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Archive for the ‘Religious Law’ Category.

 

United States Supreme Court Poised to Hear Religious School Case

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case concerning a Montana law that allowed for tax credits to be used to send children to a religious school.

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 new religious conscience rule promoted by President Trump purports to protect religious liberty, but critics view it as a means to discriminate.

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

To have a complete understanding of religious freedom in the U.S. Constitution, it is important to know how the framers viewed religion.

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


Court Allows Challenge to Michigan Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Laws

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.

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

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit initiated by a couple that challenges a law that they feel forces them to violate their "Christian beliefs."

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

The Supreme Court is poised to hear a case that will address the question of whether states can be forced to provide religious funding with taxpayer money.

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