Latest Religious discrimination News

Lawmaker's claim of anti-Muslim bias is new blow to UK govt

Jan. 24, 2022 14:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered an investigation into a Conservative lawmaker’s claim that she was fired from a government job in part because of her Muslim faith — the latest allegation of wrongdoing that is shaking the Conservative government and...

Lawsuit: Tennessee adoption agency turned away Jewish couple

Jan. 20, 2022 19:07 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Knoxville couple is suing the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, saying a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish. Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram say the Holston United Methodist Home for Children...

Judge orders Mississippi city to allow mosque construction

Jan. 04, 2022 17:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new federal court order says a Mississippi city must allow construction of a mosque, two months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city on behalf of two Muslim men who want to develop the place of worship. The...

Muslim woman sues Missouri gun shop over hijab removal rule

Jan. 04, 2022 13:25 PM EST

(AP) — A firearms store and gun range in suburban Kansas City refused to let a Muslim woman use the range unless she removed her hijab, a Muslim civil rights organization alleged in a federal lawsuit. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the...

Mormon billionaire leaves faith, rebukes LGBTQ rights stance

Dec. 21, 2021 21:51 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An advertising-technology billionaire has formally resigned his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and rebuked the faith over social issues and LGBTQ rights in an unusual public move. Jeff T. Green has pledged to donate 90% of his...

Christian officials accuse Israel of holiday discrimination

Dec. 15, 2021 16:15 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A spokesman for Christian churches in the Holy Land on Wednesday accused Israel of discriminating against Christian tourists during the normally busy Christmas holiday season. Israel last month closed its borders to foreign tourists in response to the outbreak of...

Catholic women urge Vatican to sign Europe rights convention

Dec. 11, 2021 07:12 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A consortium of Catholic women’s groups is calling on the Holy See to join the Council of Europe and to sign the European Convention on Human Rights, arguing that the Vatican should show consistency by expressing its firm commitment to protecting human rights. In a...

Pope to Catholic jurists: Respect basic human rights

Dec. 10, 2021 09:04 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis told Catholic jurists on Friday that they must strongly defend basic human rights in their work, even as his own prosecutors stand accused of violating the basic rights of the defense in a big Vatican fraud trial. In a meeting with Italian Catholic jurists,...

Court suggests religious schools OK to get Maine tuition aid

Dec. 08, 2021 16:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to rule that religious schools can't be excluded from a Maine program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations' access to taxpayer money. After nearly two hours of...

Iowa to pay $1.9M to settle religious, speech rights cases

Dec. 06, 2021 19:06 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state panel agreed Monday to spend nearly $2 million to settle two federal lawsuits brought against the University of Iowa in 2017 after a religious group denied a gay student a leadership role. The Iowa State Appeal Board, made up of Treasurer Michael...