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Apache Group Pushes Back Against Copper Mine Development 

An Apache group is pushing back against a proposed copper mine on sacred ground, arguing the mine threatens their religious freedom.

April 9th, 2024

The United States is home to numerous religions. In order of popularity, the top five are Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, Islam, and Buddhism, the religiously unaffiliated outnumber all groups except for Christians. Although these top five religions dominate headlines when it comes to legal developments, they are not the oldest in the United States. Native Americans Read More

Was the United States Founded as a Christian Nation?

While America is not a Christian Nation from a constitutional standpoint, the drumbeat of those arguing otherwise is getting louder.

March 22nd, 2024

Ask any constitutional scholar about America’s official religion, and they will likely tell you that it has none. This is, of course, written into the Constitution, and since its inception, the government has been very careful to separate church and state. However, not everyone agrees with this time-honored principle – and some argue that the Read More

Medical Assistance in Dying: Is it Compatible With Religion?

Christian doctors have been given a green light to refuse service to trans patients in the state of North Dakota.

March 19th, 2024

Medical assistance in dying, or “MAID,” is becoming an increasingly common practice among developed nations, and it is beginning to come into conflict with major religions. Although one might argue that MAID is humane, it is still suicide in its most basic form. Some religious leaders have embraced this, while others have refused to participate Read More

How to Become a Deacon

To become a Deacon, you traditionally had to convert to Catholicism, but the Universal Life Church enables you to become one instantly.

January 26th, 2024

For many religious individuals, attending church is not enough. They wish instead to become more active members of the church, and they strive to hold official positions within the church’s hierarchy. For Catholics, one potential option is to become a deacon. But what exactly is a deacon, and how do you become one? What is a Deacon? Read More

Legal Issues Regarding Paganism in the United States

Christianity can be considered an outgrowth of Paganism, and many aspects of the Christian faith still show telltale signs of our pagan roots.

January 17th, 2024

Although Paganism has an established history in the United States, the religion has recently experienced a surge in exposure after the January 6th protests. The “QAnon Shaman” famously appeared at the Capitol dressed in a Pagan-inspired outfit with several pagan runes tattooed across his body. Of course, this represents only one example of Paganism in Read More

Veteran Beheads Baphomet Statue in Iowa

Veteran who destroyed the Satanic Temple's Baphomet statue at the Iowa Capitol now facing hate crime charges.

December 29th, 2023

A veteran recently admitted to beheading a Baphomet statue inside the Iowa State Capital, calling his actions “Christian civil disobedience.” This has not stopped him from facing criminal charges of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, but numerous individuals – including local Satanists – aren’t exactly happy. This has sparked a wider debate over potential Read More

State of Tennessee Settles Lawsuit with Universal Life Church

The Universal Life Church recently won its lawsuit against Tennessee over a law barring its ministers from officiating weddings.

December 19th, 2023

After the Tennessee state legislature passed a law explicitly barring ministers who were ordained online from solemnizing legal marriages in 2019, the Universal Life Church (ULC) immediately filed suit and were successful in obtaining a restraining order blocking the law from taking effect. In August of 2023, the ULC began the trial against the Tennessee 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

Churches Across America are Shutting Down

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

October 6th, 2023

Since settlers first arrived in North America, churches have served as a central hub for communities. The church was the original community center – a meeting place for discussions, celebrations, and connections. Today, churches in the United States are shutting down at a high rate. With each passing week, it seems like a new church Read More

Who Can Legally Officiate a Wedding in the United States?

It is possible to get ordained online through the Universal Life Church in a matter of minutes, allowing you to legally officiate a wedding.

May 17th, 2023

The United States is now a multicultural country filled with people who identify with all kinds of religions. You might argue that it has always been this way, as even the early Christian settlers came from a range of denominations. One of the most important processes in any religion is marriage, and each religion has Read More