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AG Targets Religious Discrimination

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Feb 24, 2007 in World
Attorney General Alberton Gonzalis announced the Justice Department is to begin a program to enforce protections against religious discrimination.
There would be training seminars of the First Freedom Project to educate about religious discrimination.
Gonzales plans to have a Religious Freedom Task Force. It would review policies and religious discrimination cases.
"One of our most cherished freedoms ... is our religious freedom," he said. "It is a fundamental part of our nation's history."
Under the Bush administration the Justice Department has looked into more religious discrimination cases.
The report on Enforcement of Laws Protecting Religious Freedom was on the number of religious cases from 2001-06 compared to 1995-2000 of religious discrimination cases that had been reviewed or investigated. The cases were about employment, housing, credit, public accommodatios, public facilities and other areas.
During the period religion-related appellate friend-of-the-court cases rose from one to 16 cases.
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