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Belk Reverses Ban on Christmas Bell Ringers

Belk department stores reversed its ban on Salvation Army bell ringers during the Christmas season after customers took to Facebook and Twitter to voice complaints. “During the process of making that commitment even stronger with our home for the Holidays campaign, we mistakenly left out the Salvation Army at some of our stores,” a Belk spokesman said. “We have fixed that as we know our customers are passionate about the Salvation Army.” If Belk had not reversed its decision, the Salvation Army estimated a loss of about $1 million. That’s a chunk of change for the humanitarian aid organization.

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No Grace, No ‘Amen’ at Christian School in Sweden

Preschoolers in a Christian school in Sweden run by the Salvation Army are not allowed to say grace at mealtimes, talk about the Bible, or say “Amen” because supervisors of the Umeå municipality believe these practices violate Sweden’s Education Act. The law prohibits schools from having confessional elements during school time and says children should be able to opt-out of religious practices. While both sides agree that the law is not clear as it relates to preschools, the school has unfortunately chosen not to fight the ruling.

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