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NJ judge throws out NYPD spying lawsuitGod knows, scientists are more religious than you thinkShould schools close for Eid holidays? Muslims are divided • In Virginia House of Delegates, a push for inclusive prayers • Celebrating The Diverse Spirituality And Religion Of African-Americans

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NJ judge throws out NYPD spying lawsuit
The New York Police Department’s intelligence unit didn’t discriminate against Muslims with far-reaching surveillance aimed at identifying “budding terrorist conspiracies” at Newark mosques and other locations in New Jersey, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

God knows, scientists are more religious than you think
In the land of science, it turns out, there nearly as many believers and churchgoers as there are to be found in the nation at large and many in each camp say science and faith have a lot to offer each other.

“There’s not a national Jewish holiday,” said Imam. “So I’m not sure who started this and if they’re really thinking right, because I can’t imagine anybody recognizing a Muslim holiday for the whole country.”

Schools close for Islamic holidays in Dearborn, Mich.; Cambridge, Mass.; Burlington, Vt.; and parts of northern and central New Jersey.

In Virginia House of Delegates, a push for inclusive prayers
Every day they’re in session, as they have for hundreds of years, the members of Virginia’s House of Delegates stand together and pray.

At least most of them do.

The tradition, which has been celebrated at least since the lawmaking days of Thomas Jefferson and often features the New Testament, is coming under scrutiny this year in a state with a growing population of non-Christians. And it is prompting some uncomfortable lawmakers to ask that prayers in the chamber respect the different faiths represented in the House and across the commonwealth.

Celebrating The Diverse Spirituality And Religion Of African-Americans
Religion and spirituality has always played an important role within African-American communities. Considerable attention has already been given to the role of Christianity and Islam as religious influences, but the diversity of religious traditions practiced within the African-American community extends beyond those two traditions.

In this article are nine beautiful examples of the diverse faces of African-American religion; each describing their religious and racial identities in their own words.