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Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam's holy book, the Quran. Their white skull caps signify that they are students at one of the tens of thousands of religious schools across the country that have become embroiled in a debate about where militancy comes from.
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Utah lawmakers unveil 'historic' anti-discrimination, religious rights bill

Dennis Romboy  |  posted Mar 4th - 6:53pm
Calling it a monumental and historic day, Utah lawmakers unveiled much-anticipated legislation Wednesday that aims to balance religious rights and protections against discrimination of LGBT people in the workplace and housing.
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Utah lawmakers advance alternative religious rights proposal

Kelly Catalfamo, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 8:31pm
Hours after Utah senators unveiled comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation that earned the approval of the Mormon Church and LGBT rights advocates, lawmakers in the House decided to move forward with an alternative proposal.
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NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

Karen Matthews and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 7:51pm
The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.
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Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 4:41pm
Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals.
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Mayor: NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 11:41am
The New York City public school system is set to observe a pair of Muslim holidays for the first time.
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Judge kills religious bias suit against church school system

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 7:01am
A religious discrimination lawsuit filed against Sioux City's Bishop Heelan Catholic school system has been dismissed.
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Teachers urge archbishop to remove handbook morality clauses

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 3rd - 10:51pm
Teachers and staff from four Catholic high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are urging their archbishop to remove morality clauses from the faculty handbook.
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Idaho Senate opens with Hindu prayer, 3 lawmakers protest

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 3rd - 4:02pm
Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate's daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer.
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Student abused by teacher sues Western Mennonite School

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 3rd - 3:51pm
An Oregon teenager sexually abused by a high school teacher has sought millions of dollars in a lawsuit against the school that employed the teacher.
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Newly named San Diego bishop calls for immigration reform

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 3rd - 2:51pm
A history scholar selected by Pope Francis to be the new Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego said Tuesday that he will be a "friend" to the Latino community and called for comprehensive immigration reform.
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Christianity no longer required for school chief in Michigan

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 3rd - 2:31pm
A northern Michigan public school district says it's no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian after getting a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union.
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