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Archive for the ‘Church and schools’ Category.

 

Football Coach to Appeal Ninth Circuit Decision Involving 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.

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 teacher in Kansas was recently suspended after she declined to call a student by their preferred first name and gender pronouns.

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

Transgender women and girls in South Dakota will be prohibited from competing on school sports teams with cisgender women.

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 Virginia House subcommittee recently struck down legislation that would have removed the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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