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Archive for the ‘Religious Discrimination’ Category.

 

Religious Rights Lawsuit Initiated After Student Forced to Eat Pepperoni Pizza

A pepperoni pizza is shown.

January 28th, 2022

A former high school student who was a football player at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio recently filed a lawsuit after he was forced to eat pepperoni pizza. Eating pork is against his family’s religious beliefs, so school officials violated his civil rights, the suit claims. The Basis of the Pepperoni Pizza Lawsuit The Read More


Student Challenges San Diego COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Over Religious Rights

A prayer group at a West Virginia public school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

December 17th, 2021

A 16-year old high school student in San Diego recently initiated legal action in federal court against the San Diego Unified School District. The student asserts that a vaccine mandate requiring qualified students to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 by the end of December 2021 constitutes religious discrimination.  San Diego’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate The San Read More


Football Coach to Appeal Ninth Circuit Decision Involving Prayer

A high school football coach vowed to appeal after the 9th Circuit upheld a decision to ban him from praying on the field at the end of games.

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


ACLU Initiates Legal Action Over Rejection of Site Plan for Mosque

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Horn Lake, Mississippi, after it rejected a proposed mosque.

November 30th, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union recently launched a federal lawsuit against the City of Horn Lake, Mississippi, after it rejected a proposed mosque. The lawsuit claims that the city and board of aldermen of Horn lake discriminated against two Muslim individuals by denying approval of a site plan for a mosque that the men had Read More


Federal Court Issues Decision on Vaccine Mandate

Western Michigan University students recently won a lawsuit against a vaccine mandate the school had put in place for student athletes.

November 12th, 2021

A federal appellate court recently issued a decision in favor of Western Michigan University athletes. This decision means the athletes will be able to play sports without obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine. The University had issued a vaccine mandate for student athletes, but did not mandate them for all students. How the Lawsuit Arose The original Read More


Siblings Banned From High School After Not Wearing Masks Due to Religious Reasons

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

November 2nd, 2021

A brother and sister in California were recently banned from high school after they refused to wear masks on the first day of school. The father of the siblings reported that the children were told to leave Charter Schools Temecula Student Center and not come back regardless of whether or not they were wearing masks. Read More


Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Catholic Charity

A Christian children’s home initiated legal action over a regulation that requires the agency to place children in same-sex couples' homes.

October 28th, 2021

The United States Supreme Court recently held that the City of Philadelphia went too far in applying its anti-discrimination law to a Catholic charity after it declined to permit same-sex parents to adopt foster children. The justices in this case noted that the Constitution permits a religious freedom exception to anti-discrimination laws. Importantly, the case Read More


Satanic Temple Argues Ohio Burial Law is Unconstitutional

October 22nd, 2021

According to a bill signed in late 2020 by Governor DeWine of Ohio, fetal remains from surgical abortions must be either buried or cremated. The non-theistic religious group, the Satanic Temple, however, is threatening legal action because the group argues that the state cannot dictate burial practices to religious organizations. This burial law brings up Read More


Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Challenge Against New York COVID-19 Restrictions

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

December 18th, 2020

The United States Supreme Court recently overruled COVID-19 restrictions established by New York legislators that were designed to combat the coronavirus, finding the restrictions to be unconstitutional. The 5-to-4 vote was the first to address COVID-19 restrictions after the loss of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this fall and the installment of the new Read More


Federal Judge Blocks North Carolina’s Religious Service Restrictions

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

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