Latest Religious discrimination News

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:53 PM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

NY attorney general: Town is trying to keep Hasidic Jews out

Dec. 5, 2019 8:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James is accusing a Hudson Valley town and county of “a concerted, systematic effort” to keep Hasidic Jewish families from moving into the town, where a developer says bias is blocking hundreds of planned homes. James filed legal papers...

Muslim man sues union, Boston College over mandatory dues

Dec. 5, 2019 8:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Anti-union groups are hailing a religious discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court by a Muslim electrician against a union and Boston College. Ardeshir Ansari filed the suit last month after he informed the school and the Service Employees International Union 32BJ District 615 last fall...

More prison officers claim beard discrimination in New York

Dec. 2, 2019 7:22 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More correction officers are accusing New York’s prison agency of discriminating when it comes to religious beards. A federal judge last week barred the state prison department from taking any “adverse action” against correctional officers who have a beard or are...

Labour says UK health service ‘for sale’ in US trade talks

Nov. 27, 2019 12:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health system became a battleground in the country’s election campaign on Wednesday, as opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson of secretly seeking a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States that would drive...

UNC to update policies following complaint of anti-Semitism

Nov. 26, 2019 3:05 PM EST

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has agreed to expand its anti-bias training and expressly forbid anti-Semitism in campus policies as part of an agreement with the U.S. Education Department following complaints about a March conference featuring a rapper accused of anti-Jewish bias. The university...

Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope

Nov. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EST

NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

Montana, Jehovah's Witness settle discrimination complaint

Nov. 7, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay some of an inmate's attorney fees and have a prison warden undergo religion rights training to settle a discrimination complaint. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that the state Department of Corrections settled with Montana Women's...