Shami Chakrabarti January 18, 2010.
You may remember the story of Nadia Eweida, the British Airways check-in worker who was banned from wearing a small cross on a chain. This modest manifestation of her faith was as important to her as a turban or hijab to other workers. Yet the airline accommodated these other items without, perhaps, embracing the underlying values that would have protected Ms Eweida and anyone else from the blundering assertion that “rules is rules is rules”. After a public outcry that included secular, religious and political voices from across the spectrum, the airline modified its uniform policy. But not before Ms Eweida had been off work for months without pay, and crucially, without accepting the ethical and legal principle that would protect her and others of all faiths and none in the future. Worse still, BA instructed an international law firm strenuously to resist her claim of religious discrimination.
Agencies October 8, 2009.
Print: Gulf News
Riyadh: A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced a man to five years in prison and 1,000 lashes for boasting about his premarital sexual conquests on a TV talk show.
AP September 10, 2009.
A preacher who went to prison for stealing millions of dollars from the National Baptist Convention U.S.A will learn Thursday whether members think he deserves a chance to once again lead the denomination.
An unsuccessful last-minute effort by the Rev. Henry J. Lyons to get a court to derail the election underscores the long-shot nature of his bid to regain the presidency of the nation’s largest and oldest predominantly black denomination.
AP June 2, 2009.
Print: Associated Press
A U.S. appeals court ruled that a kindergartner’s mother cannot read Scripture during her son’s show and tell.
Anil Dawar June 1, 2009.
Print: The Guardian
A teenager is facing prosecution for using the word “cult” to describe the Church of Scientology.
The unnamed 15-year-old was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the London headquarters of the controversial religion.