A World Without Osama bin Laden: News Roundup

In the news this week: the death of Osama bin Laden, exploring religion in the workplace, two school districts are sued for religious discrimination and more.

Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden’s death has sparked a firestorm of reactions and responses from the global community. In the United states, Muslim communities are hopeful that attitudes towards Islam will improve while guarding against a spike in anti-Muslim sentiment. (NPR) Within Muslim communities many leaders are publicly supporting the government and operation to eliminate bin Laden. (MPAC) And in the media, many are examining bin Laden’s life and global impact as a villain, leader, and icon. (NY Times)
 
In Texas, a school teacher discriminated against his Muslim student, implying a family relation between the student and bin Laden. (ABC) In Maine, a mosque was spray painted with phrases linking the mosque to bin Laden. (Talking Points Memo)
 
Internationally, reactions have run the gamut.  Expatriates are hopeful that this could lead to a reduced occurrence of terror killings. (Arab News) In India, many Muslim religious leaders are challenging the idea that bin Laden was a terrorist and questioning whether the United States violated the sovereignty of another nation. (India Times) Al-Qaida confirms that bin Laden was killed and gives warning that there will be retaliations. (Washington Post)
 
Religion Increasingly Recognized as a Larger Workplace Issue
Religious inclusion in the workplace is becoming a hot topic in the media. ABC’s What Would You Do? explores reactions when overt religious discrimination is exhibited and FIOS 1 reports on anti-Muslim sentiment in the workplace. 
 
Evidencing the importance of religious inclusion, Sikhism training is mandated for California Law Enforcement officers (Sikh Net) and UK religious discrimination cases spike after an electrician battles to display a crucifix in his company van. (Guardian)
 
Religious discrimination Suits Against School Districts
In New York:
"A Christian group is suing a New York school district for a spot on a local high school's list of student clubs
The Frontline Club, a discipleship program based in South Carolina, has brought the legal challenge against the Hicksville Union Free School District Board of Education, alleging that it was denied access to the school because the club is Christian in nature. Without official recognition, FLC is not allowed to hold meetings, make announcements or post its flyer on the campus." Christian Post
 And in Tennessee:
"Sumner County schools have shown a pattern of promoting Christianity by allowing groups to hand out Bibles at school, having students sing “Shout Amen” in a chorus program and permitting a teacher to hang a cross in her classroom, a lawsuit filed Monday alleges.
 
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed the civil suit in U.S. District Court in Nashville on behalf of nine students, who remain anonymous and are not giving media interviews.
 
The suit claims that since 2006, Sumner school officials repeatedly violated the First Amendment requirement that public schools and their employees remain neutral when it comes to the endorsement of one religion over another." The Tennessean
 
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