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Justice Department announces initiative against religious discrimination

March 15, 2016

The US Department of Justice has announced “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.”

“Hate-motivated violence, harassment and discrimination violate America’s laws and threaten our founding vision of a free and tolerant society that welcomes people from every creed and walk of life,” said Vanita Gupta, principal deputy assistant attorney general. “Robust community engagement and meaningful dialogue can help our country fulfill its promise of religious freedom, and we look forward to tackling this challenging work with creative solutions in the months ahead.”

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  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Mar. 16, 2016 7:59 AM ET USA

    And will the interagency "community engagement initiative" also combat discrimination against Christians, or only against Muslims?

  • Posted by: the.dymeks9646 - Mar. 15, 2016 3:56 PM ET USA

    Beware of the ides of March. Unfortunately, knowing our DOJ, this probably means just the opposite of what it sounds like, since it's a hate crime to decline baking a cake for a gay wedding.