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Archive for the ‘Religious Law’ Category.

 

State Law on Religion Not So “Peachy” for Georgia Sports Fans

Football player holding a football

June 7th, 2016

Much of the case law surrounding sports and religion in recent history has focused on the high school or collegiate level. The “Friday Night Lights” traditions that bind school age sports stars to their parents and predecessors are often steeped in religion, be it through prayer, cheers, or statements of good luck. For much of Read More


The Use of Religious Pat-Down: Increased Security or Violation of Freedom of Religion?

The Statue of Liberty

June 5th, 2016

Other areas of the world have dealt with religion-based terrorist attacks on their soil long before the United States entered the stage begrudgingly in 2001. Since the attacks on New York, our country has been fighting terrorism around the globe in a constant struggle to keep our nation safe from the plots of zealots whose Read More


Religious Freedom Restoration Act: The True Meaning

flowers

May 30th, 2016

In 1993, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was passed. The reasons put forth in support of this legislation included a growing fear among people that the provisions in the Constitution protecting citizens’ religious freedom were being ignored and slowly encroached upon by other laws. Through its passing, church leaders could continue to act Read More


Is Refusing Medical Care for Your Child a Religious Freedom?

a doctor

May 27th, 2016

Just recently, Mariah Walton publicly exclaimed that she plans to prosecute her parents for failing to seek medical care for her when she was a minor. Mariah, now 20, has pulmonary hypertension, and must carry an oxygen tank around with her (when she is not bedridden) so that she can breathe. Mariah alleges that her Read More


Searching for a Sign, Small Congregation Sues

church

May 24th, 2016

In a case that garnered less national attention than other cases that made their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, a small congregation in a suburb of Flagstaff, Arizona received a “win” when the Supreme Court ruling ended in their favor in June of 2015. The decision, though local in origin, may have farther reaching Read More


Worldly Perspective: Religion and the Constitution

Globe

May 13th, 2016

There has been much attention drawn over the past year to the religious freedom bills being presented by legislatures across the states. Some have been passed, some have failed, and some have reached a state’s highest executive officer only to be vetoed. Proponents of these laws argue that they are designed to ensure that the Read More


Rise in Faith? Mississippi Religious Law Spurns LGBT, While Promoting One Religion

LGBT rainbow flag

May 11th, 2016

Some argue that Mississippi has long been known as one of the most conservative in the nation, with its people and legislature thumbing their noses at many of the federal government’s social reform efforts throughout the course of post-Civil War history. Others claim that the state is merely holding true to its roots and ensuring Read More


21st Century Constitution and Religious Tests

Bill of Rights

May 7th, 2016

The Constitution of the United States of America is fairly straightforward regarding freedom of religion and religious tests. This is especially true when you consider the fact that it was written over 200 years ago by men who had no idea what life in the USA would be like in 2016. Yet their words and Read More


The Reflection of Religion: LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom

LGBT rainbow flag

May 3rd, 2016

What is the difference between civil hate and criminal hate? Other than the obvious types of penalties, these two forms of hatred are more similar than many people want to admit. Sure, a criminal action typically involves physical bodily harm to a person or their property, but are not a person’s mental and emotional well-being Read More


State Religion: An Amendment Away?

American flag waving in the wind

April 20th, 2016

In order to fully understand the precarious nature of a situation, it is sometimes necessary to step back and view it from another perspective. In the context of constitutionally protected religious freedom in the United States, this perspective can be obtained by looking to other countries around the world. A recent development in Bangladesh’s constitutional Read More