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Archive for the ‘Church and schools’ Category.

 

Religious Icons in Public Institutions

An Oklahoma university is the site of a recent battle over religious icons in public institutions.

October 4th, 2017

  East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, recently announced that it would remove religious icons from its chapel. The university’s president, however, announced that she would first receive feedback from faculty, community members, and students. The president of East Central University went so far as to express regret on making the decision too quickly without Read More


Elementary School Principal Falls Under “Ministerial Exception”

A Roman Catholic elementary school principal is unable to pursue a retaliation case against the Archdiocese of New York because of “ministerial exception.”

September 1st, 2017

The Second District Court of Appeals recently ruled that a Roman Catholic elementary school principal is unable to pursue a sex bias and retaliation case against the Archdiocese of New York because the principal  is barred by a “ministerial exception.” The Facts of the Case The case involved St. Anthony’s School, which is located in Read More


Parents Sue San Diego School Over Protections Offered to Muslim Students

Muslim students are in the political cross-hairs over an anti-bullying policy.

July 27th, 2017

  Several parents have initiated a lawsuit against a San Diego school district on the basis that an anti-Islamophobia campaign by the school promotes and protects Islam over other religions. Legal counsel for the parents has claimed that this promotion is a “solution looking for a problem.” The campaign in question involves placing Islamic holidays Read More


Florida Public School Teacher Faces Lawsuit Over Banning Cross Necklaces

A Roman Catholic elementary school principal is unable to pursue a retaliation case against the Archdiocese of New York because of “ministerial exception.”

June 16th, 2017

A public school district in Florida faces a lawsuit after a teacher banned students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom and began advocating for LGBTQ rights. This case highlights some interesting issues about the interplay between religious rights and public education. The Activity of the Riverview High School Teacher At the beginning of the Read More


Kentucky Passes Bible Bill to Allow Religion in Classes

An Open Bible

April 11th, 2017

  Last month, a bill was passed in Kentucky that will change the role that religion plays in public schools. Public schools are now one step closer to allowing their staff members to express their religious beliefs on school property. In accordance with this bill, teachers will be granted the ability to use the Bible Read More


Religion in Schools: The Role of School Officials and Religious Events

A young woman praying in a high school

March 2nd, 2017

  The Biloxi School District in Biloxi, Mississippi has attempted to make changes in response to a complaint that was made by a national freedom-from-religion advocacy group regarding religion in schools. This change was made to help ensure that school officials do not participate in or promote religious events. How the Case Began Freedom from Read More


Satanic Religious Display at School Prompts Constitutional Debate

A Satanic Pentagram

January 31st, 2017

  A group of demonstrators at Boca Raton Community Middle School would like a teacher who has expressed alternative religious views removed from the faculty. Language Arts teacher Preston Smith has erected a Satanic religious display over the holiday season that features a pentagram and sign declaring “In Satan We Trust” that stands next to Read More


Teacher Loses Appeal Regarding Religious Expression in the Classroom

Muslim students are in the political cross-hairs over an anti-bullying policy.

December 13th, 2016

A New York teacher recently had a case heard in Second Circuit Court of Appeals court concerning the display of religious items in her classroom. The lower court previously ruled against the teacher. Individuals who are interested in the ongoing debate about religious expression in the classroom should understand some information about this case. Backgrounds Read More


LGBT Teens Need Guidance During Difficult Times

Two women hold each other.

August 12th, 2016

Do you remember middle school or high school? Many of us have strong memories associated with our adolescent years and oftentimes they are not great. Teen years can be difficult; you are going through changes and trying to figure out who you are. This transitional period can be particularly difficult for teens struggling with their Read More


Superior Court of New Jersey Cites Separation of Church and State, Precludes Religious Schools From Receiving State Grants

St Giles Organ in St Giles Cathedral

June 10th, 2016

On May 26, 2016, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, citing separation of church and state, held that two religious institutions may not receive their allotted $11 million in state grants. The Court’s holding stems from a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) in 2013.  The ACLU-NJ Read More