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Michigan town sued for barring non-Christians from living within its limits

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development is requiring a tiny Methodist-affiliated Michigan town to show documentation of their exemption from the federal Fair Housing Act after a nearby inclusiveness group sued them for barring non-Christians from living within their limits.

Hemant Mehta at Patheos’ The Friendly Atheist reported that the town of Bay View, Michigan once required all its residents to be both white and Christian, and although they dropped race from their charter in the 1950’s, they continue to only allow Christians to live there.

In 2017, Mehta wrote, the Bay View Chautauqua Inclusiveness Group sued the privately-owned Bay View Association of the United Methodist Church for alleged violations of the constitution’s religious freedom clause, the Fair Housing Act, Michigan’s state constitution and other civil rights laws.

“They argued that Bay View isn’t affiliated in any meaningful way with the UMC,” the report continued. “They operate independently from it and they’re owned by a for-profit company. They also pay taxes, an admission they’re not a church property. And they maintain and use ‘State-delegated police power.'”

Earlier this week, HUD announced the Bay View Association “has not met its burden to prove it is exempt from the federal Fair Housing Act.” In short, Mehta wrote, the federal housing authority doesn’t believe the town that boasted a population of 133 in the 2010 Census is actually a private religious organization.

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Trump’s golf courses fired these five undocumented workers — now they have a plan to spoil his 2020 launch

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Five undocumented immigrants who worked for President Donald Trump's golf courses for years are planning to crash his big 2020 campaign kickoff rally in Florida on Tuesday.

The New York Daily News reports that the former Trump workers plan on going to his rally to highlight his "cruelty and hypocrisy" for welcoming undocumented immigrants to work at his clubs until they became a political inconvenience.

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Congressmen ask special counsel to bring the hammer down on Jared Kushner for Hatch Act violations

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) have asked the Office of Special Counsel to open an investigation into Jared Kushner for alleged violations of the Hatch Act.

According to the congressmen, Kushner violated the law by "engaging in prohibited campaign fundraising activities."

Reports have suggested that Kushner has used his official role in the White House to aid President Donald Trump's reelection effort.

Last week the Office of Special Counsel took the unprecedented step of recommending Kellyanne Conway's removal from service for violations of the Hatch Act.

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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