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Can You Legally Start Your Own Religion in the United States?

The process to start your own religion in the United States is actually quite straightforward if you set your mind to it.

December 8th, 2023

What is the legal definition of a religion in the United States? When you strip away the ideology and tax benefits, religion is simply an organization of people who agree to come together and follow certain rules. With this simplistic view, an obvious question often arises among so-called non-believers: Why can’t I create my own religion and Read More

Churches Fight to Leave the United Methodist Church

There is a fierce debate in many religious communities about LGBTQ issues, and the United Methodist Church is certainly no exception.

December 5th, 2023

There is a fierce debate in many religious communities about LGBTQ issues, and the United Methodist Church (UMC) is certainly no exception. Due to the unique legal structure of the UMC, this debate is triggering a serious fracture within the church – one that is causing many individual congregations to leave. The process of leaving Read More

Are the LGBTQ-Inclusive Policies of the Vatican Accepted in the United States?

The Vatican raised eyebrows recently when it announced transgender individuals can be baptized and become godparents.

December 1st, 2023

Catholicism is one of the strictest religions on the planet, and it has a history of excommunicating segments of the population (or entire nations, as the English can attest). There are reportedly 62 million Catholics in the United States and not all of these individuals always see eye-to-eye with the Vatican. A certain degree of controversy is Read More

Religious Organizations Face Consequences for Alleged Financial Crimes

Two religious organizations in the U.S. are facing large fines for alleged financial crimes linked to tuition and tithing.

November 28th, 2023

While religious organizations in the United States enjoy many financial freedoms and exceptions, these organizations still run the risk of serious consequences if they operate in an unlawful manner. This was made clear after two religious organizations in the United States were accused of financial crimes.  Christian University Accused of Financial Crimes over Tuition Tuition Read More

Dissent Among US Government Employees is Reaching Dangerous Levels

What happens when diverse views within the United States government become a liability rather than an asset?

November 24th, 2023

The Biden Administration has prided itself on embracing diversity, appointing a wide range of individuals to key government positions. One of the inescapable realities of diversity is not only the variations in skin color or religion but also variable points of view. What happens when government employees begin fighting among themselves over divisive issues like Read More

Can You Get a Day Off for Religious Reasons in the United States?

Workers do not have the freedom to simply take a day off whenever they feel like it, unless it is for valid religious reasons.

November 21st, 2023

Everyone needs a day off once in a while. Work can become extremely stressful, and although 24 hours might not seem like a long time, it can help employees recharge. These days off might even make workers more productive in the long run, as they return from their breaks feeling refreshed and ready to contribute. Read More

What if You Do Not Want to Swear an Oath to God in the United States?

While America is not a Christian Nation from a constitutional standpoint, the drumbeat of those arguing otherwise is getting louder.

November 17th, 2023

Despite America’s official secular stance, there are many situations in which an American citizen might be asked to swear an oath to God. For example, someone might be ordered to swear that they will tell the truth before testifying during a trial. Often, the witness is required to swear on a Bible. In addition, elected Read More

Archdiocese of Baltimore Strategically Files for Bankruptcy to Avoid Abuse Lawsuits

The process to start your own religion in the United States is actually quite straightforward if you set your mind to it.

November 14th, 2023

Many companies in the United States use bankruptcy laws in a highly strategic manner, and this strategy can help them avoid a range of potential consequences – including lawsuits. We’ve seen it before with Johnson & Johnson’s famous “Texas Two-Step” bankruptcy maneuver, and this is hardly anything new. But eyebrows were raised recently when a Read More

Muslims Sue Two of America’s Top Employers for Religious Discrimination

Chipotle and Blackwell Security Services were recently sued by the EEOC for discrimination against Muslims.

November 10th, 2023

While the United States was founded on Christian values, it is not a Christian nation. In fact, the nation’s laws clearly highlight the fact that it has no state religion. This means that while no religion enjoys special treatment under the law, each religion must also be treated equally. And although Christians take the headlines Read More

California Pays Almost $200,000 to Pro-Life Group

Regardless of whether you're pro-life or pro-choice, it is always alarming when a law could put you in jail for expressing your views.

November 7th, 2023

In the United States, the right to express one’s political or religious views is protected. But how far do these protections really go? Time after time, state and federal governments have sought to limit these rights and even penalize those who have expressed their viewpoints in public. A recent case in California initiated by a Read More