of religious freedom ... Show more

Tajikistan's hijab ban latest in decades-long religious freedom violations
Ban on face coverings at the wheel: no exception for Muslims: A Muslim woman wanted permission to drive with a niqab on the grounds of religious freedom ...
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Ban on face coverings at the wheel: no exception for Muslims
PARLIAMENT | A PAS MP debating the Suhakam annual report on issues surrounding the right to freedom of religion said the human rights commission should base ... Show more

Freedom of religion: Refer to syariah principles, PAS MP tells Suhakam
Louisiana Ten Commandments law raises preferential treatment concerns: Christians and Jews believe in the Ten Commandments — just not necessarily the version ...
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Louisiana Ten Commandments law raises preferential treatment concerns
Some legislators lean into religion in public education as Supreme Court leans right
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Some legislators lean into religion in public education as Supreme Court ...
Damning US report cites religious violence on India's minorities under Modi: In a rare direct rebuke of India, top US diplomat Antony Blinken says America ...
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Damning US report cites religious violence on India's minorities ...
#India lashed out at a #UnitedStates government report on religious freedom in the country, calling it ‘deeply biased’ adding that it lacks understanding of the ... Show more

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Republicans hail Trump immunity ruling as Democrats warn ‘we will not have a democracy’
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Republicans hail Trump immunity ruling as Democrats warn ‘we will not have ...
Quick Glance: Fact Check: Trump’s Misrepresentation of Supreme Court Ruling
  • Trump inaccurately claimed that the Supreme Court's ruling on presidential immunity provided him with a "total exoneration", despite none of his cases being dismissed or prior verdicts being overturned as a result of the ruling.

  • While the ruling is a victory for Trump, it does not clear him of legal troubles. His trial in Washington for election interference has been indefinitely delayed, and he still faces charges in other criminal cases.

  • The ruling does not shield Trump from civil liability in cases involving defamatory statements or fraudulent business practices.

  • The case was not dismissed but referred back for further analysis to determine if certain allegations constitute official acts that grant the president immunity from prosecution.
The United States offered rare criticism of close partner India in a report published on religious freedom, while also voicing alarm over rising bigotry ... Show more
Surakarta still tolerant city despite disputes over non-halal food festival, mayor claims - Archipelago - The Jakarta Post
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Surakarta still tolerant city despite disputes over non-halal food ...
Opinion: Your religious values are not American values: Whenever a politician cites “Judeo-Christian values,” I find it’s generally followed by something ...
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Opinion: Your religious values are not American values
Ahmadiyah mosque closure in Garut raises religious freedom alarm - Society - The Jakarta Post
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Ahmadiyah mosque closure in Garut raises religious freedom alarm - ...
The Ten Commandments remind us the U.S. is still the freest nation on earth | Opinion
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The Ten Commandments remind us the U.S. is still the freest nation on ...
Chinese President Xi Jinping is a “dictator” who broke his country’s 1984 treaty with the United Kingdom about Hong Kong and should not be trusted ... Show more

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Clergy to take fight over abortion to Missouri Supreme Court: “Lawmakers made clear that they were imposing their personal religious beliefs on all Missourians ...
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Clergy to take fight over abortion to Missouri Supreme Court
Is Walters' call for putting the Bible in schools a legal issue or just for generating attention?
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Is Walters' call for putting the Bible in schools a legal issue or just ...
Quick Glance: Oklahoma's Mandatory Bible Instruction for Teachers
  • In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Ryan Walters elaborated on his recent directive regarding Bible instruction and the potential repercussions for educators in Oklahoma who do not comply.

  • Educators in Oklahoma who resist teaching their students about the Bible are at risk of losing their teaching credentials, stated Ryan Walters, the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

  • A memorandum issued by Walters on Thursday mandates all schools in Oklahoma to educate students in grades five to twelve about the impact of the Bible on the nation's establishment and prominent American figures.

  • Criticism swiftly arose from civil liberties and religious organizations regarding Walters' fresh policy on incorporating Bible instruction, citing concerns of inappropriate Christian promotion within educational institutions.
Deeply biased, lacks understanding...: India rejects US report on religious freedomJyotsna Kumar tells you more Watch more at Videos News - Latest Videos News, Breaking Videos News, Videos News Headlines - Latest Videos Online
Jokowi’s momentum to restore religious harmony, as promised - Academia - The Jakarta Post
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Jokowi’s momentum to restore religious harmony, as promised - Academia - ...
Muslim woman wants to drive a car wearing a veil and goes to court: A woman wearing a niqab - a symbolic photo.
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Muslim woman wants to drive a car wearing a veil and goes to court
Blinken highlights Gaza conflict, India, China at release of US religious freedom report
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Blinken highlights Gaza conflict, India, China at release of US religious ...
Quick Glance: Blinken highlights Gaza conflict, India, China
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized at the release of an annual report on religious freedom that religious freedom is not respected for millions of people worldwide.

  • Blinken mentioned that governments globally continue to target individuals, close places of worship, displace communities, and imprison people due to their religious beliefs.

