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Posts tagged ‘religious freedom’

 

A Supreme Opinion: Constitutionality of Non-Religion

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave his thoughts on the constitutionality of religion during a 2016 speech, and much debate ensued.

December 14th, 2018

What happened when one of the most influential judicial individuals in the country started discussing his position on a topic that was not currently in front of his court? Aside from making several reporters very happy to have a good headline, much speculation began to circulate about the state of the law surrounding that topic. Read More


How Judge Kavanaugh Could Influence LGBTQ Rights

With at least four cases concerning LGBTQ rights headed to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will likely have a substantial influence.

October 12th, 2018

With at least four cases concerning LGBTQ rights headed to the Supreme Court, the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court will likely have a substantial influence on how these cases are decided. This article will explain some of the important details involved with these four cases, which touch on fundamental Read More


Sixth Circuit Decides Influential Transgender Case

Recently, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that religious beliefs do not permit employers to discriminate against transgender employees, finding that a violation of Title VII.

April 27th, 2018

At the beginning of March, 2018, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in the case of EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. that discrimination based on transgender status violates Title VII prohibitions against sex-based discrimination.   How the Case Arose This case was initiated when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Read More


Supreme Court Divided Over Cake Case

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

January 19th, 2018

The Supreme Court of the United States appears to be divided on a case concerning the refusal by a Colorado bakery to design a wedding cake for same sex couples. During the hearing of the cake case before the Supreme Court, the justices asked specific and probing questions of legal counsel on each side. Different Read More


Satanic Religious Display at School Prompts Constitutional Debate

A Satanic Pentagram

January 31st, 2017

  A group of demonstrators at Boca Raton Community Middle School would like a teacher who has expressed alternative religious views removed from the faculty. Language Arts teacher Preston Smith has erected a Satanic religious display over the holiday season that features a pentagram and sign declaring “In Satan We Trust” that stands next to Read More


Zika Virus: A New Threat to Religion?

May 20th, 2016

Religion has been a part of American culture since the founding of the nation. It has also been a major point of contention during some of the country’s most volatile periods. One of the most controversial decisions in recent years was Roe v. Wade, which held that women had a constitutional right to decide whether Read More


The Reflection of Religion: LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom

LGBT rainbow flag

May 3rd, 2016

What is the difference between civil hate and criminal hate? Other than the obvious types of penalties, these two forms of hatred are more similar than many people want to admit. Sure, a criminal action typically involves physical bodily harm to a person or their property, but are not a person’s mental and emotional well-being Read More


ISIS and the American Dream: Constitutional Conflict

isis

February 4th, 2016

It seems that we have more questions than answers when it comes to the group that is widely called ISIS. Where did they come from? What do they want? Why are they so angry that they would be willing to kill thousands (or millions) in the name of the nebulous ideals they seem to put Read More


If You Build It: Battle Between Kentucky and Noah’s Ark Builder Continues

December 19th, 2015

In a lawsuit that was filed over the summer, a religious group in Kentucky is claiming that the State owes it money that it had originally promised, but then rescinded. The questions that will be decided during the litigation will call into question one of the oldest disputes in our country’s history: Where is the Read More


The Great Cake Debate: A Gay Marriage Update

Perform a wedding as a ULC minister

May 18th, 2015

Much has happened since two small Colorado bakeries declined requests to make cakes and ended up facing an investigation by the State.  Both owners made the same decision for the same reason as they denied patrons a cake based on their personal beliefs.  What many people may not realize is that the very big difference Read More