Latest Religious discrimination News

Court rules against Pfizer in religious discrimination suit

Jan. 16, 2019 3:30 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman who said she was fired by a major pharmaceutical company because of her religious beliefs won a court victory Wednesday when a state appeals panel ruled that she didn't agree in an online form to waive her rights to sue. Amy Skuse said she was fired in 2017 because she refused...

Muslim family: Hospital guard said they looked 'scary'

Jan. 11, 2019 10:22 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A Muslim family says staff at a Virginia hospital told them they looked "scary" and threatened to kick them out when they went to visit a newborn relative in December. The newborn's aunt, Arwa Zahr, tells WRC-TV that a security guard confronted the family at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital's...

Jewish rights group urges Croatia to ban pro-Nazi book

Jan. 9, 2019 9:31 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Jewish human rights group urged Croatian authorities on Wednesday to ban a book that denies crimes committed by Croatia's World War II pro-Nazi regime. Chief Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement that a book titled "the Jasenovac Lie Revealed"...

India's lower house passes citizenship bill despite protests

Jan. 8, 2019 8:28 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — India's lower house of Parliament approved a bill Tuesday that would grant residency and citizenship rights to non-Muslims who entered India illegally, allegedly after fleeing persecution in several neighboring nations, despite protests against the legislation in the populous...

Muslim firefighter settles with NYC over firehouse treatment

Jan. 6, 2019 2:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Muslim firefighter who says he was subjected to firehouse harassment over his faith and race has settled his lawsuit against New York City. The New York Post reports the city settled with Raheem Hassan for $224,000 but did not admit to wrongdoing. Hassan had filed a federal lawsuit in...

Hui poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion

Dec. 28, 2018 7:36 AM EST

JINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people's oppression under Mao Zedong. The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, when the Hui — China's second-largest Muslim ethnic group — were among the masses tormented by the Red Guard....

Swiss court overturns conviction of Srebrenica denier

Dec. 27, 2018 11:19 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss federal court has overturned the racial discrimination conviction of a man who published an article denying the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. The plaintiff, who wasn't identified, labeled the official version of events in Srebrenica a lie...

Human rights court rules against Greece in Sharia law case

Dec. 19, 2018 6:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Wednesday. The court, based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, ruled Greece violated the...

Putin decries prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

Dec. 18, 2018 3:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to look into the reported persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses. Russia officially banned the Christian denomination last year and declared the religious group an extremist organization. Nearly 100 Jehovah's Witnesses face charges in Russia, and 25 of...

Park won't honor slaveholder, angering Irish cultural groups

Dec. 17, 2018 11:34 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Citing his slave-owning past, a Virginia town outside DC has officially decided not to name a refurbished park after one of its founding fathers in a move that's fostered accusations of anti-Catholic and anti-Irish bias. The Washington Post reports the Alexandria City Council...