(RNS) The federal government has filed suit against an Illinois
school district for not allowing a Muslim teacher to make the hajj
pilgrimage to Mecca, and the ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a Georgia
woman who was thrown in jail after refusing to remove her headscarf.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) It was all a joke, says Chuck Biddinger, a
small business owner in Roebuck, Ala., whose outdoor sign last week
sported the phrase "BBQ Pork Restaurant Is Safest No Muslims Inside."
When President Obama lit the National Christmas Tree behind the White
House in the 2009 ceremony, he spoke of a "child born far from home"
and said "while this story may be a Christian one, its lesson is