Religious Freedom

Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

January 1, 2017
FARGO - The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit on December 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect January 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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New California Law to Prevent Bullying of Sikh and Muslim Students - World Religion News

October 21, 2016
CA Governor Jerry Brown signs Safe Place to Learn Act to protect Muslim and Sikh students from bullying. The aim of the Safe Place to Learn Act or AB 2845 is to prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying against Muslim and Sikh students in the classrooms of California. This new law will provide teachers, staff, and administrators with resources that will help them to identify, prevent, and find a solution to bullying and discrimination happening in their schools. The bill comes in the wake of the rise in incidents reported in the California. The law requires the...
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Does “Religious Freedom” Deserve Scare Quotes? | Religion Dispatches

October 21, 2016
As a seasoned editor and journalist who spent her career reporting on marginalized communities, I’m generally wary about the use of so-called scare quotes in writing intended for a broad audience. Placing a legitimate phrase or concept in quotes is the textual equivalent of adding air quotes and rolling one’s eyes—like when we talk about Donald Trump’s support for so-called traditional marriage. (He’s such a proponent of the Biblical definition of marriage he’s been married three times, after all!)

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Yazidi Woman Who Escaped ISIS Captivity is Awarded Human Rights Prize - World Religion News

October 21, 2016
Nadia Murad, Yazidi woman who survived ISIS captivity receives Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. On October 10, 2016, the Council of Europe awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to 23-year-old Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman formerly held captive and abused by ISIS, now turned human rights activist. Murad was also expected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize this year but such distinction was conferred to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos earlier this month.

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NYC exhibition sheds light on Sikhs and their religion - The Washington Post

September 30, 2016
NEW YORK — Sat Hari Singh, a New York City subway operator, threw his train in reverse on 9/11 to send it away from the chaos at ground zero. Japjee Singh sued a school system in Georgia to get protections from school bullying. U.S. Army Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, a doctor, fought for the ability to wear a turban while in uniform.

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