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Posts tagged ‘First Amendment’

 

Supreme Court Poised to Hear Landmark Religious Funding Case

The Supreme Court is poised to hear a case that will address the question of whether states can be forced to provide religious funding with taxpayer money.

October 11th, 2019

In the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court is poised to hear a case that will address the question of whether states can be forced to underwrite religious education with taxpayer funding. Although courts have previously allowed the government to adopt school-voucher programs that provide indirect government funding to religious Read More


Huntington Beach City School District Revises Religious Expression Policy

The Huntington Beach City School District agreed to revise its religious expression policy addressing the dissemination of religious materials on campus.

September 24th, 2019

As an effort to resolve alleged student constitutional rights violations, the Huntington Beach City School District agreed to revise its religious expression policy addressing the dissemination of religious materials on campus. The decision came on July 30th when the school board unanimously voted to require specific religious activities be mentioned in the school’s policy addressing Read More


Kentucky High School Removes “Bible Literacy” Course

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.

September 13th, 2019

A high school in Kentucky recently announced that it will not offer a “Bible literacy” course due to legal concerns regarding a 2017 law that permits the teaching of Bible-based electives in Kentucky public schools.  Instead of providing this class, the Anderson County High School located in Lawrenceburg decided to offer a “World Religions” course. Read More


South Dakota Public Schools Add “In God We Trust” to Walls

South Dakota now requires public schools to prominently display the country's motto "In God We Trust" on walls or plaques.

September 6th, 2019

Many public schools in South Dakota noticed something on their first day back to school: the country’s motto “In God We Trust” has been placed on the walls either as a result of paint or stencils. This is because a new state law recently took effect which requires this message to be displayed in areas Read More


United States Supreme Court Poised to Hear Religious School Case

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case concerning a Montana law that allowed for tax credits to be used to send children to a religious school.

July 30th, 2019

The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case concerning a 2015 Montana law which allows tax credits to be used for religious school instruction. Montana’s highest court has already struck down the program on the basis that it violates the state’s constitutional ban on providing state aid to religious organizations. The outcome Read More


Former Dean Initiates Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Over Wiccan Beliefs

A Wiccan professor was recently forced to resign from her position at St. Bonaventure University as a result of her beliefs.

July 12th, 2019

A witch was recently forced to resign from her position as dean of the communications schools at St. Bonaventure University as a result her Wiccan beliefs.


Catholic School Sues City Claiming Intrusion of Rights

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.

June 28th, 2019

An independent Catholic school in South Euclid, Ohio and the non-profit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom recently initiated a lawsuit against the city of South Euclid on the basis that certain regulations created by a city ordinance in 2018 infringe on the school’s First Amendment and religious liberty rights. Even though it is still uncertain 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


Texas Passes “Save Chick-fil-A” Bill Despite Opposition by LGBTQ Advocates

Texas has passed the "Save Chick-fil-A" bill, as a response to San Antonio barring the chain from its airport due to its history of anti-LGBT animus.

June 6th, 2019

After the San Antonio City Council voted to prohibit the Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant at the city’s airport due to anti-LGBTQ statements and actions made by the company, a number of Texas legislators responded to this decision and claimed that it violated the First Amendment. Response by Texas Legislature In response to the San Antonio Read More


Ohio School Requested to Remove Ten Commandments Display

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.

May 14th, 2019

The Freedom from Religion Foundation in April 2019 requested that a public school in New Philadelphia, Ohio remove a plaque displaying the Ten Commandments.