Atheist group vows to scrutinize Hobby Lobby president’s public school Bible class

Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church

Texas seizes polygamist group’s secluded ranch

Group calls for Department of Defense to withdraw from Prayer Day event

NJ woman’s rejected atheist license plate violates First Amendment, lawsuit argues

Kentucky Supreme Court: Religious jobs exempt from some labor laws

Suit over sale of former public school to Orthodox Jewish schools is settled

3 USCIRF commissioners are reappointed

ADF appeals decision against churches meeting in NYC public schools

Bible study after school ban overturned as NY Superintendent reverses decision | Christian Post

Va. community colleges relax speech restrictions

Mormon elder sees hope despite “alarming” religious liberty trends

Mich.: Warren mayor says atheist can’t put up “reason station” inside city hall

Appleton man hopes for “In God We Trust” license plates in Wisconsin

Rubio expresses “concern” over still-vacant State Dept. religious freedom post

No legal recourse for Gallaudet University official demoted because she signed anti-same-sex-marriage petition

Pismo Beach City Council stops prayers before meetings

Luis A. Silva: Religious freedom and the American settlement

    Luis A. Silva at Public Discourse: “In his new book, The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom, University of San Diego law professor Steven D. Smith notes this trend and explains its causes. In this sense, the book is pessimistic. Yet there is a hopeful note in the midst of this pessimism. According to Smith, the original genius of the United States, what he calls ‘the American settlement,’ which used to protect religious freedom, has long been lost. But is it gone forever? Nothing lasts forever in this world, the author reminds us, including governments. But here’s the hopeful part: Smith argues that, although it will be difficult, it is still possible to recover what made the United States a land of free and flourishing belief.”

  • Posted: 04/16/2014
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Crosses spark a Constitutional fight

Va. college system eliminates “free speech zones”

Okla. school district approves Hobby Lobby president’s Bible course

N.H. education tax credit challenge draws national interest | AP

Settlement sought in free speech case by Christian student at TNCC | Daily Press

Lawsuit filed after teacher throws away child’s Valentine’s Day message | Christian Today

Russell Moore: Same-sex “marriage” and the future

NYPD pulls plug on Muslim surveillance program

Atheist group accuses Clemson football program of “Christian worship”

Air Force’s restrictions on religious expression under review

    CBN News: “Religious restrictions in the Air Force are coming under review after a cadet at the Air Force Academy was forced to remove a Bible verse from his personal message board. Top officials, chaplains, and legal officers will meet to make sure current policies don’t prevent service members from expressing their religious beliefs.”

  • Posted: 04/15/2014
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Media, rights groups urge court to revisit takedown of anti-Muslim YouTube video

ACLU seeks to oppose diocese in birth control suit

Ohio: Muslim cab drivers refuse to promote “Gay Games”

SBC leader says evangelicals paying price for “narrow vision” of religious freedom

Ala. pastor barred from feeding the homeless without food truck permit

Ryan T. Anderson: It’s time to protect religious liberty in the marriage debate

Elizabeth Corey: Religious liberty and the tragic approach to legal theory

    Elizabeth Corey reviews The Tragedy of Religious Freedom by Marc O. DeGirolami at The University Bookman: “The book’s argument proceeds as follows. Many modern scholars of religious liberty, whom DeGirolami terms ‘monists’ for their desire to arrive at a unifying principle of explanation, see their essential task as finding or discovering the one master value by which all religious liberty disputes can be explained and future cases decided. . . . The author designates thinkers like these (and there are many others) ‘comic’ theorists. . . . DeGirolami suggests an alternative way of thinking about the conflicts inherent in religious liberty jurisprudence. He calls this the ‘tragic’ approach. It shares with the extreme skeptics a doubt about the efficacy of theory as a magic bullet for solving real-world disputes. But it also agrees with the comic monist assumption that abstractions—equality, neutrality, noncoercion—are not empty of meaning but rather can be emblems of important values that law aims to protect.”

  • Posted: 04/14/2014
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Ross Douthat: Diversity and dishonesty

Oregon City students protest Day of Silence with “Gay is not OK” T-shirts

Jerry Newcombe: What would the Framers think of evicting churches from NYC schools? | The Christian Post

Todd Starnes: Jesus card not welcome in Nazareth school | Christian Post

NY: Plattsburgh City Council approves compromise allowing prayer vigil

Virginia: Amid public pressure, McAuliffe OKs prayer rally time

Florida: Christian student club accuses Lake County Schools of discrimination

The narrow (and proper) way for the court to rule in Hobby Lobby’s favor

Jordan Lorence: Opposing government coercion is true “price of citizenship”

Supreme Court turns down First Amendment case | NRB

Charles Krauthammer: Thought police on patrol

Professor incites destruction of student newspaper while university shrugs

Court order allows Dallas synagogue to operate while lawsuit proceeds

Bill to make Bible Louisiana’s official state book passes House Committee

Tony Perkins: Judge promotes conservative to professor of justice

“Supreme Court refuses to hear New Mexico photographer’s gay bias case” | Gospel Herald

Court orders university to promote professor after being discriminated against for Christian views | Christian News Network

Lawsuit filed: Jesus not welcome in Nazareth, Pa. school | Fox News

Catholic schools pressed to give up morality

ADF: Mich. school district on solid ground to allow Easter egg hunt fliers

Draft of Justice Department’s new racial profiling rules adds limits on religious profiling

The Federalist interviews Ken Cuccinelli

    The Federalist interviews Ken Cuccinelli: “On our side I would say that a lot of people, including many on our side meaning conservative/liberations, forget we’re a natural law country. That that is the foundation on which we built the greatest country in the history of the world and that that foundation comes from God. And a lot of people have a real problem with that. And people on our side, many are embarrassed of it. The other side I will tell you, when I use those kinds of arguments I have never had the other side do anything other than sort of sit there dumb and mute. And they don’t have a retort to it because it’s so rather obvious in the founding history that there’s really no denying it, that it was a critical element on building the foundation we’ve got.”

  • Posted: 04/10/2014
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Nazareth area school district policy on Valentine’s Day cards needs to be revoked, attorney says | The Express-Times

What would the Framers think of evicting churches from NYC schools? | Jerry Newcombe at Townhall

Billionaires push Republicans on Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Carroll County commissioners vote to halt sectarian prayers

Brandeis University withdraws planned honorary degree for Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Arlington Catholic Diocese employee says same-sex “marriage” cost him his job

Minnesota House sends “anti-bullying” bill to governor’s desk

Christian photographer denied appeal by US Supreme Court | The Christian Institute

Judge awards embattled Christian, conservative prof $50K — and a promotion

Court orders UNC–Wilmington to pay, promote professor after retaliating against him

Humanists seek recognition by federal prison on same terms as theistic religions

Parents claim school banned son’s God-themed Valentine’s Day cards – and now they’re suing | The Blaze

Nazareth Area School District sued over religious notes removed from Valentine’s Day cards | The Express-Times

Appeals court ruling: ban on worship in NYC schools constitutional | The Jewish Voice

Nazareth rejects Jesus, gets sued | WND