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Trying to breastfeed her 19-month-old baby in church, mother of two Annie Peguero was promptly asked to decamp to a private room.

Protecting men, teenagers or new churchgoers from feeling "uncomfortable," the church policy forbids breastfeeding without a cover.

Peguero then posted a live stream video on Facebook urging women to stand up for breastfeeding, their legally protected right in Virginia with no exemption for religious institutions under the law.

Peguero and an attorney are pressing church leaders to issue a statement and reverse their policy. washingtonpost.com
Visual artist Bobby Rogers published the powerful portrait series inspired by the Twitter hashtag, #BeingBlackAndMuslim.

Exploring the challenges many people face at the intersection of two marginalized identities, Roger's project brings awareness to challenges black Muslims face.  

Despite their combined history in religion, the ethnic group's converging identities are overlooked in racism and Islamophobia.

The artist hopes “for others to understand the true beauty and resilience of being Black and Muslim," recognizing "blackness as a part of the conversation." huffingtonpost.co.za
Pope Francis is paying a year's rent for a private beach near Rome so a charity can help people with disabilities enjoy the sea and sun, according to the group that manages the program.

The group Work of Love has rented a portion of the Little Madonna beach since 2012 and outfitted it with boardwalks, ramps and water vehicles to provide access to people in wheelchairs and those with other issues that make a day at the beach difficult.

Monseigneur Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told CNN that Francis gave the charity an undisclosed sum to "support the project that helps disabled youth and in particular to cover the cost of the annual rent for the beach known as the Little Madonna."

Work of Love said in a statement on its website it received the news of the donation with "enthusiasm and astonishment."

The Rev. Massimo Consolaro, the priest in charge of the group, told CNN that hundreds of people with disabilities use the beach every year, and the numbers are rising. cnn.com
It was the spring of 1954, and Congress had voted, after some controversy, to insert the phrase into the Pledge of Allegiance, partly as a cold war rejoinder to "godless" communism. We kept stumbling on the words—it's not easy to unlearn something as ingrained and metrical as the Pledge of Allegiance—while we rehearsed for Flag Day, June 14, when the revision would take effect.

Now, nearly five decades later, "under God" is at the center of a legal wrangle that has stirred passions and landed at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case follows a U.S. appeals court ruling in June 2002 that "under God" turns the pledge into an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion when recited in public schools. Outraged by the ruling, Washington, D.C. lawmakers of both parties recited the pledge on the Capitol steps.

Amid the furor, the judge who wrote the ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court, based in San Francisco, stayed it from being put into effect. In April 2003, after the Ninth Circuit declined to review its decision, the federal government petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it. In the debate of separation of church and state, the U.S. is already 111 years into the hubbub. smithsonianmag.com
Hindu youth Biswajit Rajak, 35, was suffering from liver cancer and died at his home on Monday. But when his family could not arrange his cremation on Tuesday, villagers gathered at his house and requested Biswajit’s father Nagen Rajak to allow them to cremate his son.

Even the moulavi of the local mosque also went to the crematorium. The Muslim neighbours paid the money necessary for his last rites. The Rajaks are one of the two Hindu families in the village of about 6,000 residents.

A group of Muslim youths took the youth, who died on Monday, to the crematorium and even chanted the name of Hari (equivalent of Ram Naam Satya Hai) following the Hindu tradition.

They carried his body on their shoulders for a distance of 3 kms to the crematorium, and performed all the traditional Hindu rituals including consigning the ashes to the nearby river and taking a dip in the river after the cremation.

Located on the India-Bangladesh border, Malda is not only one of the poorest and backward districts of Bengal, but is also infamous all over the country as the hub of fake currency notes illegal poppy cultivation. hindustantimes.com
Pope Francis is paying a year's rent for a private beach near Rome so a charity can help people with disabilities enjoy the sea and sun, according to the group that manages the program.

The group Work of Love has rented a portion of the Little Madonna beach since 2012 and outfitted it with boardwalks, ramps and water vehicles to provide access to people in wheelchairs and those with other issues that make a day at the beach difficult.

Monseigneur Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told CNN that Francis gave the charity an undisclosed sum to "support the project that helps disabled youth and in particular to cover the cost of the annual rent for the beach known as the Little Madonna."

Work of Love said in a statement on its website it received the news of the donation with "enthusiasm and astonishment."

The Rev. Massimo Consolaro, the priest in charge of the group, told CNN that hundreds of people with disabilities use the beach every year, and the numbers are rising. cnn.com
The alleged human rights abuses against gay men in Chechnya have taken a disturbing turn: According to one British official, the Chechen president has a deadline by which he plans to "eliminate" the country's LGBTQ population. Sir Alan Duncan, a British member of Parliament and the U.K.'s minister of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, addressed parlement on Thursday and spoke about the situation in Chechnya and said that at least four gay man have been killed and as more than 100 have been detained are "of deep concern to the U.K.", And, according to Duncan, the deadline for the violent campaign, set by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, is the beginning of the Muslim holiday of Ramadam — which starts May 26.

The actions in these reports are utterly barbaric. One of the most disgusting things I have seen is a Chechen security source stating that these arrests are part of what he called a preventative clean-up ... Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov. He has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community. Sources have said that he wants the community eliminated by the start of Ramadan.

Duncan did not identify those sources — but he's not the first to suggest that Kadyrov, the leader of the largely Muslim republic, is behind the country's violent persecution of LGBTQ people, specifically gay men. mic.com