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Archive for the ‘Church and schools’ Category.

 

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

A teacher's desk with an apple

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


Friday Night Lights: Prayer in Football

Football player holding a football

March 29th, 2016

Many cases have passed through the American court system that contribute to what we understand to be the current state of First Amendment jurisprudence. These cases together form a structure that is supposed to provide guidance to us as citizens, both lawyers and nonlawyers alike. It is also a part of American culture to question Read More


Violence and Religion: Inextricably Entwined?

American flag waving in the wind

December 21st, 2015

With the recent tragedy in Oregon, Americans are reminded yet again of the dangerous power of religious conviction. News reports of the incident informed us that the shooter allegedly linked his killings to whether the victims were Christian. This and other incidents around the world lead many to believe that violence and religion are different Read More


Hate Crimes and Churches – A Historical Connection, Anew

hate crimes

December 17th, 2015

It is an unfortunate part of American history that has inexorably linked religious institutions with actions caused by bigoted hatred.  What history teaches us is that whenever someone with hate in their heart wants to send a message, they typically do so with a violent act such as what recently happened in South Carolina.  Congregations Read More