Faith Briefs for Nov. 22

Operation Christmas Child is this week

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child 2019 is underway. Drop-off site is Radiant Life Church, 500 S. Saratoga, Marshall. Hours open are 2-6 p.m. today, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, and from 10 a.m.-noon Monday. Contact numbers are 507-223-5076 and 507-532-3414.

Suit: School officials in Tennessee county push Christianity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two atheist families are suing a Tennessee school system, claiming district officials there promote Christianity.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville by the American Civil Liberties Union. It claims Smith County school officials engage in unconstitutional practices that include school-directed prayer during assemblies, Bible distribution during classes and a large cross painted on the wall of a school athletic facility.

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees.

The lawsuit by the Fédération Autonome de l’Enseignement challenges a state secularism law passed this year that prohibits some civil servants from wearing symbols of religion, such as hijabs and crosses, while at work.