Arkansas Religion

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The Arkansas Senate has voted to allow a display of the Ten Commandments near the state Capitol, with the lawmaker behind the idea calling the monument a nod to history.

The bill approved by a 27-3 vote Wednesday would allow a privately funded monument to the commandments built on the Capitol grounds, with its design and location approved by the secretary of state. The measure now heads to the House.

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A proposal to allow a privately funded monument to the Ten Commandments near the Arkansas Capitol is advancing to the state Senate for a vote.

An effort to allow a privately funded Ten Commandments monument to be built on the Arkansas state Capitol grounds has failed before a legislative panel.

A proposal to require the secretary of state to allow a private group to build a monument to commandments failed before the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday on a 3-3 vote. The measure needed at least five votes to advance to the full Senate.

Governor Asa Hutchinson says he's concerned about possible “unintended consequences” of legislation scheduled to be discussed at a Senate committee meeting Wednesday.

The Conscience Protection Act would allow someone to cite religious beliefs in denying someone service. Gay rights groups say it would sanction discrimination.

Hutchinson told reporters Tuesday he has questions about how it would be applied.

An Arkansas House committee has rejected a proposal to require public school districts to allow students to express religious viewpoints in coursework, artwork and other assignments.

The House Education Committee on Tuesday voted down the proposal by Republican Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork. The bill would have also prohibited schools from banning religious clothing or accessories.

Harris says he wants to protect students' freedom of speech and prevent encroachments against religious expression. Opponents argued the change is unnecessary and unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court is siding with a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas who sued for the right to grow a short beard for religious reasons.

The court's unanimous ruling Tuesday in a case about religious liberty stands in contrast to the Hobby Lobby case that bitterly divided the justices in June over whether family-owned corporations could mount religious objections to paying for women's contraceptives under the health care overhaul.

The Supreme Court appears likely to side with an Arkansas prison inmate who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard.

The justices on Tuesday took up their first religious liberty case since the Hobby Lobby case bitterly divided them in June over whether family-owned corporations could mount religious objections to paying for women's contraceptives under the health care overhaul.

Arkansas Family Council
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One of the state’s largest conservative Christian advocacy groups Arkansas Family Council is pushing back against survey results reporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents experience a high level of discrimination.

Muhammed al-Muhadi at the Little Rock Islamic Center
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NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel. KUAR is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence.

I spoke with Tamer Alsebai, Muhammed al-Muhadi, and Waddah Maskoun shortly after afternoon prayer at the Islamic Center of Little Rock.

Rabbi Barry Block at KUAR
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NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel.

KUAR is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence. I spoke with Rabbi Barry Block of Little Rock's only Reform Judaism congregation Temple B'nai Israel.

Check back Tuesday to hear comments from the Islamic Center of Little Rock.

Death counts in this interview have since climbed to over 1000 Palestinians and over 40 Israelis.

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