Category Archives: Religious Liberty

New religious freedom official: the time for action is now

Court to consider accommodations for religiously devout employees: In Plain English

Argument analysis: Plucking simplicity out of complexity

Religious freedom bill passes Indiana Senate

School prayer back in focus of Pickens County School Board

US professor suspended for defending free speech

Lawsuit: LA Fitness prohibited Muslim from praying in locker room

Supreme Court hears religious discrimination case

Religious freedom win in Texas

Bill would codify religious freedoms for schoolchildren

Lawmakers want probe of SF Catholic high schools

Arkansas bars expanding local protections beyond what the state already prohibits

Preview of Supreme Court oral arguments in Abercrombie employment discrimination case

Argument preview: Faith and a workplace dress code

San Francisco parents shocked to learn that Catholic Schools are Catholic (satire)

Religious objection bills reemerge in state Legislature

Judge OKs atheist’s ‘reason station’ in city hall

Attacks on religion doubled in U.S., survey says

Debate over religion in schools, Common Core back again in Legislature

Freedom Indiana opposing ‘religious freedom’ bill

As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

San Francisco archbishop rejects lawmakers’ criticism on morality clauses

Losing their religion: More women join the unspiritual set

IRD cheers religious broadcasters’ strong witness for religious liberty

A theology of resistance for florists

School board: Student OK to say ‘God Bless America’

Utah highest, Vermont lowest on newest church attendance poll

Supreme Court to hear case of a headscarf that cost a Muslim teen a job

Atheist activists seek to stop Bible distribution in Oklahoma schools

Lawmakers urge archbishop to remove morality clauses

Excluding “religious worship services” when government opens up property for public access

Religious freedom, again: Why the Supreme Court should take up the Bronx Household of Faith case

Congressmen accuse Atlanta mayor of religious discrimination

Study reveals major impact of church attendance and religious activity on youth suicide risk

Employee refusing to provide SSN has no religious discrimination claim

    JD Supra: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act requires employers in some situations to accommodate employees’ and applicants’ religious beliefs and practices by varying policies and procedures of general applicability. However, as demonstrated by a new decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, this obligation does not extend to requests that would result in violation of federal or state law.

  • Posted: 02/18/2015
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Holt v. Hobbs and the struggle over religious freedom

Third Circuit upholds ACA’s accommodation rules for religious organizations

The University of Michigan’s tolerance problem

Freedom of conscience bill passed in Arkansas

Why Louisiana can’t break the confessional’s seal

    First Things: In January of this year, the U.S. Supreme court declined to intervene in a case in which the prosecutor wants to force Fr. Jeff Bayhi, a priest of the diocese of Baton Rouge, to testify about a confession in court. He allegedly told a fourteen year-old in 2008 to forget about the sexual abuse she had suffered from a family member. If Fr. Bayhi indeed did this, he will have to take responsibility for this despicable and unpastoral act at a higher, heavenly court—but he cannot be expected to discuss the contents of a confession in a U.S. court of law.

  • Posted: 02/17/2015
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Connecticut board recommends homeschooled special needs children be monitored

God, our rights, and the modern liberal mind

Appeals court rules against Geneva College in Obamacare abortion drug case

Education & age divide American religion — 44 religious groups in one graph

Commentary on NYT: Freedom for cartoons, not for man’s conscience

Mississippi Senate rejects ‘Tim Tebow Act’ allowing homeschoolers to play school sports

Study finds homeschoolers less likely to leave faith than public, private schooled kids

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

HHS pushes church talking points, bulletins to promote Obamacare

Balancing religious rights, nondiscrimination a tall order for Utah lawmakers

Group says teacher memorial at school violates First Amendment

South Carolina lawmakers campaign for freedom of association

    FIRE: Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, religious student organizations at colleges and universities across the country have struggled with a dilemma: accept all students as voting leaders or members in accordance with so-called “all-comers” policies, regardless of their agreement with the club’s beliefs, or forego official recognition by the college and all the resources that comes with such recognition. In response to this ongoing dilemma, South Carolina’s Republican members of Congress have signed on to a letter urging universities in the state to protect religious student groups by allowing them to limit membership or leadership positions to those who are fully committed to the mission of the group. Other student organizations should take note, because the same principles of freedom of association should protect all political or belief-based groups.

  • Posted: 02/13/2015
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U.S. Satisfaction with religion settling at lower levels

    Gallup: A slight majority of Americans, 53%, are satisfied with the influence of organized religion in the U.S. This level of satisfaction has changed little over the past three years, but remains down from what Gallup has measured previously — including higher levels measured in 2001 to 2004 — suggesting that Americans’ satisfaction with organized religion has settled in at a new baseline.

  • Posted: 02/13/2015
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‘God Bless America’ morning announcement at Florida school deemed a ‘Constitutional violation’ by atheist group; student forced to drop phrase

ERLC’s legislative agenda, 2015

Atheist group threatens to sue Florida school over student’s “God Bless America” comment

CNN anchor to Ten Commandments judge: “Our laws do not come from God”

Media reports wrong on decision in NJ same-sex attraction counseling case

    Via Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund: Contrary to several media reports, a New Jersey court has not ruled that a counseling referral service that provides help to people with unwanted same-sex attraction has violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act or that faith-based counselors violate the act when they express their views. The court did not make any findings of fact and preserved the First Amendment defenses of JONAH, the counseling referral service sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Ferguson v. JONAH.

  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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Congress demands answers from Army over chaplain disciplined for doing his job

CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

Why politics still matter: The temptation to withdraw is ever with us

    Christianity Today: It’s not news that politics can be dreary and dysfunctional. For this reason, as we begin another long season of presidential election politics, many Christians are running for cover, eager to avoid politics as much as possible. The reasons for withdrawal have become predictable. Some suggest politics is too broken, too corrupt, for Christians get involved in without sacrificing faithfulness. Others claim politics is a distraction from more spiritual pursuits. These are both long-held, persistent ideas, each with their own merits, but they are ultimately incomplete.

  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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School drops disclaimer requirement, settles lawsuit

Brownback right to rescind executive order

Florida school board votes to ban Bibles over Satanists passing out coloring books

Tennessee legislator wants the Bible to become official state book

Chaplains commend Air Force for retaining article about airman’s humanitarian work

Student reprimanded for saying “God Bless America”

Humanists challenging school prayers want judge to decide without going to trial

Florida school board bans Bibles to prevent Satanic group from giving books to students

Arkansas bill defends Christmas greetings in schools

Indiana religious freedom bills fraught with rhetoric from both sides

Bill to let college clubs pick leaders’ religion fails

From campus bullies to empty churches