Without ever getting outside of their cars, parishioners drive to their favorite spot and sit behind the wheel for a worship service that includes all the familiar music, prayers and a full sermon.This is the third such church set up by the pastor.
Monday, August 29, 2011
As reported at WFAA.com out of Dallas:
Thursday, August 11, 2011
One theme of our class is that religious regulations vary widely around the world. It is also true that these regulations are in a continual process of adjustment. Here is a recent sampling.
- The Pew Foundation recently released an important report showing that restrictions on religious practice have increased for a third of the world's population.
- The Chinese government and Catholic leaders in the Vatican are currently disputing who has the right to ordain Catholic bishops.
- A woman challenges Belgium's new burqa ban in court.
- A woman in India is tortured after being branded a witch.
- The USCIRF asked Secretary of State Clinton to identify Pakistan as a "country of particular concern."
- Hungary adopted what one author called "Europe's Most Restrictive Religious Law" that strips three hundred religious organizations of their religious status. Only fourteen groups retained their status; all others must undertake a costly re-register process without guarantee of success.
- A proposed law in Tajikistan would prevent many children from participating in religious activities until they are eighteen years of age.
- Even the U.S. is not immune to the adjustment: a lawsuit alleges that a Dallas Church is really a sex club, causes the courts to determine just what sorts of organizations can claim to be religious.