Two lawsuits made headlines this week involving the dismissal of graduate counseling students who refused to treat homosexual clients because of strong Christian beliefs that homosexuality is immoral.
- The Anti-Defamation League released a report incidents of anti-Semitism in 2009 and found that the level of “assaults, vandalism and harassment” against Jews remained "sustained and troubling" (Religion News Service).
- Relationships hold key to spiritual care for patients: researchers "have pinpointed a mismatch between patients' expectations and understanding when it comes to spirituality, and what medical and family caregivers offer… Stumbling blocks to trust included social, religious or cultural discordance, inappropriateness, judgement or proselytising." (DNA India)
- In response to France’s banning of the burqa, a well-known Saudi cleric made a statement condemning the law but telling Muslim women that it is OK for them to reveal their faces in anti-burqa countries in order to avoid harassment.
And in response to the Cordoba House, another spate of articles – and more protests, this time around a planned mosque in California:
- Quietly, another mosque operates in shadow of Ground Zero (Religion News Service)
- In Islamic Center Fight, Lessons in Prepositions and Fear-Mongering (New York Times)
- Council on American-Islamic Relations denounces the planned protest on a mosque in Temecula, California (Los Angeles Times)
- American and Egyptian scholars strive to bridge religion gap (Los Angeles Times)
- Muslims, ACLU seek data on FBI profiling (Religion News Service)