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Americans see discrimination in radically different ways

By Debra Mason
Why don’t all Americans believe Muslims face discrimination? Watch the above video from Atlantic staff writer, Emma Green, who explains the different perspectives Americans take on regarding religious discrimination in the United States following the 2016 election.

The Atlantic. (2017, April 11). Why Don't All Americans Believe Muslims Face Discrimination? Retrieved from The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/522588/why-dont-all-americans-believe-muslims-face-discrimination/

Pew Research: Global restrictions on religion rise modestly in 2015, reversing downward trend

By Debra Mason
A Pew Research Center study indicates that restrictions and social hostilities involving religion increased for the first time in three years; research suggest this is partially as a result of government harassment and use of force against religious groups among the refugees entering Europe. Countries with high or very high levels of government restrictions against religious beliefs and practices only increased from 24 to 25 percent, while those with social hostilities against religious groups increased from 23 to 27 percent. To read the full study, click here.

Pew Research Center. (2017, April 11). Global Restrictions on Religion Rise Modestly in 2015, Reversing Downward Trend. Retrieved from Pew Research Center: http://www.pewforum.org/2017/04/11/global-restrictions-on-religion-rise-modestly-in-2015-reversing-downward-trend/

An unorthodox gift to Notre Dame from Muslim philanthropists

By Debra Mason
Rafat and Zoreen Ansari had a goal to make an impact on promoting improved understanding of religion with equal respect. By way of a $15 million gift to the University of Notre Dame, they are providing the means to create the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion; “the institute will aim to deepen knowledge of religion and look to explain how the traditions and practice of various religions influence world events.” As Muslims, they acknowledge that this gift has come at a “politically charged time” given the national “debate over Muslim immigration in America and Europe,” though this was not intended to be a political statement. Click here to read the full story.

Bibliography: Sullivan, P. (2017, March 17). An Unorthodox Gift to Notre Dame from Muslim Philanthropists. Retrieved from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/your-money/norte-dame-muslim-philanthropists.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FReligion%20and%20Belief&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=collection

LGBTQ candidates make politics fierce in award-winning documentary
"Out Run" is now available for educators

(April 19, 2017 | Walking Iris Media) - OUT RUN is a compelling new documentary that triggers dynamic discussions in the classroom about how to politically organize for equality on a national and international level. The film sheds new light on issues of critical importance such as: political engagement in global human rights movements, LGBTQ lives in Asia and the Global South, and personal stories of underrepresented communities fighting to defeat cultural, religious, and familial misunderstandings. Click here for more information.

After coming out as gay, a Russian violinist's new reality

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
(April 17, 2017 | NPR Music) - A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay. Read more

Google accused of ‘systemic’ gender pay discrimination by Labor Department


By Kaitlyn D'Onofrio
(April 10, 2017 | DiversityInc.) - The Department of Labor has accused Google of severely discriminating against its female employees by paying them considerably less than their male counterparts, a report from The Guardian reveals. Read more


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