Latest Religious discrimination News

Jewish education center in Kansas City vandalized

Dec. 04, 2021 10:14 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police continue to investigate vandalism at a Jewish community and educational center on the city's upscale Country Club Plaza. Rabbi Yitzchak Itkin said vandals who hit the Chabad on the Plaza Tuesday morning threw papers and books...

Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

Nov. 28, 2021 11:02 AM EST

On the day the Supreme Court hears arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host a morning interfaith service in support of abortion rights. That gathering, and a...

Lawsuit alleges discrimination at Wilmington Fire Department

Nov. 25, 2021 09:20 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A firefighter in Delaware is accusing the Wilmington Fire Department of years of racial and religious discrimination that he says created a hostile work environment. The News Journal reported Wednesday that the lawsuit was filed in federal court...

Bangladesh sends hundreds more Rohingya refugees to island

Nov. 25, 2021 07:54 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Thursday began relocating hundreds of Rohingya refugees to an island in the Bay of Bengal, despite ongoing concerns from rights groups over the conditions on the vulnerable low-lying island and that no refugees should be sent forcibly. ...

High court struggles with government secrets case

Nov. 08, 2021 15:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struggled Monday with whether to allow a lawsuit by Muslim men claiming religious bias by the FBI to go forward despite the government's objection that doing so could reveal national security secrets. The case the high court was...

Lawsuit: Anti-Muslim prejudice prompted city to block mosque

Nov. 03, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of a northern Mississippi city were motivated by anti-Muslim prejudice when they rejected a zoning request for what would be the first mosque in the area, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. American Civil Liberties Union of...

Foes of death penalty offer spiritual support at executions

Nov. 03, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After Sister Barbara Battista, a Roman Catholic nun staunchly opposed to the death penalty, agreed to accompany a condemned man at his execution in federal prison, she wondered doubtfully, “Am I just part of this whole killing machine?” “The answer...

Texas executions delayed over religious rights claims

Oct. 26, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The unresolved legal debate over whether spiritual advisers can touch inmates and pray aloud as condemned individuals are being put to death has delayed the final two executions scheduled this year in Texas. The delays come as the U.S. Supreme Court is...

Workers denied COVID-19 vaccine exemptions sue hospital

Oct. 19, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Several employees at the largest hospital system in Massachusetts say in a lawsuit that they were subjected to discrimination and retaliation in violation of federal law when their requests for medical or religious exemptions from the organization's COVID-19 vaccine mandate...

Lawsuit dropped after Muslim cemetery in Virginia approved

Oct. 14, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Justice Department is dropping a religious discrimination lawsuit against Stafford County after a Muslim group received long-sought permission to build a cemetery. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced...