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Posts tagged ‘church and state’

 

Webster Parish Passes New Religious Policy Exception

The Webster Parish School Board in Louisiana announced that it plans to adopt a new policy concerning religious expression in public schools.

June 14th, 2018

  The Webster Parish School Board in Louisiana announced in April of 2018 that it plans to adopt a new policy concerning religious expression in public schools after a lawsuit was filed claiming the school’s officials promoted religious expression that violated the First Amendment. The policy is focused on preserving and explicating the religious rights Read More


Satanist Group Challenges Missouri Abortion Law

A group of Satanists is challenging a Missouri law that requires women who want an abortion to receive a booklet stating that life begins at conception.

March 2nd, 2018

  A group of Satanists at an organization called the Satanic Temple recently challenged a Missouri law that requires women who want an abortion to receive a booklet stating that life begins at conception. They took their case to the Missouri Supreme Court by arguing that this requirement violates the religious beliefs of women. This Read More


Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Bible Class in Public School

A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the legality of a weekly Bible class because the class is no longer being taught.

January 12th, 2018

  A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by two West Virginia residents and the Freedom from Religion Foundation that challenged the legality of a weekly Bible class in elementary and middle schools located in Mercer County, West Virginia, because the class is no longer being taught. United States District Judge David A. Faber argued that Read More


Louisiana School District Cited for Religious Practice in School

Bossier School District in Louisiana was recently informed they are violating the law by implementing improper religious practice at public schools.

December 20th, 2017

  There have been many cases in the news regarding the role that religious practice such as prayer should play in public schools. Recently, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a watchdog group in Washington D.C., accused the Bossier School District in Louisiana of violating the law in this area by implementing improper Christian prayer at public Read More


School Prayer During High School Football Games

School employees will no longer be able to participate in school prayer at football games and other school-sponsored activities.

December 7th, 2017

  The Freedom from Religion Foundation recently resolved an issue with Coweta County School System about end-of-game school prayer by football players. The ultimate decision reached between these two groups is that school employees are prohibited from participating in these prayers. The purpose of the Freedom from Religion Foundation is to ensure that proper distance remains Read More


School in New Mexico Removes Religious Mural

The Webster Parish School Board in Louisiana announced that it plans to adopt a new policy concerning religious expression in public schools.

November 21st, 2017

A public school in Clovis, New Mexico recently painted over a mural that featured a biblical quote. The mural, which was displayed in a public school hallway, displayed an anchor, a dove, and religious scripture. The scripture was Hebrews 6;19 which reads “Hope anchors the soul.” Since 2013, the mural had been displayed in the Read More


Montana Department of Revenue Challenges Tax Program

The Montana Department of Revenue is fighting a program whereby public money is used to pay for the education of students in religious schools.

November 15th, 2017

  The Montana Department of Revenue has announced that it will continue to fight against a court ruling that money from a tax credit program can benefit religious schools. The most recent action in this case is that the Montana Department of Revenue has filed an appeal with the Montana Supreme Court. In 2015, a Read More


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

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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


Religious Freedom Restoration Act: The True Meaning

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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


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