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Posts tagged ‘First Amendment’

 

Federal Judge Blocks North Carolina’s Religious Service Restrictions

A federal judge recently overruled the North Carolina Governor's religious service restrictions, allowing houses of worship to resume indoor services.

June 10th, 2020

A federal judge recently ruled that North Carolina religious leaders should be able to open their doors to their congregations, overruling religious service restrictions instituted by the state’s Governor to contain further spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper has since stated that he does not plan to appeal the Read More


Army Chaplains’ Prayer Videos Removed From Facebook

Several prayer videos created by Christian army chaplains during the coronavirus pandemic were recently removed from an army brigade's main Facebook page.

May 13th, 2020

Several prayer videos created by two military chaplains offering Christian messaging during the coronavirus pandemic were recently removed from Facebook following complaints that this content constituted “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity. This situation serves as an interesting example of how interested parties view the role of the establishment clause during the pandemic. How Debate Over the Read More


Stimulus Package Includes Religious Organizations

A federal judge recently overruled the North Carolina Governor's religious service restrictions, allowing houses of worship to resume indoor services.

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


Department of Justice Backs Anti-LGBTQ Wedding Photographer

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

April 8th, 2020

Towards the end of February of this year, the United States Department of Justice provided input on an issue that arose in Kentucky. A Christian wedding photographer initiated legal action against the City of Louisville over a nondiscrimination ordinance that she feels may “force” her to shoot LGBTQ weddings, even though no one has approached Read More


Federal Court Rules Against Praying Coach

A U.S. District Court judge ruled against a praying coach who received national attention when the coach’s school prohibited him from praying on the field.

April 3rd, 2020

A United States District Court judge recently ruled against a high school football coach who received national attention when the coach’s school prohibited him from praying on the 50-yard line. The praying coach later commenced legal action on the basis that his religious rights were violated How the Case Arose Since joining the football team’s Read More


U.S. Supreme Court to Dive Deeper Into Church and State Laws

A federal judge recently overruled the North Carolina Governor's religious service restrictions, allowing houses of worship to resume indoor services.

January 29th, 2020

The Supreme Court recently announced that it will examine the laws related to the required separation between church and state when the court examines two Catholic school teacher terminations in 2020. This lawsuit involves the combined cases of two California Catholic school teachers who claim they were victims of job discrimination following their termination. How Read More


Arkansas School District Suspends Prayers at Games and Meetings

Pea Ridge School District in Arkansas recently announced that it will no longer schedule public prayers before sporting events or school board meetings.

January 15th, 2020

The Pea Ridge Public School District in Arkansas recently announced that it will no longer schedule public prayers at games or school board meetings. This announcement comes after a resident notified the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) of public prayers being conducted, which subsequently contacted the school. The following will review the incident in questions Read More


High School Students Sue School District over Forced Christian Prayer

A Tennessee school district is being sued for promoting religion, including forced Christian prayer, thereby violating the separation of church and state.

December 4th, 2019

Four atheist public school students in Tennessee recently initiated a lawsuit against their school district for violating the separation of church and state. According to the students, school officials have been promoting Christian religious activities in their public schools, including prayers, Bible distributions, posters and other activities. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit was Read More


New York Judge Blocks “Conscience Rule”

A judge recently vacated a conscience rule that allows healthcare workers to refuse care or refer in procedures with which they have religious objections.

November 27th, 2019

A New York federal judge recently vacated a “conscience rule” created by the Trump administration that allows health care workers to refuse to participate or refer in procedures with which they have religious objections. This religious objection is most commonly raised in abortion or gender reassignment surgeries. The decision marks an advancement in women’s and Read More