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Alabama Considers Revising Yoga Ban

Since 1993, the state of Alabama has maintained a yoga ban in public schools, arguing it is a "Hindu philosophy" and a "method of religious training."

April 17th, 2020

For more than a quarter-century, the state of Alabama banned yoga as a “Hindu philosophy” and a “method of religious training.” Lawmakers in Alabama, however, are looking to change this approach. This article reviews the yoga ban in the state of Alabama as well as the proposed changes The Yoga Ban in Alabama In 1993, Read More


Florida Legislators Debate Proposal to Allow Pre-Game Prayers at Athletic Events

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a bill that would permit pre-game prayers at school-sponsored athletic events.

April 14th, 2020

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a regulation that would permit pre-game prayers before sports games. This bill is motivated in part by a recent lawsuit between a Christian school and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). The proposed regulation would require the FHSAA to provide schools with 30 seconds for opening remarks over Read More


Federal Court Rules Against Praying Coach

A U.S. District Court judge ruled against a praying coach who received national attention when the coach’s school prohibited him from praying on the field.

April 3rd, 2020

A United States District Court judge recently ruled against a high school football coach who received national attention when the coach’s school prohibited him from praying on the 50-yard line. The praying coach later commenced legal action on the basis that his religious rights were violated How the Case Arose Since joining the football team’s Read More


Brigham Young University Reinstates Ban on Homosexual Behavior

Brigham Young University recently announced that homosexual behavior was no longer banned at the school, before the Mormon Church immediately backtracked.

March 31st, 2020

Utah’s Brigham Young University recently backtracked and announced that “homosexual behavior” was still banned at the school. This announcement came just two weeks after the school appeared to remove a ban on homosexual behavior. Consequently, LGBTQ students at the Mormon-owned university have found themselves in a difficult position. The School’s Original Honor Code Change on Read More


Alabama Superintendent Defends School Baptisms

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a bill that would permit pre-game prayers at school-sponsored athletic events.

March 25th, 2020

The Freedom From Religion Foundation called for an investigation after 26 Alabama high school football players were baptized at the school’s football stadium. While the organization claims that school baptisms leave non-religious and non-Christian students at the school feeling ostracized, a superintendent for the school has commented that the school followed all necessary laws. It Read More


Trump Administration Revises Prayer in Public School Guidance

The Trump administration announced that it updated federal guidance for public school prayer and other regulations designed to promote religious freedom.

March 10th, 2020

The Trump Administration recently announced that it has updated federal guidance for public school prayer as well as other regulations designed to promote religious freedom in the country. This article briefly examines the nature of these changes, how they have been received, and the impact they are likely to have The Content of the Changes Read More


Student Expelled Over Same-Sex Marriage Sues Seminary

February 19th, 2020

A student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California recently joined a lawsuit against the school alleging that the seminary is violating federal law by terminating students due to their same-sex marriages. This case acts as an example of the obstacles that many LGBTQ students face in educational settings despite what some view as a Read More


U.S. Supreme Court to Dive Deeper Into Church and State Laws

A federal judge recently overruled the North Carolina Governor's religious service restrictions, allowing houses of worship to resume indoor services.

January 29th, 2020

The Supreme Court recently announced that it will examine the laws related to the required separation between church and state when the court examines two Catholic school teacher terminations in 2020. This lawsuit involves the combined cases of two California Catholic school teachers who claim they were victims of job discrimination following their termination. How Read More


Arkansas School District Suspends Prayers at Games and Meetings

Pea Ridge School District in Arkansas recently announced that it will no longer schedule public prayers before sporting events or school board meetings.

January 15th, 2020

The Pea Ridge Public School District in Arkansas recently announced that it will no longer schedule public prayers at games or school board meetings. This announcement comes after a resident notified the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) of public prayers being conducted, which subsequently contacted the school. The following will review the incident in questions Read More


Hijab Incident Highlights Religious Clothing Rules

The Trump administration announced that it updated federal guidance for public school prayer and other regulations designed to promote religious freedom.

December 10th, 2019

A ninth grader at Buffalo’s International Preparatory School says that she was forced to remove her hijab at the request of an assistant principal.