Religious News From Around the Web June 29, 2020
Protecting Church from State, Russia’s Military Cathedral, Hindu Temple for Islamabad, Selling Judaism, Faith-Based Foster Care, Protesters Topple Statue of Saint Junipero Serra, Hajj Only for Saudi Residents
Video: Russia Unveils Giant Military Cathedral
The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces, which can hold 6,000 people, opened June 22 dedicated to the glory of the armed services. The architecture, described as “Monumental Russian” features six gilded domes, scenes of battles, military history, and Russian Orthodox iconography.
Gary Wexler, who developed marketing campaigns for such companies as Coca-Cola, Intel and Bank of America, took on the task of marketing Judaism. His campaign had to reach young people. It was not safe, it was not careful, but it was very very real.
New York Singled out Religion Says Court
A federal judge struck down one of New York State’s limitations on gatherings designed to limit the spread of Coronavirus, saying it singled out religious meetings for limitations. The judge ordered a single standard for religious and secular gatherings, both indoors and outdoors.
Hindu Temple Groundbreaking in Islamabad
Pakistani Hindus broke ground recently for the first Hindu temple in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, with the agreement of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who said it was a government priority to ensure the provision of equal opportunities for minorities and to protect their rights. The government also provided a tract of land on which the temple will be built.
Trump Orders Coordination with Faith-Based Foster Care
A new government initiative will require states to report on their strategies “for coordinating with nongovernmental organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, to recruit and support foster and adoptive families.”
Catholic Kicked off Student Council for Disagreeing with BLM
Defending Catholic values, a student leader was called “transphobic” and “racist.” He argues his removal not only violated his First Amendment rights but the student senate and university rules and he is asking to be reinstated as student senate president.
Protecting Church from State
The Bostock decision has been misinterpreted by many to mean religious liberty lost. No so, says this expert. Religious employers have a right to impose religious litmus tests on their employees, and the Supreme Court said: “…how these doctrines protecting religious liberty interact with Title VII are questions for future cases.”
Protesters Topple Statue of Saint Junipero Serra
Was Father Junipero Serra a saint or a sinner? Protesters have decided the latter and have vandalized and topped statues of the man canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis. Serra founded nine missions in California, and his use of corporal punishment on indigenous people is the cause of much of the opposition to his beatification and his statues.
Hajj this Year Only for Saudi Residents
Only residents of Saudi Arabia will be permitted to attend the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim is expected to do at least once. The government said only a very limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia, would be able to perform it and that the measure was to limit the spread of COVID-19