Archive for the ‘Religious Discrimination’ Category

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Discrimination

There’s been a new development in the situation over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.”

Yesterday, New York Gov. David Paterson came up with an idea that he felt would be a compromise in the recent uproar over the building of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.

A Muslim group’s recent purchase of a building near the 9/11 site has […] Read More

In the Courts, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Discrimination

In Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Judge Walker made it clear that in the United States, marriage is a civil matter.

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life, Religion in the Workplace, Religious Discrimination

Let’s say your boss holds a prayer meeting every morning at 10. Let’s say you’re not comfortable attending. At the next prayer meeting, your boss says, “Anyone who doesn’t like this can go stand in the hall while the rest of us pray.”

What are the chances you’ll walk into the hall? Isn’t it more likely you’ll be […] Read More

In the Courts, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Discrimination

Advocates of church-state separation knew Monday was going to be a big day at the Supreme Court. It was the high court’s final day in session for the 2009-10 term, and four cases were left. Among them was Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a church-state case.

Our normal practice at AU is to pull up a Web site […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Religious Discrimination, Tax Funding of Religion

For several years now, Americans United and other groups have spoken out against religious hiring bias in taxpayer-funded “faith-based” programs.

The issue to many people might seem like a legal abstraction. That’s why it’s helpful to occasionally have a human face put on the controversy.

Consider the case of Saad Mohammad Ali, a Washington state resident who volunteered […] Read More

Religious Discrimination, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

The battle to end Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher program is entering a critical phase.

A little background: The plan, pitched as an “experiment,” was initially authorized in 2004 for five years. Heavily promoted by the Bush administration, it passed the House of Representatives by a single vote six years ago on a night when many voucher opponents were away […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in the Military, Religious Discrimination, Religious Right Research

Two months ago, I wrote a post about religious tolerance being on the upswing at the Air Force Academy. The Associated Press had reported that when Pagan cadets sought a place to worship, Academy officials worked with them to create an outdoor stone circle.

Some people are having a difficult time dealing with that.

Someone recently left […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Life, Religious Discrimination

Some years ago, I attended a press conference held by notorious anti-abortion zealot Randall Terry. There weren’t many people at the event, and afterward Terry asked me where I was from.

When I told him I worked at Americans United, he replied, “You and Barry Lynn had better watch it – you’re going to hell!”

I rolled my eyes and […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Discrimination

Next time you’re in Salt Lake City, you had better refrain from kissing your loved one in public. It could get you arrested.

Especially if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs the show in town, doesn’t like you or what you stand for.

A gay couple learned this the hard way on July 9, when […] Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Discrimination

Imagine this: You’ve been having a really rough day at work, finding it hard to focus on anything other than your impending doctor’s appointment. When 5:00 rolls around, you take a deep breath, hop in your car and start towards his office while futzing with your iPod looking for your favorite Springsteen song. Sweaty palms, you can’t stop thinking […] Read More

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