9/11 Charities Mishandling Donations: News Roundup

In the news this week: 9/11 charities confronted about questionable business practices, a study on health care and the religious beliefs of Muslims, Delta addresses their Saudi Arabia issue, and more.

Americans eager to give after the 9/11 terrorist attacks poured $1.5 billion into hundreds of charities established to serve the victims, their families and their memories. But a decade later, an Associated Press investigation shows that many of those nonprofits have failed miserably.
 
There are those that spent huge sums on themselves, those that cannot account for the money they received, those that have few results to show for their spending and those that have yet to file required income tax returns. Yet many of the charities continue to raise money in the name of Sept. 11. Huffington Post
 
The religious beliefs and traditions of the estimated 7 million Muslims in the United States significantly influence their attitudes about health care, and the medical establishment would do well to address their concerns, a new study suggests.
 
For their report, researchers from the University of Chicago interviewed more than 100 Muslims in southeastern Michigan, which boasts one of the nation's largest Muslim American communities. Doctors Lounge
 
After verbal denying that it involved itself in discriminatory practices, Delta Airlines has confirmed in writing that it does not request that its passengers disclose their religious believes before boarding certain flights.
 
In June, a report by Religion News Service said the airline had agreed to prohibit Jewish, Israeli and other passengers with obvious non-Islamic religious gear from flying on U.S. to Saudi Arabia co-shared flights with the kingdom's national carrier starting next year. NBC
 
A public high school teacher in California may not be sued for making hostile remarks about religion in his classroom, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by a student charging that the teacher’s hostile remarks about creationism and religious faith violated a First Amendment mandate that the government remain neutral in matters of religion.
 
A three-judge panel of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the lawsuit against an advanced placement history teacher at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo must be thrown out of court because the teacher was entitled to immunity.
 
The San Francisco-based appeals court said the teacher was entitled to immunity because it was not clearly established in the law that a teacher’s expression of hostility to certain religious beliefs in a public school classroom would violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause. The establishment clause requires that officials act with neither favor nor disfavor toward religion and the religious. Christian Science Monitor
 
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