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Posts tagged ‘religion’

 

Russia Refuses to Return Jewish Manuscripts

It was recently reported that the Biden Administration was facing a lawsuit over its alleged role in the genocide of Palestinians.

December 12th, 2023

The conflict in Ukraine has highlighted numerous religious tensions across Russia, Ukraine, and the West. It began when elements of the Ukraine military were accused of blatant Nazism – with many soldiers of the Azov Brigade proudly wearing swastikas and other far-right symbols on their uniforms. Controversy ensued when Ukraine hid precious relics associated with Read More


Can You Legally Start Your Own Religion in the United States?

The process to start your own religion in the United States is actually quite straightforward if you set your mind to it.

December 8th, 2023

What is the legal definition of a religion in the United States? When you strip away the ideology and tax benefits, religion is simply an organization of people who agree to come together and follow certain rules. With this simplistic view, an obvious question often arises among so-called non-believers: Why can’t I create my own religion and Read More


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.


Religious Freedom in the Constitution: Original vs. Amended

While the constitution protects freedom of speech and religion, can you freely express your religious views at work?

November 30th, 2018

In modern day constitutional discussion, there is typically no argument about whether the Constitution protects individuals’ freedom to engage in the practice of religion regardless of which religion it is.  However, the discussion typically focuses on the First Amendment to the Constitution and not the original Articles.  Did the framers discuss religion, and if so, Read More


The Great Debate: Religion and Contraception

contraception

June 22nd, 2017

There are few subjects that are more polarizing than the debate over the legality and use of contraception. It is for this reason that any decision from the country’s highest authority will be highly anticipated and then greatly debated itself. Knowing a  little history of the controversy surrounding contraception use in the United States can Read More


Religion and Millennials: Are the Lines of Religion Blurring in the United States?

Open Bible with glasses on top

April 1st, 2016

There are few people who would deny that the first Europeans to travel to the land that would become the United States of America were fiercely religious. They believed so strongly that their way of life was the correct one that they fled persecution in their homelands to find ground where they could plant roots Read More


Friday Night Lights: Prayer in Football

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.

March 29th, 2016

Many cases have passed through the American court system that contribute to what we understand to be the current state of First Amendment jurisprudence. These cases together form a structure that is supposed to provide guidance to us as citizens, both lawyers and nonlawyers alike. It is also a part of American culture to question Read More


Religion in Politics: A History of Faith

March 15th, 2016

Which is more true in today’s political environment: ‘Faith in politics’ or ‘Faith and politics’?  At the heart of this question is what many Americans struggle with every election season, as they are bombarded by the beliefs of candidates for an office that is (perhaps remarkably) still very secular. The original language of the U.S. Read More


War and Peace: Alternating Messages of Religion

January 15th, 2016

Whenever there is a tragedy where innocent civilians are harmed, the first question that is usually asked is, “Why?” When that answer is tied to religion, it is fodder for many who wish nothing more than to promote their religion over another. It is at these times that it is important to consider the dueling Read More


Judo Rules And Religion Give Conflicting Requirements For Saudi Olympian

Judo and religion clash at the Olympics

August 3rd, 2012

On Monday, Wojdan Shaherkani walked alongside her father through the Olympic judo venue. The sixteen-year old girl wore a light-pink scarf wrapped around her head. She moved with hesitation, hoping that she would come away from the Olympics as a pioneer and not a casualty of diplomacy. Her fears are not necessarily unfounded. Ms. Shaherkani Read More