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Archive for the ‘Church and schools’ Category.

 

Supreme Court to Reconsider Issue of School Prayer

The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of school prayer after it heard the case of a football coach who was fired for praying on the field.

June 10th, 2022

After Joe Kennedy was offered a job as a high school football coach in Washington state, he started praying after games. Kennedy was curious whether God agreed with his career change and accepted the position that would impact his faith. Kennedy claims that he left this prayer with confidence that God wanted him to coach Read More


Hilliard School in Ohio Considers Off-Site Religious Programming for Students

LifeWise Academy requested that Hilliard City Schools in Ohio let students choose to receive religious programming at off-site locations.

May 27th, 2022

The Bible education facility, LifeWise Academy, recently requested that Hilliard City Schools adopt a measure that lets students choose off-site facilities to receive religious programming. Some of the school board’s members do not condone the change. The district lacks a policy, even though the school board can implement one. Other nearby school districts including Upper Read More


Oklahoma Bill Proposes Fining Teachers With Anti-Christian Messages

Oklahoma considers a bill that would permit fining teachers if they provide opposing views to the religious beliefs of students. 

May 20th, 2022

An Oklahoma republican legislator recently introduced a bill that would permit fining teachers and initiating legal action against them if they provide an opposing viewpoint to any religious beliefs held by a student.  The Measure on Fining Teachers Oklahoma Senator Rob Standridge introduced Under the Student’s Religious Belief Protection Act, which proposes fining teachers $10,000 Read More


Families Initiate Legal Action After West Virginia School Holds Christian Assembly

Parents initiated legal action against a school in West Virginia after it permitted a preacher to conduct a Christian assembly during school.

March 22nd, 2022

Parents and students recently initiated legal action against a school district in West Virginia after the school permitted a preacher to conduct a Christian assembly during school. Some students were even required to attend this assembly. The lawsuit was filed after 100 students walked out of their classrooms at Huntington High School. They chanted slogans Read More


Religious Rights Lawsuit Initiated After Student Forced to Eat Pepperoni Pizza

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January 28th, 2022

A former high school student who was a football player at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio recently filed a lawsuit after he was forced to eat pepperoni pizza. Eating pork is against his family’s religious beliefs, so school officials violated his civil rights, the suit claims. The Basis of the Pepperoni Pizza Lawsuit The Read More


Federal Judge Will Rule in Cambridge Christian’s Prayer Lawsuit

A federal judge will rule in a prayer lawsuit over whether an athletic association violated the first amendment rights of a Christian school.

January 21st, 2022

Over five years later, a judge for a federal court is positioned to decide a prayer lawsuit regarding whether an Athletic Association in Florida unlawfully interfered with the First Amendment rights of a Christian school in Tampa after the Association banned the broadcast of a prayer that occurred during competition. During this championship football game, Read More


West Virginia Prayer Group Accused of Religious Rights Violations

Oklahoma considers a bill that would permit fining teachers if they provide opposing views to the religious beliefs of students. 

January 14th, 2022

A prayer group at a West Virginia school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. One woman claims that the school has ordered her daughter to participate in a Prayer Club meeting at West Virginia’s public school, Chapmanville Middle. The parent additionally claims the school’s principal instructed teachers to keep the girl Read More


Operation Christmas Child Tests Constitutional Limits of Kansas Public School

Parents initiated legal action against a school in West Virginia after it permitted a preacher to conduct a Christian assembly during school.

December 24th, 2021

Last year, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) focused on and was able to stop a Kansas public school from taking part in Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a yearly nonprofit activity supported by the Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse. This case highlights the constitutional limits between public schools and religious practice. What Led to the Publication Read More


Student Challenges San Diego COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Over Religious Rights

Oklahoma considers a bill that would permit fining teachers if they provide opposing views to the religious beliefs of students. 

December 17th, 2021

A 16-year old high school student in San Diego recently initiated legal action in federal court against the San Diego Unified School District. The student asserts that a vaccine mandate requiring qualified students to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the end of December 2021 constitutes religious discrimination.  San Diego’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate The San Read More


Federal Court Allows Catholic School to Fire Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage

A federal court in Indiana recently ruled that a Catholic school could refuse to renew the employment contract of a gay guidance counselor.

December 14th, 2021

The United States District for the Southern District of Indiana recently ruled that a Roman Catholic school and its archdiocese could refuse to renew the employment contract of a guidance counselor. The counselor in question entered into a same-sex marriage after spending years at the school in various capacities ranging from choral director to guidance Read More