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Providence says religious restrictions won’t apply to new WSU health clinic

Providence Health & Services has announced that it is revising bylaws to ensure that religious restrictions do not apply to a new WSU health care clinic in Spokane.  The action came soon after the ACLU-WA expressed concerns that health care and education at the clinic would be limited by religious doctrine. Read More »
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ACLU Urges WSU Not to Allow Religious Doctrine to Restrict Health Care and Education

Aug 27, 2014
The ACLU is urging Washington State University’s Board of Regents to decline to support the financing of a new building unless all medical training and practices there will be unrestricted by religious doctrine. Read More »
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The Hobby Lobby Decision: Imposing Religious Beliefs on Employees

Religious freedom is a fundamental right in our society. But while everyone has the right to his or her religious beliefs, those beliefs cannot be imposed on others. Read More »

Report to UN Decries Violations of Religious Freedom of Indigenous Prisoners

Jul 28, 2014
On July 25, Huy and a coalition anchored by the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Rights Fund and American Civil Liberties Union, decried the United States’ violations of American indigenous prisoners’ religious freedoms, to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Read More »

Using Religion to Discriminate

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Religious freedom is a fundamental part of what it means to be an American, and the ACLU supports everyone’s right to exercise their religion. Read More »

Kumar v. Gate Gourmet

Gate Gourmet is an independent provider of catering and provisioning services for airlines and railroads and works at airports around the world. The plaintiffs are employees of Gate Gourmet at SeaTac Airport and based on their sincerely held religious beliefs, observe dietary restrictions. According to the pleadings, due to security provisions and a business rule, employees are prohibited from bringing outside food onto the workplace premises. Because they are given only 30 minutes for lunch and because of security processes and travel distance, it is not feasible for employees to leave Gate Gourmet’s premises to each lunch and return to their work stations within the allotted time. As a result, employees consume meals provided by Gate Gourmet. In spring 2011, Mr. Kumar asked Gate Gourmet to change the contents of the meals so that they did not contain foods that offend employee with dietary restrictions based on their religious beliefs. For a period, Gate Gourmet changed the meals so they accommodated employees’ dietary restrictions. A short time later, Gate Gourmet reverted to using offensive foods without informing employees, and when confronted by employees about the switch back, refused to alter the menu. Read More »
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Religious Freedom Is for All Americans

As the final week of Ramadan approaches, it is important to remember that freedom of religion is for all Americans – including those who are incarcerated. And that the ACLU is committed to defending the civil liberties of all Americans Read More »