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Archive for the ‘Church and schools’ Category.

 

Student Expelled Over Same-Sex Marriage Sues Seminary

A Judge recently held that former County Clerk Kim Davis violated the Constitution by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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

The Supreme Court recently found New York's COVID-19 restrictions to be an unconstitutional infringement on religious freedom.

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

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.

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

A brother and sister were sent home from a California high school after refusing to wear masks, citing religious beliefs.

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.


Ohio Passes Student Religious Liberties Act

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

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

In a religious rights case coming before the Supreme Court, the conservative majority will most likely further entrench government support of religion.

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

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

In a religious rights case coming before the Supreme Court, the conservative majority will most likely further entrench government support of religion.

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