Religious Discrimination. Legal news and articles for April 25 - 30, 2017

'This will be a great hindrance to law enforcement'Americans United Says 'Religious Beliefs are not a Justification for Discrimination'ACLU Sues California Catholic Hospital for Discrimination | National ...Transgender Patient Sues Catholic Hospital for DiscriminationTired of religious discrimination?ACLU sues Catholic hospital for refusing to perform transgender surgeryCase Claiming Police Verbally Abused Transgender Man Is RevivedNew report: Religious freedom suffering across the globeNews & ViewsAlabama passes law allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against gaysAs a Catholic priest, I am against an executive order on religious libertyTired of religious discrimination? – Catholic PhillyAWAB leader among clergy, groups, speaking up for fired transgender morticianTexas Woman Fired For Not Being Christian EnoughAU And Allies: Michigan Funeral Home Can't Use Religion To Justify Discrimination Against Transgender Employee

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WashU Expert: Human rights at issue in Mississippi law
Washington University in St. Louis NewsroomApril 6, 2017

With this law, instead, Mississippi takes a side in an ongoing religious debates over marriage, gender and sexuality between denominations and within churches. This discrimination against religious people prompted clergy and religious people to ...more »

The Gorsuch Effect
People For the American Way (press release) (blog)April 10, 2017

This is a case where a baker cited both his free speech rights and his religious exercise rights as justification for refusing to create and make a wedding cake for a gay couple, in violation of state anti-discrimination law. Like Hobby Lobby, the ...more »

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'This will be a great hindrance to law enforcement'
WND.comApril 30, 2017

Dacus said PJI is a strong advocate for religious liberty for everyone, but he believes the bill goes beyond preventing genuine discrimination and will provide cover for Muslim terrorists by preventing law-enforcement from stopping them before they ...more »

Americans United Says 'Religious Beliefs are not a Justification for Discrimination'
pride source.comApril 29, 2017

There are many people of faith and many supporters of a robust right of religious exercise who do not believe that religious freedom includes the right to ignore anti-discrimination laws," said Carmen Green, a Madison Fellow at Americans United who ...more »

ACLU Sues California Catholic Hospital for Discrimination | National ...
National ReviewApril 28, 2017

On Wednesday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Mercy San Juan Center in Carmichael, Calif., after the hospital — which is part of the Dignity Health chain in the ...more »

Transgender Patient Sues Catholic Hospital for Discrimination
CBN NewsApril 28, 2017

The case will pit California's non-discrimination law on sexual orientation against a Catholic hospital's freedom of religious expression. The plaintiffs allege that the hospital and its network violated California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which bars ...more »

Tired of religious discrimination?
The PilotApril 28, 2017

First, Missouri's law is a state constitutional provision forbidding public support for "any church, sect or denomination of religion." Similar provisions in more than 30 states are known as "Blaine amendments," after a failed amendment to the U.S ...more »

ACLU sues Catholic hospital for refusing to perform transgender surgery
Hot AirApril 28, 2017

Does California's non-discrimination law on sexual orientation override a Catholic hospital's freedom of religious expression? A new lawsuit from the ACLU claims yes, filed on behalf of a patient denied an elective hysterectomy as part of a surgical ...more »

Case Claiming Police Verbally Abused Transgender Man Is Revived
New Jersey Law JournalApril 27, 2017

Comments that might not create a hostile work environment may nonetheless violate the Law Against Discrimination in a public accommodation context, an appeals court said Thursday in a published decision reopening the case of a transgender man who says ...more »

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 »

News & Views
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 »

As a Catholic priest, I am against an executive order on religious liberty
Religion News ServiceApril 26, 2017

Religious liberty is essential for faith-based ministries. But it should never be a pretext or cause for discrimination against any group. Religious exemptions from civil laws should be carefully crafted to both accommodate religious claims of ...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 »

Texas Woman Fired For Not Being Christian Enough
Patheos (blog)April 25, 2017

Religious discrimination: Texas company fires employee because she was not Christian enough and “needed to examine her walk with Jesus.” A lawsuit filed in Texas documents that Gulf Winds International, a Texas logistics company, fired Dee Anne ...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 »

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