Discrimination

3 states still ban religious clothing for teachers (Associated Press)

EXCERPT: PORTLAND, Ore. – A law backed by the Ku Klux Klan nearly a century ago to keep Catholics out of public schools is still on the books in Oregon, one of the last states in the nation to prohibit teachers from wearing religious clothing in classrooms. Both Pennsylvania and Nebraska have similar laws, which try to balance the constitutional […]

 
 

Civil Rights Pioneer E.E. Cleveland talks about meeting Martin Luther King, Jr.

On August 30, 2009, renowned evangelist Edward Earl Cleveland died at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88.  Cleveland worked for more than 60 years as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, evangelist, church leader, teacher, and civil rights leader. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended one of Cleveland's tent meetings in 1954 in Montgomery and the two created a lasting […]

 
 

Tennesee governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

Tennesee governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

  On July 1, 2009, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.  Introduced in February, House Bill 1598 requires Tennessee courts to apply the "compelling state interest" test to cases in which a law substantially burdens one's right of free exercise of religion. The state now has the burden of proving that the law furthers a […]

 
 

When work and religion collide

When work and religion collide

Because religious beliefs are protected and there is a more diverse workforce, religious accommodation issues have increased. This article was written by originally published in the July 19, 2009 Zanesville TimesRecorder and is reprinted here with the permission of the author. By Jim Evans This is not your father's workplace. A snapshot of today's workforce looks dramatically different than it did a […]

 
 

Governor signs Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Governor signs Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Northwest Religious Liberty Association Press Release – July 21, 2009 The Stage Was Set On a sweltering Friday summer evening, and just two minutes prior to going on stage before approximately 2,000 Seventh-day Adventist Christians at the Gladstone, Oregon Campmeeting, the Honorable Representative Dave Hunt (D), Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Oregon Legislature, informed the president and staff […]

 
 

Justice Department Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Essex County, New Jersey (DOJ Release)

The Department filed a lawsuit today against Essex County, N.J., alleging that it discriminated against a Muslim corrections officer on the basis of her religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The suit alleges that the county refused to permit Yvette Beshier to wear a religiously mandated headscarf while working as a corrections officer.

 
 

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signs the Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Breaking News:  We have received word that Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has signed the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786). SB 786 requires employers to make credible attempts to accommodate religious holy day observance and religious dress. Prior to SB 786, employers in Oregon could make only the bare minimum effort to meet accommodation requirements. This bill will be […]

 
 

Oregon House of Representatives passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Oregon House of Representatives passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act

SB 786 has passed both houses of the legislature and is now on the Governor's Desk.

 
 

Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony on the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony on the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act

SALEM, OREGON –  On April 9, 2009, the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786).  House Speaker Dave Hunt, Bureau of Labor and Industry director Brad Avakian, and Senator David Nelson led the testimony in favor of the bill followed by Northwest Religious Liberty Association president Gregory Hamilton, attorney Michael D. Peabody, […]

 
 

Canada: Fundraisers planned for Alberta pastor punished for expressing beliefs

You may recall that Pastor Stephen Boissoin got himself in hot water with the Alberta Human Rights Commission when he wrote a letter to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate that was critical of the "homosexual agenda."  The community newspaper published the letter and the pastor was promptly sued.  Limits on free speech can lead to persecution and should […]