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Religious Discrimination 101: On The College Campus May 8, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Alan Cooperman, anti-Christian, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, college, College discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gary A. Tobin, Institute for Jewish and Community Research, professor discrimination, Religion, religous discrimination, university.
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Alan Cooperman wrote a interesting story for the Washington Post that talks about the views that college faculty have towards religion. Specifically it seems that negative views of evangelical Christians topped the list in the one study that was done:

The other survey, by the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish and Community Research, confirmed those findings but also found what the institute’s director and chief pollster, Gary A. Tobin, called an “explosive” statistic: 53 percent of its sample of 1,200 college and university faculty members said they have “unfavorable” feelings toward evangelical Christians.

A graph accompanying the story drove the point home. By comparison, only three percent of faculty members had unfavorable feelings toward Jews. What’s funny is that the latter survey was designed to gauge anti-Semitism.

The only groups with significantly negative responses were Christians and Muslims. A full third of faculty had negative views toward Mormons, with 22 percent reporting unfavorable views toward Muslims, 18 percent with negative feelings toward atheists, 13 percent with negative feelings toward Roman Caholics, 10 percent with negative feelings toward the non-religious, nine percent with negative feelings toward non-evangelical Christians and four percent reporting negative views toward Buddhists.

Link to the full article at washingtonpost.com

Indianapolis city officials accused of religious discrimination March 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in ADF, anti-Christian, Baptist Church of the Westside, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, city zoning, David Langdon, Discriminate, Discrimination, Indianapolis, Indianapolis discrimination, zoning code discrimination.
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A Baptist church in Indianapolis is standing its ground in a dispute with city officials over alleged violations concerning zoning codes. The Alliance Defense Fund is appealing the decision of a federal judge that could prevent the church members from meeting in their leased facilities.

Last month, city officials in Indianapolis sent a letter to the Baptist Church of the Westside, where members meet regularly at their leased building for worship and other church-related activities. The letter said the church’s “religious use” of the property violated the city’s zoning code.

A federal district court has refused to halt enforcement of the zoning code, so ADF attorneys are appealing that decision. David Langdon, an allied attorney with ADF, says churches should not be relegated to second-class status by city zoning officials.

“The city has indicated that they’re going to pursue legal action against the church, which could involve severe fines up to $2,500 a day as well as possibly seek an injunction from a court shutting them down, preventing them from meeting and from worshipping on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday nights and so forth.”

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Alternative site by Christians has become target of mockery on Web March 1, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Boing Boing, Christians, Conservapedia, Mark Frauenfelder, ScienceBlogs, ScienceBlogs network, Wiki, Wikipedia.
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An alternative Wikipedia written by conservative Christians has become a major target of mockery on the web.

Conservapedia, a wiki-based encyclopedia that offers the historical record from a conservative perspective, is attracting lots of derisive comments on blogs and a growing number of phony articles written by mischief makers.

Conservapedia “is a gold mine of unintentional hilarity,” wrote Mark Frauenfelder on Boing Boing last Monday.

The Wonkette political blog encouraged its readers to contribute to “this fast-growing, Jeebus-and-America-friendly online resource.” So did the ScienceBlogs network, which said, “There’s much fun to be had.”

Even conservative commentators like Andrew Sullivan are bemused.

Conservapedia brands itself on its main page as “a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American.”

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Principal Deems Jesus Chant Offensive February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Anti-Defamation League, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Semitism, basketball, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, cultural diversity club, Dennis G. Manning, Dennis W. Price, Discriminate, Discrimination, Jesus Chant Offensive, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Norfolk Academy, sensitivity training, Sullivan, tolerant, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, We love Jesus.
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A Catholic school principal has organized sensitivity training for students who shouted “We love Jesus” during a basketball game against a school with Jewish students.

The word “Jew” also was painted on a gym wall behind the seats of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School students attending the Feb. 2 game at Norfolk Academy, said Dennis W. Price, principal of the Virginia Beach school.

Price who also watched the game, said the rivals exchanged chants, “Then, at some point, our students were chanting, ‘We love Jesus.'”

“It was obviously in reference to the Jewish population of Norfolk Academy; that’s the only way you can take that,” he added. (more…)

Discrimination against atheists? February 10, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in atheist, atheists, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Discrimination against atheists, Jewish, Jews, Muslim, Muslims, religious groups.
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We have covered stories in the past about discrimination against Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other religious groups, but are atheists also discriminated against in today’s society?

Gideons arrested for distributing Bibles on public sidewalk February 8, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in ADF, Alliance Defense Fund, Anthony Mirto, anti-Christian, Bible, Bibles, Card, Christian, Christians, Cindy Peryam, Discriminate, Discrimination, distributing Bibles, Ernest Simpson, Gideons, Gideons arrested, Gideons International, Janine Gedman, Jo DeCamp, Jon Ellsworth, Monroe County Sheriff, Rick Ramsay, Sheriff Rick Roth, Val Marinello.
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PLANTATION KEY, Fla. — Two members of Gideons International arrested for distributing Bibles on a public sidewalk will be represented by Alliance Defense Fund attorneys. Anthony Mirto and Ernest Simpson were arrested, booked into jail, and charged with trespassing.

