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Archive for the ‘Religious Law’ Category.

 

Court Allows Challenge to Michigan Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Laws

a federal judge in Michigan ruled that a lawsuit challenging the power of religious affiliated adoption agencies can proceed.

October 30th, 2018

Recently, a federal judge in Michigan ruled that a lawsuit challenging the power of religious affiliated adoption agencies can proceed. The ACLU is attempting to bar state-contracted child placement agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples. While it remains uncertain how this case will be resolved, it has the potential to significantly affect Michigan’s laws, which Read More


Democrats Introduce Bill to Counter Religious Freedom Law

Democrats introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which they say has been used to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

July 19th, 2018

  In May of 2018, Democratic senators introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which according to the original sponsors of the law has been misappropriated and used to discriminate against numerous individual including those who identify as LGBTQ. This bill is significant because it has the potential to change a twenty-five-year-old Read More


Tennessee Passes “In God We Trust” Bill

A Tennessee bill that requires schools to prominently display the motto of “In God We Trust” is currently headed to the governor for his signature.

May 4th, 2018

  A Tennessee bill that requires schools in Tennessee to prominently display the motto of “In God We Trust” is currently headed to the governor for his signature. This legislation, which is referred to as the National Motto in the Classroom Act, was passed by 81 of 99 members of the house. Prior to the Read More


Legal Action Taken Against Group That Tried to Stop School Prayer

A high school in Ohio discontinued its practice of school prayer before sporting events after receiving a cease and desist letter, but now another group is suing to have the practice re-instated.

March 23rd, 2018

  Members of an Ohio community have initiated an action against a group that tried to pressure a high school to ban its tradition of school prayer before sporting events. The Freedom from Religion Foundation reports that the organization received a complaint from two concerned citizens who alleged serious violations of the constitution by the Read More


School District in Nevada Challenges First Amendment

Recently in Indiana, a Catholic high school teacher was placed on administrative leave after it was determined that she joined in a same-sex marriage.

February 15th, 2018

  Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a Christian church in Nevada, recently announced that its First Amendment rights are being violated by a rural school district ban on promotional flyers that the church wants to distribute at school programs. This announcement was made in a letter that was sent to the Lyon County School District seeking Read More


School in New Mexico Removes Religious Mural

An LGBTQ teacher in Texas initiated a wrongful termination lawsuit on the basis that the school discriminated against her based on her sexual orientation.

November 21st, 2017

A public school in Clovis, New Mexico recently painted over a mural that featured a biblical quote. The mural, which was displayed in a public school hallway, displayed an anchor, a dove, and religious scripture. The scripture was Hebrews 6;19 which reads “Hope anchors the soul.” Since 2013, the mural had been displayed in the Read More


Montana Department of Revenue Challenges Tax Program

The Montana Department of Revenue is fighting a program whereby public money is used to pay for the education of students in religious schools.

November 15th, 2017

  The Montana Department of Revenue has announced that it will continue to fight against a court ruling that money from a tax credit program can benefit religious schools. The most recent action in this case is that the Montana Department of Revenue has filed an appeal with the Montana Supreme Court. In 2015, a Read More


Fourth Circuit Court Decides Issue About Religious Education in Maryland

A federal appeals court ruled the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not require a public school to offer religious education.

October 20th, 2017

  A unanimous three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a Maryland public school district does not have to pay for the religious education of a Jewish student. This case has defined important boundaries about the extent of education that public schools in Maryland are required to provide children. The Read More


Anti-LGBTQ Laws in the United States

With at least four cases concerning LGBTQ rights headed to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will likely have a substantial influence.

October 12th, 2017

There are a number of laws throughout the United States which currently endanger the lives of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Sadly, an increasing number of states are in the process of developing additional laws that restrict the rights of LGBTQ individuals. The Washington Post reports that 348 bills since 2013 have been passed restricting Read More


Religious Icons in Public Institutions

Recently in Indiana, a Catholic high school teacher was placed on administrative leave after it was determined that she joined in a same-sex marriage.

October 4th, 2017

  East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, recently announced that it would remove religious icons from its chapel. The university’s president, however, announced that she would first receive feedback from faculty, community members, and students. The president of East Central University went so far as to express regret on making the decision too quickly without Read More