RNS Morning Report: Religious Holiday Law; ADL Yearly Audit; Pastor Protest

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Need to know: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

New law requires professors in Washington to accommodate religious holidays

A new state law makes it easier for college students to take time off for religious holidays. Backed by Jewish and Muslim leaders, the law requires professors to accommodate religious holidays.

ADL study: Violence against Jews doubled last year

In all, 59 Jewish Americans were physically assaulted because of their religion in 2018, up from 21 in 2017.

Pew study finds continued support in Western Europe for paying church taxes

Despite a noted lack of attendance on Sundays, Western Europeans don't mind paying to keep established churches open, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Pentecostal pastors vow to fight proposed Uganda church regulations in court

Pentecostal pastors in Uganda vow to fight new rules that would require clergy to have formal theological education and would force all churches to register or close down. The proposed policy mimics similar rules enacted in Rwanda in 2018.

How safe is your place of worship?

Many local police departments will conduct a security assessment for specific congregations or offer a workshop for multiple congregations, write Christopher P. Scheitle and Jeffery T. Ulmer.

Muslim activist details interfaith work in 'true-blue American story'

Victor Begg arrived in the United States nearly a half-century ago with many goals. Becoming an “accidental activist” was not among them.



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