Religious Diversity News

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Trump admin could pull funding for Duke-UNC program over alleged pro-Islam bias

The Trump administration has threatened to withdraw federal funding to a joint Duke University-University of North Carolina Middle East studies program over concerns it has misused federal funding and displayed a pro-Islam bias.

The Department of Education sent a letter late last month warning the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East studies that it appears to be failing to meet requirements for a National Resource Center grant for foreign language and culture programs.

Source: Trump admin could pull funding for Duke-UNC program over alleged pro-Islam bias – The Christian Post

Virginia woman sues, says prayer break request cost her job

A northern Virginia woman is suing a company that she says refused to hire her after she requested two five-minute breaks to pray during her work shift.

Shahin Indorewala, 26, of Woodbridge says her job interview with Falls Church-based Fast Trak Management was going well until she asked if she could take the prayer breaks in exchange for a shorter lunch break to accommodate her practices as an observant Muslim.

Source: Virginia woman sues, says prayer break request cost her job – Religion News Service

9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 – Center for American Progress

The past year has posed significant challenges for many LGBTQ members of faith communities. For example, a recent vote in the United Methodist Church strengthened its ban on marriage for same-sex couples and LGBTQ clergy, leaving many LGBTQ United Methodists feeling discouraged and isolated. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is actively stripping away nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The administration often justifies these actions under the flimsy guise of religious liberty, arguing that religious traditions are a valid excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people, further erasing the experiences of LGBTQ people of faith.

Source: 9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 – Center for American Progress

Muslim inmates sue L.A. Sheriff’s Department, alleging religious discrimination – Los Angeles Times

Three Muslim men are suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, alleging they were denied access to an observant diet and proper religious garments and texts, while the same accommodations were made for inmates of other faiths.

Source: Muslim inmates sue L.A. Sheriff’s Department, alleging religious discrimination – Los Angeles Times

Six Faiths: A rainbow of religions span spiritual spectrum

Tallahassee is much like other mid-size cities in the American South — it takes its religion seriously. Just under 50% of Tallahasseeans consider themselves religious and practice their faiths.

And in our city, there are many faiths to choose from. From established Christian traditions, including Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical practices to Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Bah’i and Judaism, there is a worship service available.

Source: Six – Faith: Diversity of faiths span spiritual spectrum