Religion

Virginia Churches Challenge COVID Rules as Infection Rate Grows
State News
Virginia Churches Challenge COVID Rules as Infection Rate Grows
2020-12-08 16:48:55
by Tom Ramstack

Members of two Virginia churches are trying again in a lawsuit filed on Friday to challenge the governor’s restrictions intended to control the spread of coronavirus. The lawsuit says the restrictions Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced in mid-November “discourage the... Read More

An Illinois University Got Major Pushback for Cutting Religion, French and Anthropology. But Other Colleges Are Dropping the Humanities too
Religion
An Illinois University Got Major Pushback for Cutting Religion, French and Anthropology. But Other Colleges Are Dropping the Humanities too

CHICAGO — Scott Sheridan didn’t expect his 23 years of teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University to end like this. Though fewer students are pursuing degrees in his areas of study these days, many still participate. This semester, more than 50... Read More

Religious Groups Sue Virginia Over Law Protecting Gay Rights
State News
Religious Groups Sue Virginia Over Law Protecting Gay Rights
2020-10-05 15:10:53
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. - Religious groups and a wedding photographer are suing the state of Virginia over a new law that bans discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender persons. The law is directed primarily against discrimination in employment, housing and public... Read More

With Court Battle Looming, Trump and Biden Compete for Catholic Voters
2020 Elections
With Court Battle Looming, Trump and Biden Compete for Catholic Voters

HARTFORD, Conn. — Four years ago, Marge Hansen was deeply skeptical of Republican Donald Trump, dismissing the thrice-married businessman who once boasted about grabbing women “by the p---y” as sharply out-of-step with her own conservative Catholic values. This year, she’s... Read More

John Roberts’ Latest Deciding Vote Spurs Wrath of Conservatives
Supreme Court
John Roberts’ Latest Deciding Vote Spurs Wrath of Conservatives

The latest Supreme Court vote cast by Chief Justice John Roberts, rejecting an effort by a Nevada church to ease limits on attendance at its services during the coronavirus pandemic, was condemned by conservative lawmakers. Roberts was the decider late... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Job Discrimination Laws Don’t Protect Church-School Teachers
Employment
Supreme Court Rules Job Discrimination Laws Don’t Protect Church-School Teachers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned teachers who work at church-run schools from filing discrimination lawsuits against their employers, ruling that the Constitution’s protection for religious liberty exempts church schools from state and federal anti-discrimination laws. The justices,... Read More

Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
Supreme Court
Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
2020-07-08 17:07:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The 7-2 decision could have a profound, immediate effect on... Read More

Many Faithful Say It’s Time to Gather. Some Governors Disagree
Religion
Many Faithful Say It’s Time to Gather. Some Governors Disagree

WASHINGTON — Gathering to pray feels more important than ever for many Americans of faith, as COVID-19 cases top 2 million in the United States and communities roil with anger about police brutality and systemic racism. Yet many governors and... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Limits on Church Services
Religion
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Limits on Church Services
2020-06-02 18:53:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal by a California church challenging state limits on attendance at worship services imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals late... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Ban to Remain for Religious Ads
Religion
U.S. Supreme Court Allows Ban to Remain for Religious Ads
2020-04-08 18:11:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to review a lower court ruling that allows the Washington, D.C. transit system to ban religious ads. As a result, transit agencies now have the discretion to prohibit religious, political and... Read More

Supreme Court to Tackle Issues of Religion and School Choice This Week
Political News
Supreme Court to Tackle Issues of Religion and School Choice This Week
2020-01-21 16:14:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday will wade into a thorny battle over school-choice programs and state aid for religious schools as it weighs a request from three Montana families to allow a state scholarship program to fund their... Read More

Lawsuit Claims Muslim Woman Forced to Certify When She Wears Headscarf to Receive Driver’s License
State News
Lawsuit Claims Muslim Woman Forced to Certify When She Wears Headscarf to Receive Driver’s License

CHICAGO — A Rockford, Ill., woman is suing the Illinois secretary of state in an attempt to change a state rule requiring those who wear a religious head covering in their driver’s license photo to also certify that they do... Read More

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