Consultation on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation

May 17, 1999





In February 1999, the Pluralism Project was awarded a grant from the Ford Foundation to enable us to host a consultation on religious discrimination and accommodation. This consultation, held May 17 at Harvard University, brought together representatives from advocacy groups of America’s diverse religious traditions. Dr. Diana L. Eck, Project Director and Professor of Comparative Religions, moderated the lively conversation. Topics included religious needs and issues of discrimination in the “public square,” including the workplace, hospitals, and schools.

Participants in the Pluralism Project’s Consultation on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation

American Civil Liberties Union — Mr. John Roberts

American Hindus Against Defamation — Mr. Ajay Shah

American Jewish Congress — Ms. Sheila R. Decter

American Muslim Council — Mr. Aly R. Abuzaakouk

Association for Baha’i Studies of New England — Dr. John Woodall

Buddhist Chicago Project/Religion in Urban America Program — Dr. Paul Numrich

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights — Mr. Rick Hinshaw

Church of Christ, Scientist — Ms. Jane Warmack

Cornstalk — Dr. Vivodh Anand

Council on American-Islamic Relations — Dr. Mohamed Nimer

Family Research Council — Mr. Robert Morrison

Federation of Jain Associations in North America — Mr. Dinesh Dalal

Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America — Mrs. Khorshed F. Jungalwala

Freedom Forum First Amendment Center — Ms. Marcia Beauchamp

Indian Law Resource Center — Mr. Steve Gunn

The Interfaith Alliance — Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

La Casa de Obatala — Mr. Steve Quintana

National Conference for Community and Justice — Mr. Wayne Winborne

National Council of Churches — Dr. Jay T. Rock

People for the American Way — Mr. Peter Montgomery

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — Mr. Mark Pelavin

Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force — Mr. Naunihal Singh

Temple of the Sacred Earth/The Religious Liberties Lawyers Network — H.Ps. Phyllis Curott

The Pluralism Project — Dr. Diana L. Eck

The Pluralism Project — Ms. Elinor J. Pierce

Agenda for the Pluralism Project’s Consultation on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation

I) Issues in the Workplace

II) Issues related to Zoning or Land Rights

III) Hate Crimes, Racial or Religious Intolerance

IV) Issues related to Political Participation (Local, State or National)

V) Issues in the Military

VI) Issues in the Prisons

VII) Issues in Hospitals and Health Care

VIII) Issues in the Schools

IX) Special Issues Distinctive to Each Community