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Posts tagged ‘First Amendment’

 

Ninth Circuit Denies Prayer at School Board Meetings

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a California school board is prohibited from including prayers or Christian references at its meetings.

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


Democrats Introduce Bill to Counter Religious Freedom Law

Democrats introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which they say has been used to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

July 19th, 2018

  In May of 2018, Democratic senators introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which according to the original sponsors of the law has been misappropriated and used to discriminate against numerous individual including those who identify as LGBTQ. This bill is significant because it has the potential to change a twenty-five-year-old Read More


New Jersey Bill Would Limit Vaccination Exemptions

New Jersey advanced a bill that would require children to receive a vaccination unless their parents explained how it violated their religious beliefs.

June 28th, 2018

  New Jersey law requires school children to receive numerous vaccinations when they reach a certain age, but there are exceptions for parents who want to avoid a vaccination for religious reasons. Some physicians have commented that this loophole in current law is too expansive and can seriously harm children. In response to these concerns, Read More


Anti-LGBTQ Laws Passed by Kansas and Oklahoma

The Ohio legislature recently introduced a bill that would require teachers to immediately inform parents of any signs that a student might be transgender.

June 22nd, 2018

  In 2018, numerous anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced throughout the United States, but recently some of these laws became bills. Most noticeably, the states of Kansas and Oklahoma recently signed laws that allow adoption and foster care agencies to follow their religious beliefs when placing children with new families. The Details of These Laws In Read More


Webster Parish Passes New Religious Policy Exception

An LGBTQ teacher in Texas initiated a wrongful termination lawsuit on the basis that the school discriminated against her based on her sexual orientation.

June 14th, 2018

  The Webster Parish School Board in Louisiana announced in April of 2018 that it plans to adopt a new policy concerning religious expression in public schools after a lawsuit was filed claiming the school’s officials promoted religious expression that violated the First Amendment. The policy is focused on preserving and explicating the religious rights Read More


Tennessee Passes “In God We Trust” Bill

A Tennessee bill that requires schools to prominently display the motto of “In God We Trust” is currently headed to the governor for his signature.

May 4th, 2018

  A Tennessee bill that requires schools in Tennessee to prominently display the motto of “In God We Trust” is currently headed to the governor for his signature. This legislation, which is referred to as the National Motto in the Classroom Act, was passed by 81 of 99 members of the house. Prior to the Read More


Recent Case Involves Bullying and Religion

A private religious school in Texas is arguing that it is exempt from anti-discrimination laws after a student was subjected to racist bullying.

April 13th, 2018

  A teenager recently initiated a legal action against a religious private school in Texas after the teenager experienced bullying of a racist nature. The student claimed that the school did not make any efforts to stop the bullying, but the school claimed that its religious doctrine makes it immune from legal actions in these Read More


Legal Action Taken Against Group That Tried to Stop School Prayer

A high school in Ohio discontinued its practice of school prayer before sporting events after receiving a cease and desist letter, but now another group is suing to have the practice re-instated.

March 23rd, 2018

  Members of an Ohio community have initiated an action against a group that tried to pressure a high school to ban its tradition of school prayer before sporting events. The Freedom from Religion Foundation reports that the organization received a complaint from two concerned citizens who alleged serious violations of the constitution by the Read More


School District in Nevada Challenges First Amendment

A private religious school in Texas is arguing that it is exempt from anti-discrimination laws after a student was subjected to racist bullying.

February 15th, 2018

  Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a Christian church in Nevada, recently announced that its First Amendment rights are being violated by a rural school district ban on promotional flyers that the church wants to distribute at school programs. This announcement was made in a letter that was sent to the Lyon County School District seeking Read More


Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Bible Class in Public School

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a California school board is prohibited from including prayers or Christian references at its meetings.

January 12th, 2018

  A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by two West Virginia residents and the Freedom from Religion Foundation that challenged the legality of a weekly Bible class in elementary and middle schools located in Mercer County, West Virginia, because the class is no longer being taught. United States District Judge David A. Faber argued that Read More