Friday News Roundup: Discrimination on the Rise

But first, a quick follow-up: In mid-December, we wrote about a global Pew study on restrictions on religious freedom. This week,  the Pew Forum held a roundtable discussing  it, and the transcript is now available. They review the methodology and findings, and fit a few laughs in a long the way. Read it here.

And now, the week’s top stories:

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Friday News Roundup: Button, button; who’s got the button?

NEWSWhat you wear really does make a statement: a Home Depot employee in Florida and a student in Utah both get in hot water for their accessories, and at least one of these is ending up in court.

Meanwhile, fascinating health care debates go on – should health care reform cover faith healing, and is faith healing really healing?

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Competing Interests – Religion and LBGT Issues in the Workplace?

Earlier this month, I attended the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Orlando, Florida where I conducted a 150 minute intensive workshop entitled “HR Innovations: A Practicum in Managing Religious Diversity and LGBT Issues”. Our presentation was designed to explore the tensions and misunderstandings that commonly emerge between religious and LBGT employees in the workplace and to introduce participants to some of the ways to recognize and resolve these conflicts.

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Friday News Roundup: Islam All Over

NEWSIslam. In lots of different forms and with news both good and bad,  it was all over this week (although honestly, that’s not all that different from any other news week in the US). We’ve hit a point where even an article on how not to be discriminatory provokes accusations of discrimination. We’ve also got some activity around the ongoing faith-healing cases, especially in Oregon. See you after the jump…

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Christianity – The New Minority?

While it may seem counterintuitive, considering that Christianity is the majority religion in the US, I’ve been noticing an interesting trend in the media: there seems to be a growing number of cases in which Christian employees maintain that they were subject to religious discrimination in the workplace.  Read the rest of this entry »

Friday News Roundup: Dastaars on the Defense

istock_000003001750xsmallIf you’re like a lot of non-Sikhs you probably don’t know what this headline means, because you don’t know what a dastaar (or dastar) is.

A dastaar is the turban traditionally worn by Sikh men, and the right to wear it is under attack from all quarters: schools and workplaces in the U.S., the U.S. miliary and schools internationally.

Also this week:  a plug for Tanenbaum staffers and Peacemaker Azhar Hussain!

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Let the Games Begin

Historically, America hasn’t had the easiest time adjusting to changes in the religious landscape.  Getting through the apprehension and confusion surrounding new or imported beliefs and arriving at some level of tolerance and respect took months, or years.  Now, atheism and agnosticism are on the rise – the Pew Forum reports that over 16% of American adults say they are unaffiliated and not religious (atheists, agnostics, secular individuals and those who describe their religion “as nothing in particular”) – and the process of dealing with new interreligious [mis]understandings has begun yet again.

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