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Posts tagged ‘First Amendment’

 

What is Title IX? Is it Putting Religious Schools in Peril?

Title IX is in the news after LGBTQ students failed to convince a judge that the law protects them from discrimination at religious colleges.

January 20th, 2023

The history of education and religion in the United States are heavily intertwined, and religious schools have always fought for the ability to teach their own religious doctrines free from governmental interference, including most recently, the role of Title IX. The first schools in the nation were Christian, and they were established by groups such Read More


Do Churches Need Armed Pastors? What the Recent Lawsuits are Saying

Some concerned churchgoers believe that armed pastors are necessary to defend churches against shooters in this age of mass shootings.

January 17th, 2023

Some say that an armed society is a polite society. Others say that the only people who should have guns are the police. These divisions are equally pronounced in the religious community, as some believe that armed pastors are necessary in this day and age in order to defend churches against shooters. But what kind Read More


Refusing the Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate Due to Religious Reasons: Was Anyone Successful?

How did religious exemptions from the vaccination mandate hold up in court nearly two years after the vaccination rollout?

January 13th, 2023

When the vaccine mandates first rolled out, you may have heard vague rumors about religious exemptions. This always seemed like a distant possibility for most, and the general assumption was that if you petitioned to escape the vaccination mandate due to your religious beliefs, you would be denied. This is certainly what many people experienced, Read More


Supreme Court Poised to Hear Another Same-Sex Wedding Case

A woman is challenging an anti-discrimination law that would require her to provide a creative service for a same-sex wedding, thereby violating her beliefs.

December 2nd, 2022

The United States Supreme Court’s fall term will include a same-sex wedding case that will test the limits of religious liberty once again. The Court will consider whether a woman in Colorado can be required to provide services for a same-sex wedding even though she says it violates her religious beliefs. The woman is a Read More


Case About Judge’s Courtroom Prayers Leads to Fifth Circuit Split

The conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a Texas judge who begins his proceedings with courtroom prayers.

November 30th, 2022

In a split decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a Texas judge who begins his court sessions with courtroom prayers. The court in this case, Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Mack, held that the judge did not violate the Constitution by performing these ceremonies. The appellate panel noted that the courtroom Read More


Supreme Court Decides Maine Must Fund Religious Instruction

The Supreme Court recently ruled that Maine must fund religious instruction at parochial schools if it also funds private, secular education.

October 28th, 2022

This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court further eroded the separation between church and state by ruling that the state of Maine must fund private religious instruction if it also funds private secular instruction. In the case of Carson v. Makin, all six conservatives on the Supreme Court decided denying public funds to private religious Read More


Investigation Considers Whether Vermont School Discriminated Against LGBTQ+ Students

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families investigated a Christian school over potential discrimination against LGBTQ+ students.

October 13th, 2022

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families began investigating a Christian school in Bennington last year over potential discrimination against LGBTQ+ students. After a former Vermont state secretary of education tweeted a screenshot of a page from a handbook published by the school which labeled homosexuality as “sinful and offensive to God,” the state began its investigation. The Read More


Virginia Passes Law Guarding Outward Religious Faith Expressions

Virginia’s governor recently signed a law protecting outward religious faith expressions in the Commonwealth.

October 7th, 2022

Virginia’s Governor recently signed a law supporting the Commonwealth’s guards for the exercise of religious freedom. The law explains that freedom of religion encompasses any faith expressions displayed outwardly. The measure, House Bill 1063, revises Virginia law in various realms, including employment, housing, and public accommodation. Virginia had previously not defined religion, and with this new bill Read More


Allegheny County, PA Settles Lawsuit With Universal Life Church

The Allegheny County lawsuit was recently settled in the Universal Life Church's favor, so now ULC ministers can operate fully in the area.

July 27th, 2022

The Universal Life Church is pleased to announce the positive resolution of another recent court case in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In 2021, the Universal Life Church (ULC) filed a federal lawsuit against Allegheny County, PA, after learning that the county had repeatedly denied its ministers the right to solemnize marriages by refusing to recognize the Read More


Clark County Settles Lawsuit With Universal Life Church

The Clark County lawsuit was recently settled in the Universal Life Church's favor, so now ULC ministers can operate fully in the area.

June 30th, 2022

This past February, Clark County, Nevada finally agreed to settle a lawsuit that the Universal Life Church brought against it back in 2016 over discriminatory treatment of its ministers in the area. As Universal Life Church (ULC) ministers in the area were likely aware, Clark County and County Clerk Lynn Goya instituted a series of Read More