Here are the top stories about religion that you need to know:
Muslim bus driver’s discrimination lawsuit against MTA continues, even after driver’s death more than two years ago • France’s Far-Right To Ban Faith-Based School Lunch Options • Sacred Grounds — for Lawsuits • Religious leaders agree on interfaith teachings for children • Are Christians the Most Persecuted Religious Group?
Muslim bus driver’s discrimination lawsuit against MTA continues, even after driver’s death more than two years ago
‘I would rather die dignified than compromise my religious beliefs,’ Stephanie Lewis told her husband before she died.
Lewis refused to put an MTA logo on her khimar and the MTA fired her. In 2004, Lewis sued the MTA but died (because she could no longer afford health insurance or health care) before her case was completed.
Last week, Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Sandra Townes said that the case can continue even though the MTA filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
France’s Far-Right To Ban Faith-Based School Lunch Options
France is in the news again. This time because far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said his party would prevent schools from offering special lunches for Muslim students in the 11 towns it won in local elections. The party claims that accommodating student’s religious needs are contrary to France’s secular values. What will the children eat?
Sacred Grounds — for Lawsuits
Kentucky Fried Chicken recently had to pay $40,000 to settle a religious discrimination claim. U.P.S. recently agreed to pay $70,000 to settle another religious discrimination claim. According to this article, religious discrimination claims are on the rise. What are some ways to avoid such lawsuits? Hint: accommodation and respect.
Religious leaders agree on interfaith teachings for children
Can you guess where (state or country) this article appeared? The answer might surprise you.
Are Christians the Most Persecuted Religious Group?
In his latest book, The Global War on Christians, author John Allen claims that Christians are “the most persecuted religious body on the planet.” On the other hand, David Frankfurter, a Boston University professor and chair of religion, says “The problem with imagining a global persecution of Christians, or of any religious group, is that each case is really quite different.” Read the article to learn more.