Post Tagged with: "Religion"

  • October 19, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized October 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm 0 comments

    First Democratic Presidential Debate Last Tuesday, the first Democratic presidential debate was held. Many felt Hilary Clinton was the winner of the debate, but Bernie Sanders scored one of the most memorable moments of the night, when in response to a question about Clinton’s email scandal, he said “Let me […]

  • Religious Liberty and the Unsafe Space Movement

    LGBTQ Rights April 5, 2015 at 1:42 am 0 comments

    There is nothing new about statewide Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (“RFRA”). After the Supreme Court held that the federal RFRA did not apply to the states, about two dozen states in the South and Midwest passed statewide versions of the federal law preventing any religiously neutral law from infringing upon […]

  • Religion, Contraceptives, and the ACA: Recent Developments

    Reproductive Rights February 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm 1 comment

    Simply being an employee of a religious organization does not require that you must succumb to their religious mandate, especially when the important government interest of protecting women’s rights is at stake.

  • Making Sense of the Establishment Clause Test for Public Displays of Religion

    First Amendment March 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm 2 comments

    Each year, over 50,000 skiers and snowboarders visit the ski slopes at Big Mountain in northwest Montana, just 66 miles from the Canadian border.  This year, the mountain has set the stage for a battle between atheists and religious groups over the fate of a six-foot statue of Jesus that […]

  • Employment Discrimation and Who is a "Minister"?

    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held on Wednesday that a “ministerial exception” barred a parochial school teacher from pursuing an employment discrimination claim against the church that runs the school. This opinion dramatically limits the scope of protection provided to religious employees under the “primary duties” test, the standard previously used by several federal circuits. Although lower courts can continue to carve out areas in which exceptional circumstances may compel the conclusion that the ministerial exception need not apply, “ministers” now receive no protection under civil rights or other discrimination statutes.

  • Resolving Conflicts Between Professional Ethics, Religious Beliefs, and Free Speech

    Education, First Amendment, LGBTQ Rights January 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm 0 comments

    For the last seventy-five years, Augusta, Georgia has predominantly been known for its connection to the Masters, one of the nation’s most tradition-laden events in all of sports.  But less than a mile from Magnolia Lane, Augusta State University (ASU) has become embroiled in a legal controversy with a former […]

  • Erosion of Lee v. Weisman in the Lower Courts

    First Amendment October 17, 2011 at 8:46 am 5 comments

    Last month, in one of the largest curtailments of the Establishment Clause in recent history, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that public schools in Wisconsin could hold high school graduation ceremonies in churches without offending the First Amendment. For nearly ten years, Brookfield Central and Brookfield East high […]

  • "In God We Trust"… except in math class

    By Bill O'Neil, First Amendment, Original Content September 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm 0 comments

    Last week, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that a California school district did not violate a teacher’s free speech rights by ordering him to remove posters bearing the national motto, among other phrases. In late 2006, Bradley Johnson, a San Diego County math […]

  • In Their Own Words: Supreme Court Favors States’ Rights Over Religious Freedom

    In a relatively little-noted decision last term, the Supreme Court favored a particular vision of federalism over the protection of religious freedom. The 6-2 ruling, in Sossamon v. Texas, barred money damages in private actions brought by prisoners against state and local governments under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA). Sossamon continues a trend of denying prisoners any effective opportunity for the enforcement of their rights.

  • Virginia AG Wants To Back Out Of Allowing Gay Adoption

    By Noah Kaplan, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights April 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm 0 comments

    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office said in a memo dated Tuesday that proposed rules that would require private and faith-based groups, such as Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Services, to allow gay parents to adopt children “does not comport with applicable state law and public policy.”