Latest Religious discrimination News

Religious order agrees to halt evictions at rooming house

Mar. 21, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Roman Catholic religious order that owns a Boston rooming house for single women has agreed to stop eviction proceedings against some residents while the state investigates allegations of housing discrimination. The state attorney general's office in a letter to a lawyer for Our Lady's...

Muslim civil rights group accepts invite to W.Va. Capitol

Mar. 20, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization says it has accepted an invitation from West Virginia lawmakers to visit the state Capitol in the wake of an Islamophobic display outside the House of Delegates chamber. The Council on American-Islamic Relations made the...

Florida bill defines anti-Semitism, prohibits discrimination

Mar. 12, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would define anti-Semitism under Florida law and prohibit religion-based discrimination at public schools and universities is advancing in the Legislature. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit speech that makes...

House infighting: Does Pelosi have a tea party problem?

Mar. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A restive group of newcomers. Baffled party leaders. Fiery conversations behind closed doors that spill into public view and threaten to upend legislation. After a wrenching week for Democrats, it's hard not to wonder: Does Speaker Nancy Pelosi have a tea party problem? Emboldened by...

The Latest: House passes resolution condemning bigotry

Mar. 7, 2019 11:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democrats and Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about Israel (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The House has passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, discrimination against Muslims and other bigotry against minorities. The 407-23 vote Thursday was a bid to end dissension...

House broadly condemns hate after anti-Semitism dispute

Mar. 7, 2019 10:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided in debate but mostly united in a final vote, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry Thursday, with Democrats trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could shadow them through next year's...

Text of House Resolution on anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bias

Mar. 7, 2019 6:56 PM EST

Text of the House resolution condemning bigotry: Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of...

Juror's comment spurs new trial over religious bias concerns

Mar. 5, 2019 10:15 AM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appellate court has ordered a new civil trial for a doctor accused of sexual harassment because a juror commented that the doctor didn't put his hand on the Bible when he testified to defend himself. The three-judge panel found the juror's remark about Abbas Husain, who is...

Egypt's top cleric calls polygamy 'injustice,' draws debate

Mar. 3, 2019 10:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women, but stopped short of calling for a ban on the practice. "Those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong. We have to read the (Quranic) verse in full, said Sheikh Ahmed...

'Religious liberties' bill renews a recurring Georgia debate

Feb. 28, 2019 4:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A 'religious liberties' bill that aims to add greater protections for personal beliefs has renewed a recurring debate in Georgia about discrimination and religious freedom. Republican state Sen. Marty Harbin of Tyrone said Thursday his proposal was drafted to mirror the Religious Freedom...