There has been a lot going on in today’s world about the unfair treatment of religious minorities. One such example is discrimination in the U.S., especially against Muslims. Catholics, Jews, and Mormons have also suffered a lot of discrimination in history. According to recent research, about 56% of Muslims living U.S. face these types of discrimination in today’s world. They have always been treated with suspicion and singled out by airport security while being called out by offensive names.
Unfair treatment at the workplace
The employees should be given the right to exercise their religious beliefs even when at work. The companies should make it possible to match the employee’s requirements and beliefs, which may differ from the requirements of your workplace. Some common examples could be allowing Muslim employees to wear a beard even if your company has a clean shave policy. The Jewish employees should be given holidays on Friday night to make them attend religious ceremonies. The study shows that employees are less favorably treated due to their religion. The same has been faced by many Sikhs willing to wear turban due to employees ‘no headwear’ policy in the companies.
Many are even harassed, mocked, or feel afraid, which creates a significant impact on their productivity and confidence. To avoid such things, it must be started right from the recruitment process by welcoming the application from people of all faiths. Companies should also come up with plans for religious festivals and fasting periods or provide a room for prayer to meet their needs.
Harassment by governments
There have also been government restrictions by regulating such laws and policies to restrict religious freedom. The part of the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East-North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa also face government favoritism of religious groups. They limit the activities and enhance government harassment of minority religious groups. Two other types of social hostilities, harassment by individuals and social groups and religious violence by organized groups (including neo-Nazi groups such as the Nordic Resistance Movement and Islamist groups like Boko Haram), have risen more modestly. The social hostilities have risen interreligious tension and violence, the best example of which is communal clashes between Hindus and Muslims in India. The highest level of restrictions can be seen in Europe. The government has put restrictions on Muslim women’s clothing and Sub-Saharan Africa, where people have been forced conversions through kidnappings.
Flaws in law
Every country has flaws in the doctrines of legal issues similar to the family Cases of Egypt, where spouses with the same religion get the opportunity of religious group canonical from the courts. However, when one spouse is Muslim, and the other has different religious courts defer to Islamic family law. In sub-Saharan Africa, the constitutional passes declaring Islam the state religion where privilege was granted to the Catholic Church that was not available to other groups. The agreement allowed for “Catholic educational institutions, charitable activities, and pastoral work in military, hospitals, and penal institutions, as well as Catholic teaching in public schools.” It also provided tax exemptions for Catholic properties and places of worship. Similarly, in the Maldives, it is a criminal offense to promote a religion other than Islam, followed by punishment up to five years in jail. The government of Laos mandates to seek permission for holding religious services, build houses of worship, and establish new congregations.
The increasing terrorism
There also exists an organized group in the Middle East and North Africa who practice violence. This has given rise to terrorist-related groups and the recent example of attacks in Egypt in 2017, when shooters carrying the ISIS flag attacked a Sufi mosque in northern Sinai, leaving 311 dead. And on Palm Sunday, suicide bombings at two Coptic churches in the country – which ISIS claimed responsibility for – left 45 people dead. Some of the popular groups include ISIS and other groups in Syria, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Hamas in the Palestinian territories. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram became increasingly active in the country, “committing abuses such as mass killings, kidnappings, sexual assault, forced conversion, and forced conscription,” according to the U.S.
Such discriminations also include publishing articles or cartoons that are derogatory toward a certain group, property damage, detentions or abductions, displacement, physical assault, and deaths of members of religious groups caused by private individuals or social groups.