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Archive for the ‘Church and schools’ Category.

 

Religious Rights Lawsuit Initiated After Student Forced to Eat Pepperoni Pizza

A pepperoni pizza is shown.

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

A prayer group at a West Virginia public school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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

Last year, the Freedom from Religion Foundation was able to stop a Kansas public school from taking part in Operation Christmas Child.

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

A prayer group at a West Virginia public school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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


Football Coach to Appeal Ninth Circuit Decision Involving Prayer

A high school football coach vowed to appeal after the 9th Circuit upheld a decision to ban him from praying on the field at the end of games.

December 7th, 2021

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently declined to hear the decision of a three-judge panel that decided a school district in Washington state was permitted to ban a football coach from taking a knee in personal prayer following a football game. This article examines this case and the implications that Read More


Public School Lawsuit Arises Over Aztec Prayer

A challenge was recently made by a group of parents to a California ethnic studies model curriculum that suggests students engage in an Aztec prayer.

November 23rd, 2021

A challenge was recently made by a group of parents to a California ethnic studies model curriculum that suggests students engage in an Aztec prayer. The parents argue that the material violates both the U.S. and state Constitutions. How the Aztec prayer Case Arose At the center of this case is the Ethnic Studies Model Read More


Tennessee Law Addresses School Bathrooms

Picture of a gendered bathroom

June 19th, 2021

Tennessee’s Governor recently signed legislation that prohibits transgender students and staff from using bathrooms or locker rooms that conform to their gender identity. The bill limits communal school bathrooms and locker rooms to be used by people depending on their  “biological sex” at the time of birth. The bill also requires schools to provide “reasonable Read More


Religious Teacher Alleges Termination Due to Same-Sex Marriage

A Texas legislator is now attempting to pass a law that would abolish the right to marriage between same-sex individuals in the state.

June 17th, 2021

An appeal was recently filed with the Indiana Court of Appeals after a judge dismissed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The judge was assigned the case after the Indiana Supreme Court voted 2-2 on a request to hear the case. The Chief Justice in the case abstained. The split decision, however, led a Read More