Religious Discrimination. Legal news and articles for April 21 - 27, 2017

New report: Religious freedom suffering across the globeNews & ViewsAlabama passes law allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against gaysTired of religious discrimination? – Catholic PhillyAWAB leader among clergy, groups, speaking up for fired transgender morticianAU And Allies: Michigan Funeral Home Can't Use Religion To Justify Discrimination Against Transgender EmployeeAU And Allies: Michigan Funeral Home Can't Use Religion To Justify Discrimination Against Transgender EmployeeA school prayer bill is headed to the Indiana governor. The question: What does it do?Muslim Portlander says former boss taunted her with pork before firing herNon-discrimination ordinances sent to Sun Prairie City CouncilCourt allows Chicago church to fire gay worker under religious exemptionCourt allows Chicago church to fire gay worker under religious exemption'Muslim Majority' Versus Islamic Nations, Part 2: Sharia Law and Islam as the State ReligionSikh cabbie with stolen turban backs new anti-discrimination lawSupreme Court Scrutinizes Key Missouri Religious-Discrimination Case

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Michigan Supreme Court looks at decisions at Catholic school
The Bellingham HeraldApril 8, 2017

He said the feud at St. Pius X involved a contract claim — not religion. Davis said Michigan's anti-discrimination law based on disabilities covers all schools, public or private. "What religious principle is being trampled on by applying a civil ...more »

State Supreme Court looks at decisions at Catholic school
Escanaba Daily PressApril 10, 2017

Davis said Michigan's anti-discrimination law based on disabilities covers all schools, public or private. “What religious principle is being trampled on by applying a civil rights statute?” he said. Timothy Denney, a Lapeer-based attorney who ...more »

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New report: Religious freedom suffering across the globe
Crux: Covering all things CatholicApril 27, 2017

Reese said governments should work to combat religious discrimination, “rather than feeding the frenzy with these kinds of harassments and laws about dress and religious symbols in public places.” The commission did site improvement in some countries, ...more »

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GayRVAApril 26, 2017

While Virginians currently lack any such protections, meaning legal discrimination is already possible, a federal law would override state laws (like in Washington State) where such anti-discrimination legislation has lead to victories for same-sex ...more »

Alabama passes law allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against gays
LGBTQ NationApril 26, 2017

Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents, or other households, because of their religious beliefs. The legislation would prohibit the state ...more »

Tired of religious discrimination? – Catholic Philly
CatholicPhilly.comApril 25, 2017

New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch hit the ground running in April, taking part in oral arguments on what I see as this year's most important case.more »

AWAB leader among clergy, groups, speaking up for fired transgender mortician
Baptist News GlobalApril 25, 2017

Monday's friend-of-the-court brief argues that while RFRA “provides important safeguards for religious exercise,” it does not and cannot “upend all employment-discrimination law.” The groups and clergy said the lower court's interpretation gives ...more »

AU And Allies: Michigan Funeral Home Can't Use Religion To Justify Discrimination Against Transgender Employee
Americans United (blog)April 25, 2017

But the employer said he should be exempted from Title VII because he had a religious motivation for his unlawful actions. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), he claimed, relieves him of the duty to comply with federal antidiscrimination law ...more »

AU And Allies: Michigan Funeral Home Can't Use Religion To Justify Discrimination Against Transgender Employee
Americans United (blog)April 25, 2017

But the employer said he should be exempted from Title VII because he had a religious motivation for his unlawful actions. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), he claimed, relieves him of the duty to comply with federal antidiscrimination law ...more »

A school prayer bill is headed to the Indiana governor. The question: What does it do?
Indianapolis StarApril 25, 2017

Rather than take it for granted, the Indiana General Assembly voted overwhelmingly for a bill that enumerates an assortment of protections against religious discrimination — even as most are already covered by the First Amendment, federal law and ...more »

Muslim Portlander says former boss taunted her with pork before firing her
Bangor Daily NewsApril 24, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland woman has filed a discrimination suit against a national furniture retailer, claiming that she was harassed by fellow employees and ultimately fired from a job at its local branch because she is Muslim. Leyla Hashi claims ...more »

Non-discrimination ordinances sent to Sun Prairie City Council
hngnews.comApril 24, 2017

Fred Stohl said he's not against city anti-discrimination ordinances but believes federal, state and county laws already protect against discrimination based on sex, religion, race and ethnic or racial background. Stohl also said the committee did not ...more »

Court allows Chicago church to fire gay worker under religious exemption
Washington BladeApril 22, 2017

A federal court this week rejected a Chicago-based music director's claim he was unlawfully fired from a Catholic church for being gay, finding the parish can legally terminate the employee under the religious exemptions of civil rights laws. ... a ...more »

Court allows Chicago church to fire gay worker under religious exemption
Washington BladeApril 22, 2017

A federal court this week rejected a Chicago-based music director's claim he was unlawfully fired from a Catholic church for being gay, finding the parish can legally terminate the employee under the religious exemptions of civil rights laws. ... a ...more »

'Muslim Majority' Versus Islamic Nations, Part 2: Sharia Law and Islam as the State Religion
Breitbart NewsApril 22, 2017

“The sacred religion of Islam” is the official state religion, although the constitution stipulates that “followers of other faiths shall be free within the bounds of law in the exercise and performance of their religious rituals.” The U.S. State ...more »

Sikh cabbie with stolen turban backs new anti-discrimination law
New York Daily NewsApril 21, 2017

A Sikh cabbie whose turban was stolen last weekend in a hate crime joined elected officials Friday in calling for a new state law against religious discrimination. Harkirat Singh offered his support for the legislation that would bar public and private ...more »

Supreme Court Scrutinizes Key Missouri Religious-Discrimination Case
National Catholic RegisterApril 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a noteworthy religious-discrimination case that some observers believe could have ramifications for related issues, such as school choice and whether states can deny public services like ...more »

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