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Archive for the ‘Religious Law’ Category.

 

Virginia Passes Law Guarding Outward Religious Faith Expressions

Virginia’s governor recently signed a law protecting outward religious faith expressions in the Commonwealth.

October 7th, 2022

Virginia’s Governor recently signed a law supporting the Commonwealth’s guards for the exercise of religious freedom. The law explains that freedom of religion encompasses any faith expressions displayed outwardly. The measure, House Bill 1063, revises Virginia law in various realms, including employment, housing, and public accommodation. Virginia had previously not defined religion, and with this new bill Read More


Supreme Court to Reconsider Issue of School 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.

June 10th, 2022

After Joe Kennedy was offered a job as a high school football coach in Washington state, he started praying after games. Kennedy was curious whether God agreed with his career change and accepted the position that would impact his faith. Kennedy claims that he left this prayer with confidence that God wanted him to coach Read More


Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Inmate in Death Row Case

SCOTUS ruled in favor of permitting ministers to “pray over” and physically touch inmates on death row during lethal injection.

June 3rd, 2022

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of permitting ministers to both “pray over” as well as physically touch inmates on death row during the process when lethal injection is received. The Court has increasingly dismissed stay requests from prisoners who are facing execution, so this new ruling is a significant development. Texas Read More


Hilliard School in Ohio Considers Off-Site Religious Programming for Students

LifeWise Academy requested that Hilliard City Schools in Ohio let students choose to receive religious programming at off-site locations.

May 27th, 2022

The Bible education facility, LifeWise Academy, recently requested that Hilliard City Schools adopt a measure that lets students choose off-site facilities to receive religious programming. Some of the school board’s members do not condone the change. The district lacks a policy, even though the school board can implement one. Other nearby school districts including Upper Read More


State Regulation Eliminating Religious Exemptions Upheld by Court

A federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed against a new Connecticut law that bans religious exemptions for school vaccine requirements.

March 16th, 2022

A court recently ruled in favor of a state regulation that removes religious exemptions for students of both private and public schools when it comes to state vaccine requirements involving communicable diseases like COVID-19. The New Regulation on Religious Exemptions The new regulation requires immunizations for all children before school enrollment. Before 2021, students could Read More


Vaccine Policy Blocked Due to Religious Objections

A federal judge ruled against a Biden Administration vaccine policy for military members after Navy Seals claimed religious exemptions.

February 11th, 2022

A judge for a Texas federal court in January, 2022, ruled against a vaccine policy for military members. The judge’s ruling focuses on how the Navy’s regulations address those who seek an exemption on religious grounds from the vaccine mandate. This case highlights religious rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccine Policy Targeted Read More


West Virginia Prayer Group Accused of Religious Rights Violations

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

January 14th, 2022

A prayer group at a West Virginia school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. One woman claims that the school has ordered her daughter to participate in a Prayer Club meeting at West Virginia’s public school, Chapmanville Middle. The parent additionally claims the school’s principal instructed teachers to keep the girl Read More


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


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


Supreme Court Poised to Hear Religious Rights Case

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

November 19th, 2021

In a major religious rights case about to be heard by the United States Supreme Court, a conservative-dominated court might move American law even further in support of religion. A current trend in the court is towards increased religious liberty rights. This case traces back to the 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling, which ruled in favor Read More