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Religious Discrimination

'Happy Holidays' Instead Of 'Merry Christmas': Your Legal Right At Work, Not A War

Donna Ballman | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business
Donna Ballman

I know some folks claim there's a "war on Christmas" that includes saying, "Happy Holidays" instead of, "Merry Christmas." I won't get into how silly the whole argument is, but I will say this: you have a legal right to not have your employer force you to celebrate a particular holiday.

These Religious Leaders Say 'Revolutionary Love' Is The Antidote To Bigotry

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion

Muslim Americans have found themselves at the center of ugly debate in the political arena as of late. At a time when religious literacy an...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

A 1950s Superman Poster Says What We All Need To Hear About American Values Right Now

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

With leading presidential candidates floating the idea of a database to track Muslims, media moguls lobbying to bar people of certain r...

Seeking a Cause for Terrorism, France? Look in the Mirror.

Brian Ross | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Brian Ross

If the people of France want to be safe within their borders, rather than build walls, or barriers to immigration, they must build bridges. France must create a future for their minorities, and live up to the constitutional promises of freedom of religion and assembly.

Those Anti-Muslim Rants Are Going To Get Your Company Sued

Donna Ballman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Donna Ballman

In light of the attacks in Paris, I'm guessing there will be lots of workplace water cooler talk about Muslims and Middle Easterners in the news. Inevitably, someone will go on a rant about Muslims. That person will get you sued unless you shut them down speedy quick.

Jeb Bush Doesn't Know Why People Won't Say 'Radical Islam.' He Should Ask His Brother.

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

Since the attacks in Paris last week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) -- and other GOP presidential candidates -- have made a point to use the term ...

Muslim Man Fired From Bed Bath & Beyond Says He Was Called 'Terrorist'

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business

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The Pentagon's Forgotten Weapon Against Extremist Ideology: American Exemplarism

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

This spring, Sikh soldiers serving in the U.S. military marched in New York City at the annual Sikh Parade. The regiment offered an important introspective for Pentagon leadership, and an opportunity to sharpen its strategy against extremism with the power of American ideals.

Fighting Discrimination, Discovering Who We're Fighting For

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
DaShanne Stokes

The day to day things can take many forms. It can be something simple like chopping wood and providing security, but it can also mean many other things, like helping our elders, volunteering in our communities, being mentors and so much more.

Do Religious Organizations Receiving Federal Funds Have a Right to Use Religious Tests in Hiring?

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Steven Shiffrin

Last week 130 organizations wrote a letter to the President to complain about a 2007 Office of Legal Counsel opinion that a religious organization had the right under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to restrict its hiring to those who share the religion of the religious organization.

A Guide To Gun Stores And Ranges Declaring 'Muslim-Free' Zones

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.14.2015 | Religion

The number of gun stores and shooting ranges declaring themselves "Muslim-free zones" appears to have accelerated since last month's shooting deaths ...

Florida Gun Store Sets Up A 'Muslim-Free Zone' After Chattanooga Shooting

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion

The owner of a gun store in Florida is responding to last week's shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which killed f...

Ford Worker Fired For Anti-Gay Comment Sues For Religious Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

A former Ford Motor Co. engineer says in a lawsuit that the automaker violated his religious freedom when it fired him for posting an anti-gay comment...

A Headscarf, Religious Belief, a Supreme Court Decision, and You

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The Seventh-day Adventist Church -- with a more than century-long track record of defending religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities -- early on recognized the critical religious liberty implications central to this case.

Why the Supreme Court's Abercrombie Decision Is a Game Changer for Sikh-Americans

Gurjot Kaur | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Gurjot Kaur

On Monday, Abercrombie & Fitch faced a major defeat in its interpretation of religious discrimination law and employees of faith, especially visibly religious minorities, breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Dave Jamieson

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Muslim Job Seeker

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Monday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may have violated workplace discrimination law when it turned do...

Abercrombie Religious Discrimination Case Less Than Cool For Supreme Court, Sikh Americans

Gurjot Kaur | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Gurjot Kaur

If the Supreme Court imposes stringent notice requirements on job applicants and employees, it will set the clock back on religious rights in the workplace by decades. Employers will be able to duck their heads into the sand any time a visibly religious Sikh, Muslim or Jew walks in.

Abercrombie & Fitch, The Supreme Court and You

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The Seventh-day Adventist church and those diverse organizations who joined our amicus brief hope and pray that the Supreme Court strikes down the Tenth Circuit Court's unreasonable ruling that the burden is on a job applicant to ask for a religious exemption for rules he or she doesn't even know exist.

Indiana Senate Says Yes To Faith-Based Hiring

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Indiana state Senate voted 39-11 in favor of a bill to explicitly permit religious discrimination in hiring by some organizations that...

Muslim Woman Sues Police For Forcing Her To Remove Hijab

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

A Muslim woman who was forced to remove her hijab by police in Michigan claims her religious rights were violated, and she’s hoping a civil rights l...

Bakery Comes Under Fire For... A Pro-Gay Move?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The owner of a Colorado-based bakery is facing a religious discrimination complaint after she refused to bake a cake decorated with anti-gay images an...

Did Religious Discrimination Help Land Serial's Adnan Syed In Jail?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

When he found himself in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Adnan Syed made a conscious choice to “be a better Muslim.” At least that...

Muslim Woman Denied Job At Abercrombie & Fitch

Reuters | Lawrence Hurley | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it would consider whether a Muslim woman denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store because she ...

Did The Restaurant Owner Actually Say That To A Rabbi?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

A Mississippi rabbi and a restaurant owner have agreed to sit down and talk about a salad order gone wrong. Very wrong. Rabbi Ted Riter, of Jac...