From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Religious discrimination treating a person or group differently because of what they believe in. Specifically, it is when adherents of different religions (or denominations) are treated unequally, either before the law or in institutional settings such as employment or housing.
Religious discrimination is related to religious persecution, the most extreme forms of which would include instances in which people have been executed for beliefs perceived to be heretic. Laws which only carry light punishments are described as mild forms of religious persecution or as religious discrimination.
Even in societies where freedom of religion is a constitutional right, adherents of religious minorities sometimes voice concerns about religious discrimination against them. Insofar as legal policies are concerned, cases that are perceived as religious discrimination might be the result of an interference of the religious sphere with other spheres of the public that are regulated by law (and not aimed specifically against a religious minority).
- Religious persecution
- Persecution of Christians in the modern era
- Discrimination against atheists
- Discrimination against Muslims
- Civil and political rights
- Islamic religious police
- Out Campaign
- List of anti-discrimination acts
- Religious intolerance