US Attorney General & Religious Discrimination

US Attorney General Targets Religious

AP, via the San Francisco Chronicle, USA
Feb. 20, 2007
Rose French – Item 17518 – Posted: Wednesday February
21, 2007

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — The Justice Department is launching a program to enforce protections against religious discrimination, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Tuesday.

The First Freedom Projectwould increase education about religious discrimination by holding a series of training seminars throughout the country over coming months, Gonzales told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Gonzales said he also plans to create a Religious Freedom Task Force, which will review policies and religious discrimination cases. He said he doesn’t know how much the program will cost.

“One of our most cherished freedoms … is our religious freedom,” he said. “It is a fundamental part of our nation’s history.”

The first training seminar will be held in Kansas City, Mo., in March, followed by seminars in Tampa, Fla., in April and Seattle in May. Other dates and locations will be announced later.

As part of the new program, the Justice Department is setting up a Web site,, with information on enforcement and how to file a religious discrimination complaint.

Gonzales said a new report shows that the Justice Department has looked into more religious discrimination cases under the Bush administration. For example, he said cases of religious discrimination in education increased from one case reviewed and no investigations to 82 cases reviewed and 40 investigations.

The report on Enforcement of Laws Protecting Religious Freedom highlights the number of religious discrimination cases reviewed or investigated by the Justice Department for fiscal years 2001-06 compared to 1995-2000. It details religious discrimination cases involving employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, public facilities and other areas.

In the period studied, housing- and credit-related cases grew from four investigations and one lawsuit to 18 investigations and six lawsuits while religion-related appellate friend-of-the-court briefs rose from one to 16.

The Justice Department also reviewed 118 cases and 26 investigations related to land use issues since the enactment in 2000 of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which aimed to protect property rights of religious institutions.



This is something that is definitely needed, and could be very helpful to many people across the country. Let us hope that it truly serves the people of the United States in the fashion that it truly should.



That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold thatperisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: – 1Peter 1:7-8

2 thoughts on “US Attorney General & Religious Discrimination

  1. Michael says:

    Amen! And here’s hoping that some of the resources the DOJ has poured into the failed “War on Drugs” will now be diverted to more worthy causes such as this. (Not to mention better enforcement of animal abuse, although that may be as much/more of a local and state issue as/than a federal one.)

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