“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Though a 2012 First Amendment Center survey noted that a majority of Americans identify that the First Amendment contains the freedom of speech, only about a quarter remembered its provision for freedom of religion. Simultaneously protecting religious freedom in America and complicating church-state relations, the right to religious freedom grounds debates over a range of issues, from religion in public schools to corporate expressions of free exercise.
- Gordon College Settles with Professor It Said Was a MinisterState judge says the school’s legal strategy was a mistake.
- California Baker Sued for Discrimination Wins Free Speech CaseAhead of another Supreme Court case over same-sex wedding clients, judge defends cake-maker’s First Amendment rights.
- Praying Football Coach Wins at Supreme CourtConservative majority says Washington school was wrong to worry about “excessive entanglement” between church and state.
- Supreme Court Rules Against Maine Policy Denying Christian School AidUpdate: Justices say that exempting religious schools amounts to discrimination.
- First Pastor to Defy COVID-19 Lockdowns Wins in CourtFollowing several earlier decisions siding with religious groups, the leader of a Oneness Pentecostal congregation in Louisiana declares, “Devil, you just got dethroned.”
- Why Tennessee Is Just Now Looking at Lifting a Ban on Clergy in the LegislatureA Presbyterian was burnt in effigy, a Methodist was shot in the leg, and that’s just the start of the story of this constitutional prohibition.
- Supreme Court: Boston Should Have Let the Christian Flag FlyIn a unanimous ruling, justices agree the city violated the First Amendment by keeping religious views out of a space being used as a public forum.
- Can a Christian Flag Fly Outside Boston’s City Hall?The free speech question considered by the Supreme Court this week may hinge on whether the pole counts as a public forum.
- Supreme Court to Debate Football Coach’s PrayersDid kneeling at the 50-yard line violate the First Amendment? Or did a school’s attempt to stop it violate the First Amendment?
- RZIM Donors Fight to See If Their Funds Enabled AbuseA federal judge declined to expedite discovery, but lawyers will ask for 17 years of financial records and hundreds of thousands of documents.