Civil Rights

Celebrating California's New Religious Freedom Law (Washington Post)

Rajdeep Singh writes in the Washington Post about AB1964, recently signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. Excerpt: When my Sikh father immigrated to America in 1970 to practice architecture,employers told him that he could have a job only if he removed his turban and shaved his beard. He refused to abandon his faith and took his first job […]

 
 

California Governor to sign workplace religious dress and grooming bill

California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign workplace religious accommodation legislation this weekend. AB 1964 will amend Section 12940 of the Government Code, which prevents employers from discrimination based on a person's religious belief or observance. The existing code reads, "Religious belief or observance, as used in this section, includes, but is not limited to, observance of a Sabbath […]

 
 

Judge Allows Muslims to Use Murfreesboro Mosque (NYTimes.com)

Excerpt: "What the judge did was wrong in that he held the mosque to a much higher standard than any other institution applying for a land-use permit in Rutherford County," said Eric Rassbach, a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit law firm that helped file the lawsuit on behalf of the mosque. Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/us/judge-allows-muslims-to-use-murfreesboro-mosque.html

 
 

Hawaii Judge Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Excerpt:  A U.S. District Court judge in Honolulu has rejected arguments from two lesbians who said that Hawaii's 1998 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. According to court documents released Wednesday, Judge Alan Kay dismissed the lawsuit, Jackson v. Abercrombie, saying that a decision like this should be left to the Legislature – not the courts. http://m.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/08/08/16783-hawaii-judge-upholds-same-sex-marriage-ban/

 
 

U.S. State Department releases International Religious Freedom Report for 2011

The U.S. State Department has released the 2011 report on international religious freedom. While significant areas of concern are present, there are also some signs of hope. The website with the report is quite helpful and easy to navigate. Visit: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm

 
 

Two American Pastors Jailed in July

Last week two Christian pastors were jailed in the United States for violation of court orders involving two different types of property disputes.

 
 

Ronald Reagan on Preserving the Sacred Fire of Human Liberty

Ronald Reagan on Preserving the Sacred Fire of Human Liberty

Remarks of President Ronald Reagan on the 200th anniversary of Signing of the the U.S. Constitution on September 18, 1987. s we stand here today before Independence Hall, we can easily imagine that day, Sept. 17, 1787, when the delegates rose from their chairs and arranged themselves according to the geography of their states, beginning with New Hampshire and moving […]

 
 

Giving An Account: William Wilberforce and the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Giving An Account: William Wilberforce and the Abolition of the Slave Trade

By David C. Read – illiam Wilberforce (1759-1833) was the grandson of a British merchant who had made his fortune trading with the Baltic nations. William's father died when William was nine, and his temporarily overwhelmed mother sent him to live with an aunt and uncle who were Methodists. At the age of 17, William was sent to study at […]

 
 

Sikh Group Develops App to Report Airport Profiling (CNN)

EXCERPT: Airline travelers who feel they've been harassed at airport check-ins by screeners now have a speedier outlet on which to complain right at their fingertips. The Sikh Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group, on Monday released a mobile application on iPhones and Android phones giving passengers who feel they've been racially or religiously profiled a way to speak out […]

 
 

Tom McClintock – CISPA Cyber-security Bill – A Truly Orwellian Measure

Speech Made by Congressman Tom McClintock from the House Floor on April 27, 2012