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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


Oklahoma Bill Proposes Fining Teachers With Anti-Christian Messages

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

May 20th, 2022

An Oklahoma republican legislator recently introduced a bill that would permit fining teachers and initiating legal action against them if they provide an opposing viewpoint to any religious beliefs held by a student.  The Measure on Fining Teachers Oklahoma Senator Rob Standridge introduced Under the Student’s Religious Belief Protection Act, which proposes fining teachers $10,000 Read More


LGBTQ Club at Indiana High School Wins Court Case

Last year, bills were passed to begin repealing Virginia's invalid same-sex marriage ban that remains in its state constitution.

March 25th, 2022

A judge recently stated that an LGBTQ club holds free speech rights both to exist as well as spread details about its activities at Pendleton Heights High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. The judge in this case stated that the school’s principal unlawfully prohibited the club’s advertisements, which were placed on school bulletin boards as well Read More


Families Initiate Legal Action After West Virginia School Holds Christian Assembly

Parents initiated legal action against a school in West Virginia after it permitted a preacher to conduct a Christian assembly during school.

March 22nd, 2022

Parents and students recently initiated legal action against a school district in West Virginia after the school permitted a preacher to conduct a Christian assembly during school. Some students were even required to attend this assembly. The lawsuit was filed after 100 students walked out of their classrooms at Huntington High School. They chanted slogans Read More


Federal Judge Will Rule in Cambridge Christian’s Prayer Lawsuit

A federal judge will rule in a prayer lawsuit over whether an athletic association violated the first amendment rights of a Christian school.

January 21st, 2022

Over five years later, a judge for a federal court is positioned to decide a prayer lawsuit regarding whether an Athletic Association in Florida unlawfully interfered with the First Amendment rights of a Christian school in Tampa after the Association banned the broadcast of a prayer that occurred during competition. During this championship football game, Read More


Christian Children’s Home Initiates Legal Action Against Biden Administration Over Same-Sex Couples

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families investigated a Christian school over potential discrimination against LGBTQ+ students.

January 18th, 2022

A Christian children’s home located in Tennessee recently initiated legal action against the federal government over a regulation that requires the agency to place children in the homes of same-sex couples that are either in marriages or cohabiting.  The Children’s Home Involved in the Case The “Holston Home” is a nationally accredited Christian nonprofit located Read More


Court Issues Decision Following Firing of LGBTQ+ Teacher

An Indiana appellate court issued a ruling in a case initiated by a man who was fired from his job as a teacher at a Catholic high school.

January 11th, 2022

An Indiana appellate court issued a ruling in a legal proceeding initiated by a man employed as a teacher at an Indiana Catholic high school following his termination. The teacher was fired from Cathedral High School because he was in a same-sex marriage, which sparked a debate about the rights of LGBTQ teachers in Catholic Read More


Operation Christmas Child Tests Constitutional Limits of Kansas Public School

Parents initiated legal action against a school in West Virginia after it permitted a preacher to conduct a Christian assembly during school.

December 24th, 2021

Last year, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) focused on and was able to stop a Kansas public school from taking part in Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a yearly nonprofit activity supported by the Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse. This case highlights the constitutional limits between public schools and religious practice. What Led to the Publication 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


Public School Lawsuit Arises Over Aztec Prayer

The Michigan state senate voted to condemn an LGBTQ training session for Michigan educators that it claimed was threatening parental rights.

November 23rd, 2021

A challenge was recently made by a group of parents to a California ethnic studies model curriculum that suggests students engage in an Aztec prayer. The parents argue that the material violates both the U.S. and state Constitutions. How the Aztec prayer Case Arose At the center of this case is the Ethnic Studies Model Read More