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Archive for the ‘Religious Discrimination’ Category.

 

Fourth Circuit Court Decides Issue About Religious Education in Maryland

A federal appeals court ruled the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not require a public school to offer religious education.

October 20th, 2017

  A unanimous three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a Maryland public school district does not have to pay for the religious education of a Jewish student. This case has defined important boundaries about the extent of education that public schools in Maryland are required to provide children. The Read More


Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Bakery Case

A bakery owner refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple due to his religious beliefs.

August 24th, 2017

  The United States Supreme Court announced at the end of June that the court will hear a case involving a bakery owner who refused to make a cake for a couple on the basis of the baker’s religious views concerning same-sex couples. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in October. Read More


Parents Sue San Diego School Over Protections Offered to Muslim Students

Muslim students are in the political cross-hairs over an anti-bullying policy.

July 27th, 2017

  Several parents have initiated a lawsuit against a San Diego school district on the basis that an anti-Islamophobia campaign by the school promotes and protects Islam over other religions. Legal counsel for the parents has claimed that this promotion is a “solution looking for a problem.” The campaign in question involves placing Islamic holidays Read More


Burkini Debates in France: Why a Woman’s Choice of Swimsuit Matters

A muslim woman wearing a hijab.

October 9th, 2016

A “burkini” is a combination of the words “bikini” and “burqa.” While most of us have a very clear understanding of what a bikini is, a burqa is something much different. A burqa is a robe-like garment that some Muslim women wear over their day-to-day clothes. The burqa completely covers the woman, except for her Read More


China’s Intolerance for Religious Freedom Nearing Breaking Point

The Great Wall of China.

August 17th, 2016

We often talk about religious oppression in the United States. From increased TSA pat downs infringing on personal religions to issues surrounding the separation of church and state, there are a multitude of governmental conventions that suppress U.S. citizens’ right and ability to practice a religion of their choosing. Despite our country’s sometimes unwillingness to Read More


What is Fair? The Fair Housing Act Does Not Protect the LGBT Community

An LGBTQ rainbow flag.

August 14th, 2016

The Fair Housing Act was enacted by Congress in 1968 as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act.  The Fair Housing Act was promulgated in response to the civil rights movement and originally mandated that neither landlords nor sellers could discriminate against renters or potential buyers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or Read More