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Posts tagged ‘Establishment Clause’

 

Stimulus Package Includes Religious Organizations

Challenging the Constitution’s separation of church and state, the government will provide direct funding to churches as part of the stimulus package.

May 1st, 2020

In a noteworthy situation that goes up against the Constitution’s ban on any “law respecting an establishment of religion,” the federal government will provide financial support to churches in the United States to aid in paying pastor salaries and utility bills. The new aid was approved as part of the gigantic, $2 trillion stimulus package Read More


Florida Legislators Debate Proposal to Allow Pre-Game Prayers at Athletic Events

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a bill that would permit pre-game prayers at school-sponsored athletic events.

April 14th, 2020

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a regulation that would permit pre-game prayers before sports games. This bill is motivated in part by a recent lawsuit between a Christian school and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). The proposed regulation would require the FHSAA to provide schools with 30 seconds for opening remarks over Read More


Illinois Township Asked to Stop Sponsoring Religious Trips

A high school in Kentucky announced that it will not offer a “Bible literacy” course due to concerns over teaching Bible-based electives in public schools.

June 21st, 2019

A town in Illinois was recently asked by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) to stop sponsoring religious trips to creationist museums as well as other religious performances. The trip in question included visits to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, which are located in a nearby Kentucky city. This trip highlights some of the Read More


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


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


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


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


Ninth Circuit Denies Prayer at School Board Meetings

A high school in Kentucky announced that it will not offer a “Bible literacy” course due to concerns over teaching Bible-based electives in public schools.

August 10th, 2018

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a California school board is prohibited from including prayers or making reference to Christian scripture at its meetings. This decision comes after the court upheld a 2016 injunction forbidding these practices. This decision sheds some important light on the role of prayer in school meetings. Origins Read More


Mississippi’s Religious Exemption Law May Head to Supreme Court

A Christian wedding photographer initiated legal action against the City of Louisville over an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance.

December 15th, 2017

Mississippi’s HB 1523 is a religious exemption law that passed in 2016 as a response to the US Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to allow same-sex couples to marry nationwide.  It is a virulently anti-LGBTQ law that allows both government workers and private companies to refuse to offer their services to LGBTQ individuals on the basis Read More


Teacher Loses Appeal Regarding Religious Expression in the Classroom

Muslim students are in the political cross-hairs over an anti-bullying policy.

December 13th, 2016

A New York teacher recently had a case heard in Second Circuit Court of Appeals court concerning the display of religious items in her classroom. The lower court previously ruled against the teacher. Individuals who are interested in the ongoing debate about religious expression in the classroom should understand some information about this case. Backgrounds Read More