Combating Religious Discrimination Today: Final Report   [open pdf - 859KB]

"In December 2015, the White House hosted a convening entitled 'Celebrating and Protecting America's Tradition of Religious Pluralism.' That event highlighted our nation's rich religious diversity, but also acknowledged ongoing challenges that people of different religious faiths continue to face. During that convening, Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, announced that in the upcoming months the Justice Department would partner with other Federal agencies to host a series of community roundtable discussions, aiming to 'better understand how the scourge of religious discrimination continues to undermine opportunity.' A few months later, the Justice Department officially launched 'Combating Religious Discrimination Today,' an interagency community engagement initiative designed to promote religious freedom, challenge religious discrimination, and enhance enforcement of religion-based hate crimes. From March to June 2016, the Civil Rights Division, in partnership with U.S. Attorneys and other Federal agencies, hosted seven community roundtables across the country that focused on protecting people and places of worship from religion-based hate crimes (Dallas, Texas); combating religious discrimination, including bullying, in education (Stanford, California and Newark, New Jersey) and employment (Birmingham, Alabama); and addressing unlawful barriers that interfere with the construction of places of worship (Detroit, Michigan). […] The roundtables yielded a rich discussion about the state of religious freedom, religious discrimination, and religion-based hate crimes in the United States. The roundtables also generated many proposals for actions that Participants believe the Federal government -- and community groups working together -- should implement to further the protection of the vital principles of religious pluralism, diversity, and freedom."

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