Latest Religious discrimination News

Court: No religious rancor in flowers for gay wedding case

Jun. 6, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — State courts did not act with animosity toward religion when they ruled that a florist broke the state's anti-discrimination laws by refusing on religious grounds to provide flowers for the wedding of a gay couple, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday. The court...

Correction: Religious Rights Lawsuit-The Latest story

Jun. 6, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story June 5 about a prison religious rights settlement in Alaska, The Associated Press reported erroneously a statement from The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska. It should have said plaintiffs and others would be able to practice their faith without "unconstitutional...

ACLU of Alaska settles religious rights lawsuit

Jun. 5, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Cherokee Indian inmate at a state prison who claimed he was not allowed to practice his Native faith with certain clothing. The ACLU says the lawsuit by Goose Creek Correctional Center prisoner...

Pope apologizes for history of discrimination against Roma

Jun. 2, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

BLAJ, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Sunday to the Roma ethnic minority for their history of discrimination in Europe and paid homage to Romanian Catholics persecuted during communist rule as he wrapped up his third and final day with a message of forgiveness. Francis reached out to the minorities...

Paducah council amends anti-discrimination ordinance

May. 29, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Paducah officials have approved an amendment to an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect religious liberty. The Paducah Sun reports the council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve an amendment for a January 2018 ordinance that added protections for residents who encounter discrimination...

UN Assembly remembers victims of violence against religion

May. 28, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has adopted a resolution designating Aug. 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. The 193-member world body adopted the resolution by consensus Tuesday. It was co-sponsored by Brazil, Canada,...

Pakistani police arrest Hindu vet on charges of blasphemy

May. 28, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say they have arrested a veterinarian from the country's tiny minority Hindu community on charges of desecrating Islam's holy book in southern Sindh province. Local police chief Zahid Leghari said on Tuesday that Ramesh Kumar was arrested the day before on...

Paducah council weighing religious liberty, civil rights

May. 24, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Paducah officials are debating possible amendments to an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect religious liberty. The Paducah Sun reports , the ordinance that passed in January 2018 added protections for residents who encounter discrimination based on age, gender identification and...

Muslim prison guard accuses Georgia agency of discrimination

May. 16, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia prison guard who recently converted to Islam says the state Department of Corrections won't allow her to wear a hijab at work. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 25-year-old Rogers State Prison corrections officer Jalanda Calhoun has filed a discrimination complaint against...

3 Amazon workers in Minnesota file discrimination complaint

May. 15, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Three Muslim workers at an Amazon warehouse in Minnesota accuse the company of discrimination and retaliation for denying them time and space to pray. A federal complaint filed last week claims Amazon created a hostile work environment for the three women from Somalia at its Shakopee...