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Posts tagged ‘First Amendment’

 

Sikh Sheriff’s Deputy Remembered As Advocate for Religious Freedom

Sikh sheriff's deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was a passionate advocate for religious freedom who helped strengthen the First Amendment for religious minorities.

November 15th, 2019

Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy in Harris County, Texas history, and at his memorial service last month he generated much praise for not only his service on the force but his advancement of religious freedom. Indeed, Dhaliwal was one of the first law enforcement officers in the country, and the first in Read More


Tampa Ban on Counseling for LGBTQ Minors Struck Down

A Tampa ordinance prohibiting counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion was recently overturned by a federal court.

November 13th, 2019

A Tampa ordinance prohibiting counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion was recently overturned by a federal court.


Kentucky School Removes “Prayer Lockers”

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove prayer lockers from its hallways after receiving complaints.

October 23rd, 2019

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove a prayer locker from its hallways after receiving complaints.


Supreme Court Poised to Hear Landmark Religious Funding Case

The Trump administration announced that it updated federal guidance for public school prayer and other regulations designed to promote religious freedom.

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

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

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

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove prayer lockers from its hallways after receiving complaints.

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

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

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