As feminist prayer group Women of the Wall arrived at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Monday for a bat mitzvah ceremony and their monthly prayer service, they found their way blocked by crowds of dissenters.
The Women of the Wall have sparked extreme backlash in Israel for their petitions to change gendered restrictions at the Kotel, or Western Wall. They seek a space at the wall for women and men to pray together—currently, the Western Wall has only sex-segregated spaces. The group has also advocated for women’s right to read Torah at the Kotel. Read more about Orthodox Worshipers Protest Bat Mitzvah at Western Wall
Last week, a Michigan district court ruled to dismiss charges of discrimination against a Detroit-area funeral home, citing religious freedom as legitimate grounds upon which one can fire a transgender employee.
Last week, evangelical college ministry InterVarsity endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement in front of 16,000 conference participants.
Held every 3 years, the InterVarsity Urbana conference draws tens of thousands of students to learn about global Christian missionary opportunities. This year, the conference offered over 180 seminars, many of which focused on global health issues, multiculturalism, and racial justice. Read more about Christian InterVarsity Endorses Black Lives Matter