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/


California Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012

California Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012

On June 26, 2012 the California Senate Judiciary passed AB 1964, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012.


UPDATE: California State Assembly Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act

On May 29, the California State Assembly passed the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012 by a vote of 63-6. AB 1964 is now on its way to the Senate.


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 […]


Key California Committee Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Key California Committee Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Photo Credit www.istockphoto.com/ Amelia Johnson n August 2010, Noor Abdallah, a Muslim woman who worked as a hostess at Disneyland's Grand Californian hotel complained that Disney had refused to allow her to wear her hijab, or headscarf, which she wore as a sign of modesty in front of her customers. Disney, which had been working to accommodate her, found a […]


Timeline: Obama Administration Actions Affecting U.S. Religious Freedom | Christianity Today

Excerpt: "The past year has marked a shift in religious liberty debates, one that previously centered on hiring rights but became focused on health care requirements. When President Obama first took office, faith-based groups were especially concerned that organizations that discriminate in hiring based on religious beliefs would become ineligible for federal funding. In 2011, the President indicated that he […]


The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

In ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court protected the right of a religious organization to select its clergy without government interference and avoided placing church doctrine under government interpretation. Civil magistrates will not be in a position to where they are forced to determine which religious view, that of the clergy member or the church, is correct.