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9/11's Legacy of Religious Discrimination

9/11's Legacy of Religious Discrimination

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:23pm
It's no secret that, after 9/11, a wave of anti-Muslim bigotry washed over the country. The intensity of that prejudice has sustained it for a decade, and, in many ways, anti-Muslim sentiment and fear of Islam seem even stronger and more deeply rooted today than in the months and years after the attack. In the last few years, for instance, a number Muslims or people perceived to be Muslims have been violently assaulted; and scores of mosques and Islamic Centers have been vandalized, with attacks ranging from racist and anti-Muslim graffiti to arson and firebombing.
Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana

Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 10:10pm

Imagine if your child was ridiculed in front of his classmates for his religious beliefs until he was physically ill. Can’t believe it? Neither could we, and that’s why the ACLU and the ACLU of Louisiana sued the Sabine Parish School District on…

Constitutional Law 101: Federal Court Rules That Discrimination Against Muslims Violates the First Amendment

Constitutional Law 101: Federal Court Rules That Discrimination Against Muslims Violates the First Amendment

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:20pm

If implemented, the amendment would have rendered Oklahoma’s Muslims second-class citizens before the state courts.

Debunking the Mythical "Sharia Threat" to Our Judicial System

Debunking the Mythical "Sharia Threat" to Our Judicial System

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:39pm

As the ACLU has documented elsewhere, there has been a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment and attacks on Muslim communities in the U.S. in the last few years. Most recently, multiple states have proposed legislation banning the consideration of Islamic…

School Vouchers Inflict More Harm Than Good

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 10:52am

One of the great American ideals is that everyone has an equal chance to succeed in life. A cornerstone of this ideal is our public education system. American public schools are meant to ensure that every child — regardless of race, religion,…

A Close Shave for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

A Close Shave for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 10:26am

To shave or not to shave? That is the question the Supreme Court will consider today as it once again turns to fundamental issues of religious liberty.

This morning, the justices will hear oral argument in Holt v. Hobbs, a Muslim prisoner's…

Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom in South Carolina

Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom in South Carolina

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:21pm

"What's the harm?" That is the question we are often asked when the ACLU steps in to stop public school officials from including official prayer in school events and proselytizing students. It was a question posed by many community members in the Chesterfield…

Backpacks and Belief:  Religious Freedom Goes to School in South Carolina

Backpacks and Belief: Religious Freedom Goes to School in South Carolina

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:34pm

The new school year starts this week for most public schools across South Carolina, and the ACLU wants to make sure students, parents, and schools are primed on one particularly important subject: religious freedom. That’s why the ACLU and…

Don't B-SHOCked: Settlement Shows Public Schools Can't Proselytize

Don't B-SHOCked: Settlement Shows Public Schools Can't Proselytize

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:25pm

A federal judge signed and entered a consent decree and order today in the ACLU’s case challenging widespread and pervasive religious practices in South Carolina’s Chesterfield County School District. The ACLU brought the lawsuit on…

Kentucky Community Shows Support for Local Muslims' Right to Worship

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 3:14pm

At a hearing Tuesday, the Board of Zoning Adjustments in Mayfield, Kentucky, unanimously granted a permit to a local Muslim man seeking to operate a small prayer center. The decision itself was heartening, but our client should not have had to…

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