Church crosses burned in China’s Christianity crackdown

China is in the midst of a crackdown.  Perhaps this explains the importance of freedom of speech, freedom of association and Religious Freedom.  In spite of all our faults, the US is still the best damn country on the planet.

China cracks down on religion, crosses burned at Christian churches, Xi Jinping photos installed Updated September 25, 2018 17:25:51 China has intensified its crackdown on religion, with images emerging of crosses being burned and destroyed at Christian churches.

Source: Church crosses burned in China’s Christianity crackdown

Can a Baker Be Forced to Make a Transgender Celebration Cake?

Masterpiece Cakeshop is back in the news with a lawsuit, but this time it’s not about gay wedding cakes. Instead, it’s a brand new fight over whether the government can force a baker to produce a cake celebrating a transgender person’s new identity.

Source: Can a Baker Be Forced to Make a Transgender Celebration Cake?

[Eugene Volokh] Muslim Male Inmate Objects to Strip Search by Apparently Anatomically Female Transgender Guard

An interesting case now being litigated in federal court in Wisconsin. From West v. Kind (E.D. Wisc. July 31, 2018) : The plaintiff [Rufus West] alleges that in 1995 he embraced Islam. He states that Islamic law prohibits him from exposing his nakedness to anyone except his wife.

Source: [Eugene Volokh] Muslim Male Inmate Objects to Strip Search by Apparently Anatomically Female Transgender Guard

The Pro-Lesbian Anti-Transgender “Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft” Recognized by IRS as Church

That’s quite a name for a Church….

 

A very interesting post by Peter J Reilly (Forbes) , quoted also by Dean Paul Caron (TaxProf Blog) ; I’m not an expert on this area of the law, but Dean Caron is. The Reilly post is chock full of details both on the underlying political controversy between pro-transgender and anti-transgender radical feminists and on the tax issues; read the whole thing.

Source: The Pro-Lesbian Anti-Transgender “Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft” Recognized by IRS as Church

Christians come under threat in Pakistan: ‘No one accused of blasphemy is ever safe’

People from a Pakistani Christian community near Lahore pray for the recovery of Sajid Masih, who suffered serious injuries after jumping off a federal building. (K.M. Chaudary/AP) DHAIR, Pakistan — It was a quiet February morning when the mob of men in green turbans came surging through the alleys of a run-down Christian neighborhood in this town outside Lahore.

Source: Christians come under threat in Pakistan: ‘No one accused of blasphemy is ever safe’

Myanmar Allows Another Reported Massacre of Muslim Minority Rohingya

We previously discussed the crushing abuse and discrimination faced by Muslims in Myanmar . The Rohingya are denied basic rights and face continued violence in the country. While it was hard to imagine the abuse of these Muslims becoming any more extreme in the Buddhist nation, it just did.

Source: Myanmar Allows Another Reported Massacre of Muslim Minority Rohingya