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Archive for the ‘Religious Discrimination’ Category.

 

Federal Judge Blocks North Carolina’s Religious Service Restrictions

The Supreme Court has rejected a church's shutdown challenge.

June 10th, 2020

A federal judge recently ruled that North Carolina religious leaders should be able to open their doors to their congregations, overruling religious service restrictions instituted by the state’s Governor to contain further spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper has since stated that he does not plan to appeal the Read More


US Supreme Court Hears Two Critical Religious Rights Cases

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.

May 27th, 2020

Two recent cases (Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel) heard by the United States Supreme Court have dealt with the role of religious rights in this country. Both of these cases question if two Catholic school instructors qualify as “ministers,” and whether employment discrimination laws are therefore applicable. 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.


Trump Administration Advances Proposal to Rescind Nondiscrimination Protections

A new proposal will allow faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to turn away same-sex couples, singles parents, and people who do not share the agencies' religious beliefs.

November 20th, 2019

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put forward a new proposal to rescind nondiscrimination protections that had been put into place by the Obama Administration. The protections that were added by Obama included discrimination based on religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Now, President Trump wants to remove Read More


Sikh Sheriff’s Deputy Remembered As Advocate for Religious Freedom

Sikh sheriff's deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was a passionate advocate for religious freedom who helped strengthen the First Amendment for religious minorities.

November 15th, 2019

Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy in Harris County, Texas history, and at his memorial service last month he generated much praise for not only his service on the force but his advancement of religious freedom. Indeed, Dhaliwal was one of the first law enforcement officers in the country, and the first in Read More


Michigan AG Files Motion to Stay Decision on Same-Sex Adoptions

A federal judge previously issued a preliminary injunction that allowed religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse same-sex adoptions.

November 8th, 2019

Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel recently filed an emergency motion in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan to stay the preliminary injunction permitting adoption agencies to refuse adoptions to same-sex couples while the state pursues an appeal. This action comes after a federal judge previously halted Michigan’s same-sex adoptions rules Read More


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


Washington Florist Plans to Appeal to US Supreme Court

A Texas judicial commission recently announced that a Waco-based judge's refusal to perform same-sex weddings violates Obergefell v. Hodges.

July 26th, 2019

A florist who declined to create floral arrangements for a same sex wedding has announced plans to appeal her case to the United States Supreme Court after a Washington state court held that the woman violated the state’s civil rights law.  As a result, the Supreme Court of the United States now has the chance Read More


Former Dean Initiates Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Over Wiccan Beliefs

A Wiccan professor was recently forced to resign from her position at St. Bonaventure University as a result of her beliefs.

July 12th, 2019

A witch was recently forced to resign from her position as dean of the communications schools at St. Bonaventure University as a result her Wiccan beliefs.


How Justice Kavanaugh Could Alter Landmark Cases

Trump's new regulations were directed primarily toward contraceptive coverage, but they also have implications for LGBTQ individuals in the country.

November 9th, 2018

  At the beginning of July 2018, President Trump announced his decision to appoint Brett Kavanaugh to fill the spot left by the retirement of Justice Kennedy, and last month, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to the Supreme Court. While Justice Kavanaugh previously served on the US Court of Appeals for Read More