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Archive for the ‘Religious Law’ Category.

 

Federal Judge Blocks North Carolina’s Religious Service Restrictions

A federal judge recently overruled the North Carolina Governor's religious service restrictions, allowing houses of worship to resume indoor services.

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.


New York Judge Blocks “Conscience Rule”

A judge recently vacated a conscience rule that allows healthcare workers to refuse care or refer in procedures with which they have religious objections.

November 27th, 2019

A New York federal judge recently vacated a “conscience rule” created by the Trump administration that allows health care workers to refuse to participate or refer in procedures with which they have religious objections. This religious objection is most commonly raised in abortion or gender reassignment surgeries. The decision marks an advancement in women’s and 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


New York Removes Religious Exemption for Vaccinations

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.

July 23rd, 2019

New York legislators in June 2019 passed a bill that will end religious exemptions to vaccinations. This decision came after a series of debates among legislators concerning this exemption, which was used by parents to justify sending unvaccinated children to school or daycare. This bill represents a strong example of how religious rights can come 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.


Health and Human Services Department Passes Religious Conscience Rule

A judge recently vacated a conscience rule that allows healthcare workers to refuse care or refer in procedures with which they have religious objections.

July 10th, 2019

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the issuance of a new final conscience rule, which is designed to protect individuals and health care entities from discrimination claims on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS funded programs. The conscience rule implements full enforcement of 25 provisions passed Read More


Pope Francis and the First Amendment? The Delicate Balance Between Free Speech And The Expression Of Religious Beliefs

Pope Francis discussed the balance between free speech and the expression of religious beliefs of those in the public square.

December 21st, 2018

There are a few dominant religions that span multiple continents and have millions of believers worldwide.  Catholicism is one of them, and it has had a resurgence not only in newsworthy headlines but also in popularity due to the emergence of a strong, charismatic and compassionate leader.  Pope Francis I, previously known as Jorge Mario Read More


Religious Freedom in the Constitution: Original vs. Amended

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

November 30th, 2018

In modern day constitutional discussion, there is typically no argument about whether the Constitution protects individuals’ freedom to engage in the practice of religion regardless of which religion it is.  However, the discussion typically focuses on the First Amendment to the Constitution and not the original Articles.  Did the framers discuss religion, and if so, Read More