When presented with a court order to formally recognize an LGBT student group, the Jewish Yeshiva University in New York City determined it would be optimal to “hold off on all undergraduate club activities while it takes steps to follow the roadmap provided by the US Supreme Court to protect YU’s religious freedom.”
On April 27, 2021, a cadre of former and past students sued Yeshiva University to force the institution to recognize their gay activist group, the Yeshiva University Pride Alliance. The students behind the suit suggested that the college’s refusal amounted to a violation of New York’s human rights law.
In June, Democratic Judge Lynn Kotler of the New York Supreme Court First Judicial District ruled that Yeshiva University must approve the formation of the gay activist club. Kotler argued that the college did not constitute a “religious corporation,” but was instead — according to its own charter — an “educational corporation,” meaning the city’s anti-discrimination law applied. Read more
Based on her Christian faith, the Queen encouraged dialogue and tolerance among different Christian churches and with other religions. This is especially true of the two oldest faiths in Great Britain: Catholicism and Judaism. Read more
America’s majority faith has an uncertain future — the share of Christians is set to fall to as low as 35 percent by 2070 as millions become agnostic, atheist or unaffiliated, a study of religious trends shows.
Pew Research Center says the number of U.S. adults identifying as Christian has dropped from 90 percent in the 1990s to 64 percent now, and will likely trend downwards into a minority faith over the coming decades.
The decline is due to Christians switching to ‘nones’ — a secular mishmash of atheists, agnostics and those with no religious identity — which is set to grow from about 30 percent nowadays to as much as 52 percent by 2070. Read more