Archive for October 15th, 2010

Defending Religious Students’ Civil Rights

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In hopes of protecting students from religious discrimination, two U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include religion to Title VI, which already prohibits discrimination based on “race, color, or national origin.”

Several incidents involving anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, and anti-Sikh epithets have recently been reported. They include slurs, obscenities, and even physical violence against students at American schools. So U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) and U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-California) have proposed new legislation to protect students from such discrimination.

The main area that we see the challenges has to do especially at the graduate school level with scheduling — especially scheduling that conflicts with Sabbath observance and the refusal of graduate programs to schedule courses on week nights and requiring students to attend Saturday classes against their religious beliefs as a condition of completing a professional degree program,” [Alan Reinach, executive director of the Church State Council] explains.

He believes Christian students are experiencing increased pressures to conform to academic perspectives that often conflict with their biblical convictions.

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