Friday News Roundup: Which religions are on the move?

istock_000003001750xsmallEvery Friday, I’ll be rounding up some of the week’s most interesting religion and diversity related stories.   This week, there’s been a spate of activity on 3 fronts: President Obama’s direction for the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, the settlement of a variety of religious discrimination lawsuits and the growth of some religious groups you might not expect.

Check out the full articles, linked below – but be sure to some back and tell us what you think.

Fastest growing religions?
FACTBOX:  Mormonism a Growing Religion (Reuters)

Desire to Reconnect Rekindles Vodou Among Younger Haitian-Americans (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

On Obama
Controversy Surrounds Obama’s Faith Office

White House Faith Office to Expand (New York Times)

Faith-Based Frenzy? (Americans United for the Separation of Church and State)

Religious Discrimination on the Rise
Muslim Woman Denied Service in Bank for Wearing Headscarf (Digital Journal)*

Justice Department Settles Suit Against the WMATA (The Blog of Legal Times)

Court Orders UPS to Pay Jersey City Man for Religious Discrimination (

*UPDATE!  Bank Apologizes to Oakland Woman (iStockAnalyst)