This week, schools were all over the news for discrimination in hiring and an allegedly unconstitutional establishment of religion. Workplace bias and discrimination also made a mark, and the constantly-growning furor over potential burqa bans continued to make headlines. And, as always, a study!
An Indiana third-grader and her parents are suing the Fort Wayne Community Schools over a religious class, reports the Fort Wayne News Sentinel. Haley Elementary, held hour-long religious classes, called Weekday Religious Education and run by Associated Churches of Fort Wayne, in trailers on school grounds. The suit says that after the student's parents found out she attended the religious program, they voiced their objections and she was removed from the program – but not before “suffering irreparable harm,” according to the suit.
“Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County has since 1944 offered the weekly classes in which students learn the Bible during school day sessions in mobile classrooms that are nicknamed "little churches on wheels" . . . The group says the classes are non-denominational and use the Good News Bible as a textbook. The class, the website says, ‘is based on understanding the word of God and applying it to our lives, living as an example of God's love, and trying to be more like Jesus every day,’” writes the Louisville Courier-Journal.
- A Clackamas County judge (Oregon) ruled this week that parents who belong to a church that practices faith healing must surrender their child for failing to provide adequate medical care, OregonLive.com reports. Treatment was ordered for the child and temporary custody given to the Department of Human Services.
- The burqa ban continues to push forward in the French parliament, reports CNN. Meanwhile, in the UK, a Tory MP launched the first legal bid to ban the burqa in Britain (the Daily Mail reports). Scholar Stephen Prothero offers his take on CNN’s Belief Blog.