Latest Religious discrimination News

Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup

Jun. 22, 2018 7:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years has captivated the soccer-crazy nation, with intense focus on the squad and the broader game. The Egyptians played the first match of the tournament June 15 and held two-time World Cup winner Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes, until conceding...

US broadcaster loses Myanmar outlet over Rohingya name

Jun. 11, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S. government-affiliated broadcaster that provides news to countries in Asia where freedom of information is restricted is losing its partner in Myanmar after refusing to stop using the word "Rohingya" to describe an oppressed Muslim minority. Monday was the last day DVB Media Group's...

Southern Baptists expel Georgia church over racism claim

Jun. 11, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are expelling a Georgia church that was accused of racial discrimination. The denomination's media office tweeted Monday that members of the executive committee had voted to withdraw fellowship from Raleigh White Baptist Church in Albany,...

Civilian on NYPD-probes panel reports fewer investigations

Jun. 8, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A civilian helping review New York Police Department probes involving Muslim communities says there were fewer requests in the last year for investigations affecting First Amendment rights covered by a longstanding court order. Stephen Robinson, a former federal judge, was appointed last...

Court upholds Phoenix law over same-sex wedding invitations

Jun. 7, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appeals court on Thursday upheld a Phoenix anti-discrimination law that makes it illegal for businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples because of religion. The ruling comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for...

'Ramadan Mubarak': Trump hosts first iftar dinner

Jun. 6, 2018 10:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wishing Muslims around the world a "Ramadan Mubarak" — a blessed holiday — President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted his first White House dinner for Islam's holy month of Ramadan, an overture that surprised many in the Muslim community after he skipped hosting such a meal...

Ex-Colorado official: No bias in same-sex wedding cake case

Jun. 6, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado civil rights commissioner whose remarks on religion were the basis of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple insisted Wednesday she has no religious bias and wouldn't have said anything if she'd known how her remarks would...

Myanmar, UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingya return

Jun. 6, 2018 3:47 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an agreement Wednesday that could eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country's security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh. The memorandum of...

Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake

Jun. 5, 2018 3:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a limited decision that leaves for another day the larger issue of whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people. The justices' decision...

Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake

Jun. 5, 2018 2:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a limited decision that leaves for another day the larger issue of whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people. The justices'...