Archive for: July, 2009

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.


SB 786: Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Speaker Dave Hunt delivers a floor speech on the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act.


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 law is too strict on teachers' religious garb (Oregonian)

EXCERPT: In nearly every state in the union, local school districts have the discretion to say whether teachers can wear religious garb such as yarmulkes, turbans and head scarves while on the job. Not around these parts. Oregon is one of only two states with laws that expressly forbid public school teachers from wearing religious clothing. Read the full article: […]


Law Professor Alan Brownstein on California marriage debate (Liberty Magazine)

Religious liberty and equality is predicated on the right to be different. Its underlying principle is that we do not have to accept the truth or value of someone else's religious beliefs in order to agree that those beliefs and practices deserve protection against discriminatory treatment.


Shabbat in Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church present the fifth annual Shabbat in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, celebrating their legacy of social justice and equality.


July 2009 News and Opinion – The Economy, Marriage, and More

July 2009 News and Opinion – The Economy, Marriage, and More Posted using ShareThis


Bronwyn Winter: Uncovering the French Headscarf Debate

The hijab is arguably the most discussed and controversial item of women's clothing today. It has become the primary global symbol of female Muslim identity for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and is the focus of much debate in the confrontation between Islam and the West. Nowhere has this debate been more acute or complex than in France. In Hijab and […]