  • He highlighted the increase in antisemitism and Islamophobia following the October 7 attacks by Hamas and stressed the importance of protecting civilians, religious sites, and providing humanitarian aid.

  • Blinken and US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Rashad Hussain, also discussed religious suppression in India, Myanmar, and China, as well as US efforts to advance religious freedom globally.
US religious freedom report notes violence against Indian minorities: The U.S. State Department's 2023 religious freedom report on India noted violent attacks on ...
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US religious freedom report notes violence against Indian minorities
U.S. issues rare criticism of India in religious freedom report: US criticizes India for religious freedom violations, expresses concern over rising bigotry ...
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U.S. issues rare criticism of India in religious freedom report
India slams USA on religious freedom report Will there be a diplomatic controversy between India and the USA? Erik Njoka tells you more#IndiaUSA
New Amendments Target Parents Seeking Islamic Education for Children in Uzbekistan
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New Amendments Target Parents Seeking Islamic Education for Children in ...
Oklahoma court rejects proposed religious public charter school : The state Supreme Court said the first-of-its-kind school, approved last year by the charter ...
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Oklahoma court rejects proposed religious public charter school
Quick Glance: Oklahoma Court Rejects Proposed Religious Public Charter School
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a proposed state-financed Catholic charter school, stating that the first-of-its-kind religious public school would violate the state and U.S. constitutions.

  • The ruling said that the state’s Charter Schools Act, as well as the state and U.S. constitutions, allow only nonsectarian public schools and that the state is prohibited from using public money for the establishment of a religious institution.

  • Supporters of the school highlighted recent Supreme Court rulings indicating that states cannot discriminate against religious schools if they give money to secular schools via vouchers. The case is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and closely monitored after recent decisions expanding the use of tax dollars in support of religious education.

  • The ruling disregards the needs of many families in Oklahoma seeking choice in their child’s education. The lawsuit filed by the Attorney General against the school was seen as a victory for religious liberty by preventing the state from sponsoring any religion at all.
Civil rights organizations, parents sue Louisiana over new Ten Commandments law in schools
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Civil rights organizations, parents sue Louisiana over new Ten ...
Oklahoma rules publicly funded religious school is unconstitutional : The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that the approval of what would be the nation's first ...
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Oklahoma rules publicly funded religious school is unconstitutional
Quick Glance: Oklahoma rules publicly funded religious school is unconstitutional
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court halted the approval of a publicly funded religious charter school citing constitutional violations.

  • The decision was made based on the violation of the Establishment Clause and state law.

  • Conservative-led states have targeted public schools to promote religious institutions.

  • The Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma and Diocese of Tulsa are considering legal options in response to the ruling.
Trump implores evangelical Christians to vote in November
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Trump implores evangelical Christians to vote in November
Louisiana requires Ten Commandments to be displayed in public classrooms: Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry (R) signed legislation Wednesday that requires every public ...
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Louisiana requires Ten Commandments to be displayed in public classrooms
Quick Glance: Effort by Texas Deputy Governor on Ten Commandments Legislation
  • The deputy governor of Texas, Dan Patrick (R), reaffirms his commitment to passing a bill requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools, following Louisiana's example.

  • Patrick criticized Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) for rejecting a previous law related to the Ten Commandments and intends to reintroduce it.

  • The bill faced opposition from Democrats in the Senate and did not progress in the House, with Patrick blaming Phelan for the failure to enact it.

  • The legislation could resurface in the next session unless a special session is called, with other states like Oklahoma and Utah also considering similar measures.
Louisiana Families Sue over State’s “Ten Commandments” Law: In Louisiana, a group of multifaith and nonreligious parents has filed a lawsuit over the state’s new ...
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Louisiana Families Sue over State’s “Ten Commandments” Law
The US State Department on Wednesday said that no country should face the kind of terrorist attacks Pakistani people have suffered from ... Show more

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Missouri abortion ban wasn't about lawmakers imposing religious beliefs, judge says
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Missouri abortion ban wasn't about lawmakers imposing religious beliefs ...
Why is Ireland’s hate crime bill attracting so much hate of its own?: Critics say the bill could have a ‘chilling’ effect on freedom of speech and stifle debate ...
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Why is Ireland’s hate crime bill attracting so much hate of its own?
Independent Hoa Hao Buddhists report police harassment in Vietnam: They say police block access to temples and even attack followers.
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Independent Hoa Hao Buddhists report police harassment in Vietnam
Conservative divide: Oklahoma high court blocks public funds for religious charter school
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Conservative divide: Oklahoma high court blocks public funds for religious ...
Ten Commandments law in Louisiana: Now the families are fighting back: A new law requires schools in the US state of Louisiana to display the Ten Commandments ...
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Ten Commandments law in Louisiana: Now the families are fighting back
India’s premier Narendra Modi came to power 10 years ago as a champion of free-market economy. But socio-economic indices by reputed international ... Show more
Ken Paxton’s effort to shutter Catholic migrant shelter threatens religious freedom, lawyer argues
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Ken Paxton’s effort to shutter Catholic migrant shelter threatens ...
‘Wake-up call.’ Judge rejects effort to overturn MO abortion ban on religious grounds
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‘Wake-up call.’ Judge rejects effort to overturn MO abortion ban on ...
Has India’s Muslim population really exploded?: A new government report claims that India’s Muslim population share has grown 43 percent since 1950 ...
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Has India’s Muslim population really exploded?
Haake: Alito flies a flag of religious extremism, misogyny: As a relapsed Catholic and long-in-the-tooth federal trial lawyer, I am more familiar with Samuel ...
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Haake: Alito flies a flag of religious extremism, misogyny
Muslim schools caught up in France's fight against Islamism: Last year, Sihame Denguir enrolled her teenage son and daughter in France's largest Muslim private ...
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Muslim schools caught up in France's fight against Islamism
Why Zoomers Should Embrace Bitcoin: An Open Letter to Gen Z: A high school junior makes the case to her peers.
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Why Zoomers Should Embrace Bitcoin: An Open Letter to Gen Z
Quick Glance: The Significance of Bitcoin for Generation Z
  • Bitcoin provides protection against inflation and enables individual freedom as an alternative to fiat currencies.

