Five stories you need to know (6/23)

 

Photo: Hafiz Issadeen

Poson Pandal at Aluthgama, Sri Lanka | Photo: Hafiz Issadeen

Northern Indiana teacher files EEOC complaint alleging he was fired for being an atheist    |   Job Applicants: Maybe It’s Best Not To Mention Religion   |   Who Is Leading the Muslim Peace Movement? Millions of Muslims, That’s Who.    |   Religion and reality TV: Is it a match made in heaven?    |   Deadly Religious Violence Erupts in Sri Lanka

Northern Indiana teacher files EEOC complaint alleging he was fired for being an atheist
“I was retaliated against and dismissed for filing the religious harassment complaint against Principal Gerald Rasler and for being an atheist,” Pack said in a recent phone interview. “I refused to pray, be a Christian or go along with any of (Rasler’s) evangelizing in the school, and they dismissed me over it.” Read more.

Job Applicants: Maybe It’s Best Not To Mention Religion
University of Connecticut researchers conducted two studies that show that employers are less likely to respond to job applications if a resume contains a reference to membership in a religious group. Read more.

Who Is Leading the Muslim Peace Movement? Millions of Muslims, That’s Who.
Islamophobia was on full display at the Heritage Foundation last Monday. Speakers at a panel mercilessly mocked and berated a Muslim student who asked about religious diversity. The panel “turned ugly” when Saba Ahmed, a Muslim American student at American University, inquired about the lack of Muslims on the panel. Read more.

Religion and reality TV: Is it a match made in heaven?
America’s favorite guilty pleasure is getting a religious spin as a few new shows bring a faithful flair to reality TV. Read more.

Deadly Religious Violence Erupts in Sri Lanka
In some of the worst religious violence in Sri Lanka in decades, three people have been killed and 78 injured in riots between Buddhists and Muslims in this southwestern coastal town after months of rising tensions, officials said Monday. Read more.