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Posts tagged ‘separation of church and state’

 

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Football Prayer Case

The Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal by a football coach who was let go by his school district because he prayed on the field at games.

February 13th, 2019

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal by a high school football coach who was dismissed by his school district because the man prayed on the field immediately following football games. This decision occurred despite commentary by four of the Supreme Court justices that they were troubled by the coach’s dismissal Read More


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Prayer Issue

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently supported a ruling that prohibits a California district from continuing its prayer policy.

January 30th, 2019

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently supported a ruling by a three-judge panel that prohibits a California district from continuing its prayer policy. In arriving at this decision, the Ninth Circuit explained why the prayers in this prayer policy differed from legislative chaplain prayers which were upheld by the United States Supreme Read More


Montana Court Strikes Down Tax Credit

The Montana Supreme Court recently struck down a tax credit for donations that fund scholarships for students at private schools.

January 1st, 2019

The Montana Supreme Court recently struck down a tax credit for donations that fund scholarships for students at private schools on the basis that these credits are a type of unconstitutional aid offered to attend religiously affiliated schools. In its decision, the court said that the $150 tax credit is designed to aid private schools Read More


Alabama Passes Ordinance Protecting LGBTQ Individuals

Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance earlier this year protecting individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

December 25th, 2018

  Earlier this year, Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in relationship to housing, employment discrimination, and public accommodations. This is an historic event because Montevallo is only the second city in Alabama to pass an ordinance of this kind. Alabama is one Read More


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