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Archive for the ‘Separation of church and state’ Category.

 

Searching for a Sign, Small Congregation Sues

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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


21st Century Constitution and Religious Tests

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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


State Religion: An Amendment Away?

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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


Religion and Millennials: Are the Lines of Religion Blurring in the United States?

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April 1st, 2016

There are few people who would deny that the first Europeans to travel to the land that would become the United States of America were fiercely religious. They believed so strongly that their way of life was the correct one that they fled persecution in their homelands to find ground where they could plant roots Read More


Sexism in Religion: Christianity and the War of the Sexes

March 21st, 2016

Any time that proponents of combining secular governance principles with the (Christian) church profess their belief that this nation should be a religious nation, they should be reminded of the many sins committed by the religious states of the past and how our Constitution was created to prevent those sins from being used against American Read More


Religion in Politics: A History of Faith

March 15th, 2016

Which is more true in today’s political environment: ‘Faith in politics’ or ‘Faith and politics’?  At the heart of this question is what many Americans struggle with every election season, as they are bombarded by the beliefs of candidates for an office that is (perhaps remarkably) still very secular. The original language of the U.S. Read More


Islam: The “Other” Religion in American Politics

American flag waving in the wind

March 2nd, 2016

The United States has been considered a Christian country for most of its history. It was not until the 1960s, however, that religion and politics became almost inextricably entwined. When the country’s first Catholic president took his oath of office, he did so despite the extreme pressure from opponents during his run who ran smear Read More


If You Build It: Battle Between Kentucky and Noah’s Ark Builder Continues

December 19th, 2015

In a lawsuit that was filed over the summer, a religious group in Kentucky is claiming that the State owes it money that it had originally promised, but then rescinded. The questions that will be decided during the litigation will call into question one of the oldest disputes in our country’s history: Where is the Read More


Oklahoma Highest Court Says Ten Commandments “Not OK”

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September 9th, 2015

There is arguably no constitutional amendment that causes more division among people because of its own provisions than that caused by the First Amendment.  As much as one group of individuals looks to the text of the amendment to protect one set of rights, another group seeks the same protection from a different portion of Read More


Conflict of Religion: Teacher Claims School Violated Constitution

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August 27th, 2015

A conflict between Judaism, Christianity and the Constitution has recently been brought to the court system in Colorado.  A Jewish teacher filed a lawsuit against the Fremont RE-2 School District, its superintendent, and its principal for allegedly promoting Christianity in the school.  Whether the school’s actions are a violation of the Constitution will be decided Read More