Thursday, March 15, 2007

Department of Justice Seeks to Protect Religious Freedoms

From "Department of Justice seeks to protect religious freedoms" by Allie Martin, posted 3/13/07, at

A new program has been introduced by the U.S. Department of Justice to educate Americans about their religious liberties. During the past decade, complaints of religious discrimination regarding employment practices rose 69 percent -- which is one reason why the Justice Department has unveiled the "First Freedom Project."

Wan Kim is assistant attorney general with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. He says not only will the First Freedom Project educate citizens about their religious rights and freedoms, but the initiative is being backed up with action. Recently, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asked Southern Baptist Convention leaders to help when it comes to identifying and reporting cases where the rights of Christians have been violated. Kim says there are many common issues that lead to discrimination against believers.

As part of the First Freedom Project, the U.S. Department of Justice has set up a Web site,, to provide information including how to file a religious discrimination complaint. Also, Attorney General Gonzales has said he plans to create a Religious Freedom Task Force to review religious discrimination cases and policies and help make people more aware of their First Amendment Rights.

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