Tag: Religion

Zahid N. Quraishi

Senate Confirms Zahid Quraishi, First Muslim American Federal Judge in American History

In a remarkable show of bipartisan support for our usually divided congressional leadership, the Senate has voted to confirm the appointment of the first-ever Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history. On Thursday, June 10, Zahid Quraishi was officially approved to the U.S. District Court for the District of New…

education, diversity, new york

New York State Senate Passes Education Diversity Legislation

The New York State Senate voted on Jan. 3 to advance measures designed to improve school diversity, including attracting historically underrepresented talent for teaching positions and improving access to higher education. The “Grow Your Own” initiative for school districts, cooperative education services and higher education institutions is designed to help…

Orthodox, Eruv, Ameren, Champaign-Urbana

Orthodox Jews in Champaign-Urbana Illinois Construct Eruv With Help of Mayor, Volunteers and Ameren

The small but active Orthodox Jewish community of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., had a problem: The area did not have the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the observant religious community during its celebration of Shabbat. Many Orthodox families were not sending their children to the local University of Illinois, and those Orthodox Jewish…

Southern Baptists Condemn 'Alt-Right White Supremacy'

The Southern Baptist Convention officially condemned “alt-right white supremacy” on Wednesday a day after an original resolution was shot down. “[We] decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” the resolution states. Further, members agreed that they “denounce and repudiate white…

Republicans Urge Trump to Enact Discriminatory Executive Order

House and Senate Republicans are calling on President Donald Trump to sign a “religious freedom” executive order that was leaked last month but has not yet been put into effect. The proposed order, “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” would legalize discrimination based on religious beliefs “without suffering…

N.C. Republicans Seek to Ban Gay Marriage

Still reeling on the backlash from its discriminatory “bathroom bill,” North Carolina is back with yet another attack on the LGBT community. Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, all Republicans, on Tuesday filed House Bill 780, or the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” that would not only ban gay…