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Posts tagged ‘separation of church and state’

 

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


Complaint Alleges Unconstitutional Prayer at College Graduation

A complaint was recently filed against Muskegon Community College because it included a religious prayer at its 2018 graduation ceremony.

December 5th, 2018

A complaint was recently filed against Muskegon Community College because it included a religious prayer at its 2018 graduation ceremony. The complaint was initiated by the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists in response to a prayer that was delivered during the 2018 graduation ceremony by a master of ceremonies. The Content of the Speech Read More


Religious Freedom in the Constitution: Original vs. Amended

To have a complete understanding of religious freedom in the U.S. Constitution, it is important to know how the framers viewed religion.

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


Lawsuit Announced After School Prayer Prohibited at Football Game

A high school student is suing his school board after they refused to allow him to conduct school prayer before football games.

November 23rd, 2018

A 17-year-old student in Arab City, Alabama recently announced plans to pursue legal action against the Arab City School Board after it rejected his request to conduct a school prayer during a home football game. While it remains uncertain how this case will resolve, it provides a good example of the various conflicts involved in Read More


Court Allows Challenge to Michigan Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Laws

a federal judge in Michigan ruled that a lawsuit challenging the power of religious affiliated adoption agencies can proceed.

October 30th, 2018

Recently, a federal judge in Michigan ruled that a lawsuit challenging the power of religious affiliated adoption agencies can proceed. The ACLU is attempting to bar state-contracted child placement agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples. While it remains uncertain how this case will be resolved, it has the potential to significantly affect Michigan’s laws, which Read More


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


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


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


Recent Case Involves Bullying and Religion

Recently in Indiana, a Catholic high school teacher was placed on administrative leave after it was determined that she joined in a same-sex marriage.

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


Supreme Court Declines to Hear Mississippi Anti-LGBTQ Law

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

March 28th, 2018

The United States Supreme Court recently refused to become part of a legal battle against the state of Mississippi regarding an anti-LGBTQ law. The law in question allows both private businesses and state employees to deny services to members of the LGBTQ community based solely on religious grounds. The law took effect on October 10, 2017 Read More