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Archive for the ‘State Laws’ Category.

 

The Religious Objection to COVID-19 Vaccinations Explained

More and more states are permitting religious objection to vaccination as vaccination has become politicized in the Covid era.

December 22nd, 2023

Many people in the United States have claimed that they have a religious objection to the Covid-19 vaccine. What exactly does this mean? How can someone object to a vaccine on religious grounds, and what is the connection between an mRNA vaccine and the Christian faith? For those unfamiliar with this debate, the subject can Read More


State of Tennessee Settles Lawsuit with Universal Life Church

The Universal Life Church recently won its lawsuit against Tennessee over a law barring its ministers from officiating weddings.

December 19th, 2023

After the Tennessee state legislature passed a law explicitly barring ministers who were ordained online from solemnizing legal marriages in 2019, the Universal Life Church (ULC) immediately filed suit and were successful in obtaining a restraining order blocking the law from taking effect. In August of 2023, the ULC began the trial against the Tennessee Read More


The “Gas Chamber” is Coming to the United States: What it Means for Religious Freedom

Alabama is beginning to use the gas chamber to execute inmates on death row, and one priest is saying this violates his freedom of religion.

December 15th, 2023

The phrase “gas chamber” does not conjure up pleasant images for Americans. In fact, it is closely associated with the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and one of the most deadly acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen. Despite these negative connotations, the United States will soon adopt gas executions on an industrial scale Read More


Student Forced to Remove Her Eagle Feather

A Native American student is suing her former high school after she was forced to remove an eagle feather during her graduation ceremony.

June 7th, 2023

The United States is home to many religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and many more. But perhaps the “original” religion of the United States is best represented by Native American culture. Native Americans occupied the land long before the European settlers arrived, and they are still engaging in their traditional cultural practices to this day. Read More


Can You Be Sued for Helping Someone Get an Abortion?

Can you really be sued for helping someone get an abortion? The answer is more complicated than you might expect.

May 23rd, 2023

The repeal of Roe vs. Wade is still a relatively new development in the legal world. As such, there are still many details that are being ironed out – especially in states that support legislation that bans abortions. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that many new, unexpected lawsuits are suddenly arising Read More


Maine’s Taxpayer Funding Lawsuit Explained

In Maine, a new lawsuit has been filed against the state for limiting religious exemptions for schools that receive taxpayer funding.

May 3rd, 2023

Many parents choose to send their children to religious schools for obvious reasons. During the early years of our life, we spend more of our waking hours at school than at any other place – especially if we stay after class to engage in extra-curricular activities like sports or clubs. The truth is that many Read More


Christian Adoption Agency Wins $250,000 Settlement

A Christian adoption agency in New York won a lawsuit against the state over its refusal to serve same-sex and unmarried couples.

March 29th, 2023

Across many religions in the United States, adoption is seen as one of the most selfless things you can do. If you have the ability to take on a child who has no parents, it can be an extremely life-altering decision. Both parents and adopted children can gain a sense of togetherness while contributing to Read More


Can Biden Force Pharmacists to Dispense Abortion Drugs?

Can you really be sued for helping someone get an abortion? The answer is more complicated than you might expect.

March 17th, 2023

There are many unanswered questions following the overturning of Roe v Wade, and new questions continue to be asked thanks to efforts by the Biden administration to ensure abortion remains accessible across the entire nation. But can the Biden administration really force pharmacists to sell abortion drugs – even if this goes against their religious beliefs? Read More


Colorado Baker Refuses to Bake Cake for Transgender Transition Celebration

A Colorado baker is facing a lawsuit again, this time for his refusal to bake a cake for a transgender transition celebration.

March 15th, 2023

One particular baker has once again become intertwined with legal questions about religious rights and the First Amendment. In 2012, a same-sex couple tried to have this baker make them a cake for their upcoming wedding. The baker refused, and ever since then, this individual has been fighting numerous lawsuits against LGBTQ folks who want Read More


Could Missouri’s Abortion Ban Be Overturned?

One of the most contentious issues today is whether religious medical professionals should be forced to provide gender transition care.

February 10th, 2023

Abortion is always a complex topic to discuss – no matter which side of the debate you find yourself on. It seems clear that some people will never agree on the outcome of Roe v. Wade or its recent overturning. While some states have continued to allow abortions, or even moved to expand abortion access, others have Read More