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Archive for the ‘Religious Law’ Category.

 

West Virginia Prayer Group Accused of Religious Rights Violations

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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.