“The First Amendment protects the right to engage in religious speech on a public sidewalk,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman. “Members of the Gideons have been highly respected for decades as peaceful providers of free Bibles to those who want them.”

On Jan. 19, Mirto and Simpson began distributing copies of the Bible on a public sidewalk outside Key Largo School. Neither man entered school grounds. After the school’s principal called police, a Monroe County Sheriff’s officer asked the men to leave immediately or face trespassing charges. As the men prepared to leave, the officer decided to arrest both individuals.
A hearing will be held March 5 in the County Court in and for Monroe County, Florida, in State of Florida v. Simpson and State of Florida v. Mirto. ADF attorneys are preparing a motion to dismiss the charges.

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Saudi school in London ‘racist’, former teacher claims February 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Apes, Christian, Christians, Colin Cook, discrimination against Jews, institutional racism, Jew, Jewish, Jews, King Fahad Academy, Monkeys, Pigs, Racism, Racist.
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A school in London that is owned, funded and run by the Saudi Arabian government teaches students that Christians are ‘pigs’ and Jews are ‘monkeys’, a former teacher has alleged in an employment tribunal claim.

The Times of London reports that Colin Cook, who taught English at King Fahad Academy for 18 years, cited Arabic teaching materials used at the school to confirm his belief that the academy was “institutionally racist”.

“The schoolbooks presently in use describe Jews as ‘monkeys’ (or apes) and Christians as ‘pigs’,” said Cook, who was dismissed from the school in December.

After speaking to senior staff about his concerns, Cook, 57, claims he was told: “This is not England, it is Saudi Arabia.”

He is taking action against the school for unfairly dismissing him and because he alleges he suffered racial discrimination for not being a Saudi.

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Anti-Christian and Anti-Muslim Discrimination at Pace Law School February 4, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Anti-Christian discrimination, Anti-Muslim discrimination, Card, Christian, Christian Legal Society, Christians, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Islam, Islamic, Muslim, Muslim Law Students’ Association, Muslims, New York Law School, Pace Law School, Pace Law School discrimination, sexual orientation, Stephen J. Friedman, Student Bar Association, White Plains.
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Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, is being asked to reverse its decision to deny recognition to a campus Christian student group. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the school refuses to give the Christian Legal Society chapter official status, even after “remarkable concessions” by the faith-based group.

The Student Bar Association at Pace Law School in White Plains has denied official recognition to the campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society. The move comes despite the fact that the Christian group added “sexual orientation” to a non-discrimination clause in its constitution and opened membership to non-Christians.

Greg Lukianoff is president of the academic freedom and individual rights watchdog group, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He says his organization is calling on Pace officials to recognize the Christian Legal Society, which has, he notes, made “remarkable concessions” in order to conform to the school’s non-discrimination policies.

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New York: Steal the Baby Jesus, that’s OK, Kick the Menorah Go to Jail January 23, 2007

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On Sunday, the New York Times ran a story about two 20-year-olds, and an 18-year-old, who were arrested for stealing statues of baby Jesus from nativity scenes over the past two years. They hit the New York-suburban communities of Suffern and Haverstraw several times in 2005 and 2006. The police said they will not charge them with committing hate crimes; each is being charged with 14 counts of petty larceny.

Also on Sunday, WNBC.com reported that a 20-year-old was arrested for kicking a menorah in the New York suburban community of St. James. He is being charged with a hate crime and could face seven years in prison. He is being charged with a felony.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented saying, “This is so interesting. The reason the menorah is allowed in New York City public schools is because the authorities have branded it a secular symbol, and the reason the crèche is barred is because the same authorities have branded it a religious symbol. Yet when a 20-year-old man vandalizes a menorah outside New York he is charged with a hate crime and may spend seven years behind bars for his felony, while three others of the same age who vandalize several crèches outside New York-over a two-year period-are given a slap on the wrist.”

Donohue concluded, “We have long maintained that hate-crime laws evince a bias of their own. This proves it.”

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Bigotry Against Christians Now Entertainment for NBC and CBS January 12, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Homosexual, Jesus.
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World Net Daily is reporting two stories that show that bigotry against Christians on television is becoming almost common place. The first involves the show “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”:

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NBC has plummeted to the level of CBS, with a late-night skit that blatantly mocks Christianity by portraying Jesus as a homosexual voyeur, a stunt that would have been instantly condemned nationwide if it had focused on any subject other than Christianity, according to a pro-life leader.

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“The NBC and CBS television networks may be rival corporations, but they have one thing in common,” he said. “Both networks have allowed programming that blatantly mocks Christianity.”
He told WND in an interview that the fact that such ridicule is allowed in the U.S. reflects more on Christians than on non-Christians.
“We’ve been put in the back of society’s bus. The bad thing is we’re willing to do it. If we responded like blacks, Jews, you name the different groups, homosexuals… If we responded like they do, only in love, this kind of thing wouldn’t happen. It wouldn’t be tolerated here,” he said.

