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Archive for the ‘Church and schools’ Category.

 

Ohio Passes Student Religious Liberties Act

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

December 6th, 2019

A current rumor persists that the Ohio legislature is considering a bill that will allow students to give wrong answers due to their religious beliefs. In reality, on November 13, 2019, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 164, the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019,” which prompted numerous headlines that described the Read More


High School Students Sue School District over Forced Christian Prayer

A Tennessee school district is being sued for promoting religion, including forced Christian prayer, thereby violating the separation of church and state.

December 4th, 2019

Four atheist public school students in Tennessee recently initiated a lawsuit against their school district for violating the separation of church and state. According to the students, school officials have been promoting Christian religious activities in their public schools, including prayers, Bible distributions, posters and other activities. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit was Read More


Teacher Suspended for Religious Discussion with Students

A high school teacher in North Carolina was recently suspended for segregating students based on religious beliefs and inquiring about their religiosity.

November 22nd, 2019

A high school teacher in North Carolina was recently suspended for splitting students up based on religious beliefs. School officials are currently investigating whether the Spanish teacher engaged in conversations with students about whether or not they believed in God. Officials became aware of the teacher’s behavior after students and their parents reported the incident Read More


Kentucky School Removes “Prayer Lockers”

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove prayer lockers from its hallways after receiving complaints.

October 23rd, 2019

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove a prayer locker from its hallways after receiving complaints.


Washington Student Athletes Advance Religious Liberty Rights

Two student athletes in Washington initiated legal action against a sports association for forcing them to choose between their religion and their sport.

October 2nd, 2019

Unlike many other Christian-based beliefs, Seventh-Day Adventists attend church on Saturday and believe this day to be the holiest day of the week, rather than Sunday. In addition to going to church on Saturdays, Seventh-Day Adventists treat the day as a time of rest, which put two student athletes in a bind. In respect of Read More


Huntington Beach City School District Revises Religious Expression Policy

A Tennessee school district is being sued for promoting religion, including forced Christian prayer, thereby violating the separation of church and state.

September 24th, 2019

As an effort to resolve alleged student constitutional rights violations, the Huntington Beach City School District agreed to revise its religious expression policy addressing the dissemination of religious materials on campus. The decision came on July 30th when the school board unanimously voted to require specific religious activities be mentioned in the school’s policy addressing Read More


Kentucky High School Removes “Bible Literacy” Course

A high school in Kentucky announced that it will not offer a “Bible literacy” course due to concerns over teaching Bible-based electives in public schools.

September 13th, 2019

A high school in Kentucky recently announced that it will not offer a “Bible literacy” course due to legal concerns regarding a 2017 law that permits the teaching of Bible-based electives in Kentucky public schools.  Instead of providing this class, the Anderson County High School located in Lawrenceburg decided to offer a “World Religions” course. Read More


South Dakota Public Schools Add “In God We Trust” to Walls

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove prayer lockers from its hallways after receiving complaints.

September 6th, 2019

Many public schools in South Dakota noticed something on their first day back to school: the country’s motto “In God We Trust” has been placed on the walls either as a result of paint or stencils. This is because a new state law recently took effect which requires this message to be displayed in areas Read More


United States Supreme Court Poised to Hear Religious School Case

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

July 30th, 2019

The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case concerning a 2015 Montana law which allows tax credits to be used for religious school instruction. Montana’s highest court has already struck down the program on the basis that it violates the state’s constitutional ban on providing state aid to religious organizations. The outcome Read More


Catholic School Sues City Claiming Intrusion of Rights

A Catholic school has sued an Ohio city over its LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, claiming its First Amendment rights are being violated by the ordinance.

June 28th, 2019

An independent Catholic school in South Euclid, Ohio and the non-profit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom recently initiated a lawsuit against the city of South Euclid on the basis that certain regulations created by a city ordinance in 2018 infringe on the school’s First Amendment and religious liberty rights. Even though it is still uncertain Read More