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Charles J. Russo

Charles J. Russo is an author at Religion News Service.

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Plans for religious charter school, though rejected for now, are already pushing church-state debates into new territory

By Charles J. Russo — April 18, 2023
(The Conversation) — Using public funds to support students at private religious schools is one thing, but establishing faith-based institutions within public districts is another.

How far must employers go to accommodate workers’ time off for worship? The Supreme Court will weigh in

By Charles J. Russo — March 2, 2023
(The Conversation) — Employers navigating employees’ requests for religious accommodations face some confusing guidance. A new Supreme Court case could clarify – and shift the norm.

Religious freedom and LGBTQ rights are clashing in schools and on campuses – and courts are deciding

By Charles J. Russo — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Yeshiva University’s legal case has garnered national attention, but several similar cases are underway.

Supreme Court to revisit LGBTQ rights – this time with a wedding website designer, not a baker

By Charles J. Russo — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — 303 Creative v. Elenis gives SCOTUS another chance to set precedent about what happens when First Amendment freedoms come at a cost to civil rights.

Why the Supreme Court’s football decision is a game-changer on school prayer

By Charles J. Russo — June 28, 2022
(The Conversation) — Kennedy v. Bremerton, a case about a public school teacher’s prayer, helps close out a Supreme Court term in which religion was often in the spotlight.

State funds for students at religious schools? Supreme Court says ‘yes’ in Maine case – but consequences could go beyond

By Charles J. Russo — June 22, 2022
(The Conversation) — Once again, the court has expanded the legal ways that public funds can be used for students at religious institutions.

Money, schools and religion: A controversial combo returns to the Supreme Court

By Charles J. Russo — November 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — Carson v. Makin, a case from Maine about aid to students attending religious schools, goes to the Supreme Court on Dec. 8, 2021.
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