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In the latest episode, O’Brien introduces the skit: “Our last new character’s heart is in the right place, even if he’s a complete idiot. Please welcome … the homophobic country western singer.”
Then a middle-aged man wearing western clothes comes out from behind a curtain and starts to play a guitar and sing:

Oh I love you Jesus
But only as a friend.

You touched my heart but I hope

That’s where the touchin’ ends.

You’re always lookin’ over me

When I need a higher power.

But you better look at somethin’ else

When I’m in the shower.

“The idea that anyone would think about the Son of God in this way is simply appalling,” Scott said. “The inferences that permeate the song are utterly disgusting.”

Scott said he’s written to Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment, objecting to the airing of this material.

“I notice the song was not about a Rabbi. I notice the song was not about Buddha. I notice the song was not about Muhammad. If it had been about any of these, the network would surely have disallowed the airing of such garbage,” Scott said in the letter. “But since the song was about Jesus Christ, nothing was done.”

The other case involves the show “Two and a Half Men”:

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Muslim march meant to intimidate Christians January 1, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Card, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Muslim.
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WorldNetDaily.com is running an article about Islamic groups intimidating Christians in Nazareth:

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NAZARETH – Islamic groups held a large militant march down the main streets of Nazareth this weekend, highlighting for some here the plight of Christians in this ancient city where Muslims have become a majority and members of the dwindling Christian population say they suffer regular intimidation.

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Islamic Movement leaders paraded down Nazareth’s main thoroughfare brandishing their party’s green flag. Young Muslim men in battle gear marched and beat drums as a man on loudspeaker repeatedly exclaimed in Arabic, “Allah is great.”

Hundreds of activists strutted screaming Islamist epithets, including “Islam is the only truth” and “Islam shall rule all.”

Tens of thousands of Nazareth residents, seemingly mostly Muslim, congregated on the streets as the march passed by. Muslim children launched firecrackers into the sky, occasionally misfiring, with the small explosives landing dangerously close to the crowds.

Many of the town’s Christian residents stayed away from the event, with the exception of Christian shopkeepers who worked in the area. WND observed as several Muslim youth marching in the parade started to charge at three local Christian shopkeepers but the youth stopped short.

Excerpt:

While the march was billed as a celebration, it’s militant virtues were clearly visible. The event seemed more a show of force than a street party.

“The march is meant to intimidate Christians,” said Saleem, a Nazareth Christian resident who asked that his last name be withheld for fear of what he said was “Muslim retaliation” for speaking out.

“It’s part of the methods used by the Muslims in very obvious ways to create an atmosphere where the Christians should know the Muslims are the main power and we are not welcome anymore,” Saleem said.

[Link] Read the rest of the article at WorldNetDaily.com

More on the War on Christmas and Christians November 28, 2006

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A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film “The Nativity Story” might offend non-Christians. New Line Cinema, which said it was dropped, had planned to play a loop of the new film on televisions at the event. The decision had both the studio and a prominent Christian group shaking their heads.

“The last time I checked, the first six letters of Christmas still spell out Christ,” said Paul Braoudakis, spokesman for the Barrington, Ill.-based Willow Creek Association, a group of more than 11,000 churches of various denominations. “It’s tantamount to celebrating Lincoln’s birthday without talking about Abraham Lincoln.”

He also said that there is a nativity scene in Daley Plaza _ and that some vendors at the festival sell items related to the nativity.

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Heterophobic Police Officer Threatens Christians August 8, 2006

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A homosexual-activist police officer assigned to security at a Promise Keepers men’s conference in Florida is being investigated for threatening members of a Christian organization petitioning for a state constitutional marriage amendment.

“I have never in my life seen such unprofessional and bizarre behavior from a law enforcement officer,” said John Stemberger, the president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council.

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Anti-Defamation League names Focus on the Family and Christians as ‘opponents’ and danger to America July 13, 2006

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The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League states:

“Their goal is to implement their Christian worldview. To Christianize America. To save us!

Who are the major players? They include Focus on the Family, Alliance Defense Fund, The American Family Association and the Family Research Council. They and other groups have established new organizations and church-based networks, and built infrastructures throughout the country designed not just to promote traditional “Christian values,” but to actively pursue that restoration of a Christian nation.”

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The interesting corollary is that the Anti-Defamation League actively campaigns for Israel, the Jewish nation, which was restored in 1948.

As well as, the Anti-Defamation League apparently did not seek to separate church and state from the creation of the current State Department office to monitor anti-Semitism around the world. In fact the Anti-Defamation League supported it, as reported by the Washinton Times:

The Anti-Defamation League, a 91-year-old private organization that combats racism, including anti-Semitism, supported Mr. Lantos´ bill for providing “an additional tool for the United States to continue its leadership effort to hold governments accountable for past failures and to encourage and note progress.”

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