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Archive for the ‘Separation of church and state’ Category.

 

Montana Court Strikes Down Tax Credit

A Catholic school has sued an Ohio city over its LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, claiming its First Amendment rights are being violated by the ordinance.

January 1st, 2019

The Montana Supreme Court recently struck down a tax credit for donations that fund scholarships for students at private schools on the basis that these credits are a type of unconstitutional aid offered to attend religiously affiliated schools. In its decision, the court said that the $150 tax credit is designed to aid private schools Read More


Alabama Passes Ordinance Protecting LGBTQ Individuals

Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance earlier this year protecting individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

December 25th, 2018

  Earlier this year, Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in relationship to housing, employment discrimination, and public accommodations. This is an historic event because Montevallo is only the second city in Alabama to pass an ordinance of this kind. Alabama is one Read More


Complaint Alleges Unconstitutional Prayer at College Graduation

A complaint was recently filed against Muskegon Community College because it included a religious prayer at its 2018 graduation ceremony.

December 5th, 2018

A complaint was recently filed against Muskegon Community College because it included a religious prayer at its 2018 graduation ceremony. The complaint was initiated by the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists in response to a prayer that was delivered during the 2018 graduation ceremony by a master of ceremonies. The Content of the Speech 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


Lawsuit Announced After School Prayer Prohibited at Football Game

A high school student is suing his school board after they refused to allow him to conduct school prayer before football games.

November 23rd, 2018

A 17-year-old student in Arab City, Alabama recently announced plans to pursue legal action against the Arab City School Board after it rejected his request to conduct a school prayer during a home football game. While it remains uncertain how this case will resolve, it provides a good example of the various conflicts involved in Read More


How Justice Kavanaugh Could Alter Landmark Cases

Newly appointed Justice Kavanaugh could alter the outcome of many landmark cases that may appear before the Supreme Court.

November 9th, 2018

  At the beginning of July 2018, President Trump announced his decision to appoint Brett Kavanaugh to fill the spot left by the retirement of Justice Kennedy, and last month, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to the Supreme Court. While Justice Kavanaugh previously served on the US Court of Appeals for Read More


Indiana School Suspends Teacher Over Same-Sex Marriage

The US Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case challenging a 94-year-old cross that memorializes deceased World War I veterans in Maryland.

October 26th, 2018

Recently in Indiana, a Catholic high school teacher was placed on administrative leave after it was determined that she had had a same-sex marriage. The school responded that workers are expected to support the Catholic Church’s doctrines including that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Later, the teacher communicated through Facebook that Read More


Debate Ensues after Prayer Circle Held at Michigan School

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.

October 23rd, 2018

Michigan’s Lake City community is responding after the local high school removed a video depicting a “family circle” from social media. This “family circle” occurred at a football field where coaches, players, and fans held hands to pray for the coach’s daughter, who is in the hospital. Despite the small size of the community, the Read More


Directive on Religious Exemption Issued

Legislators in New York passed a prohibition on “gay and trans panic” defenses in criminal cases in an attempt to end discriminatory legal strategies.

October 19th, 2018

A directive was recently issued by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that allows federal contractors to raise religious freedom as a defense when they are charged with job discrimination. The Federal Contract Compliance Program, which is the government agency tasked with making sure that businesses that contract with the federal Read More


Lawsuit Filed Against Religious School Prohibitions

Three families recently initiated legal action in the US District Court over a Maine law that prohibits tuition reimbursements for religious schools.

September 13th, 2018

Three families in Maine recently initiated legal action in the United States District Court in Bangor against the commissioner of the Maine Department of Education over a law that prohibits tuition reimbursements for religious schools. For several decades, this law has stated that secondary schools are able to pay tuition for students who attend public Read More