  • Wences Casares shares personal experiences with Bitcoin and inflation from his childhood in Argentina.

  • Growing debt and economic instability in the U.S. make Bitcoin an appealing store of value for Gen Z.

  • In a time of distrust in governments and banks, Bitcoin offers Generation Z hope.
'GOD'S SQUARE MILE': The Christian town has been closing its beach to the public for religious observation on Sunday mornings for years — but a new order is ... Show more

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Olympics Games 2024: How France’s ban on headscarves reflects a narrow view on national identity
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Olympics Games 2024: How France’s ban on headscarves reflects a narrow ...
[Just Saying] Demonizing divorce and the mockery of our Constitution: Legislation should be governed by the higher interest of justice and fairness ...
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[Just Saying] Demonizing divorce and the mockery of our Constitution
Colorado students can wear objects of cultural, religious significance at graduation under new law
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Colorado students can wear objects of cultural, religious significance at ...
“All churches, religions and their believers just have to accept criticism. Some people still have a problem with this: in my case ... Show more
Vietnam intensifies repression of Khmer Krom, activists say: Leaders of the indigenous people say authorities have cracked down as more people learn about their ...
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Vietnam intensifies repression of Khmer Krom, activists say
Is ruling NRM party right wing? : Democracy was number one in the 1984 10-Point Programme
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Is ruling NRM party right wing? 
Paris Olympics: France’s hijab ban for athletes shows its struggle to balance religious freedom with national values
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Paris Olympics: France’s hijab ban for athletes shows its struggle to ...
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Quick Glance: The Legacy of the Basic Law: A Historical Perspective
  • The Parliamentary Council that drafted the Basic Law in 1949 comprised individuals with and without Nazi-era backgrounds.

  • Despite controversies, it is emphasized that most Council members were opponents of National Socialism.

  • President Steinmeier hosts a state ceremony for the Basic Law's anniversary, followed by a Democracy Festival.

  • The Basic Law, guided by 'Never again!', signifies a historical departure from volkisch ideology towards democracy.
Perspective: Colorado lurches left: If you begin a Google search with “why is Colorado so …,” you’ll find auto-fill options including not just “expensive” (amen ...
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Perspective: Colorado lurches left
In unity we stand strong: As the 4th International Conference of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate focused on protecting religious freedom and ensuring ...
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In unity we stand strong
A MOMENTOUS occasion to celebrate our sovereignty and nationhood - Guyana Chronicle
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A MOMENTOUS occasion to celebrate our sovereignty and nationhood - Guyana ...
Government shouldn't make it harder for well-intentioned immigrants: Where is our compassion for God’s children who travel far while human vultures prey upon and ...
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Government shouldn't make it harder for well-intentioned immigrants
Boy Scouts' More Inclusionary Rebranding Leaves One Group Feeling Slighted: Boy Scouts of America announced a plan to become "Scouting America" earlier this week ...
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Boy Scouts' More Inclusionary Rebranding Leaves One Group Feeling Slighted
Quick Glance: Boy Scouts to be Renamed Scouting America for Inclusion
  • After 114 years, the Boy Scouts of America are rebranding to Scouting America to prioritize inclusivity and move past recent challenges.

  • The organization, historically exclusive, aims to welcome all youth, with the name change set to take effect on February 8, 2025.

  • The official rebranding date coincides with the organization's 115th birthday, signaling a new era of diversity and acceptance.

  • Despite concerns, the leadership stresses the importance of attracting individuals from all backgrounds, focusing on creating a welcoming environment regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Today we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our Basic Law, which has formed the basis of our #Demokratie and the rule of law since May 23, 1949 ... Show more
Grundgesetz: What does Germany's 'Basic Law' really mean?: From the ashes of the Nazi defeat, the German 'Basic Law’ came into effect 75 years ago ...
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Grundgesetz: What does Germany's 'Basic Law' really mean?