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Supreme Court to hear case of praying ex-football coach

By Associated Press — January 14, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear the case of a former Seattle-area football coach who was removed from his job because he refused to stop praying on the field. Former Bremerton High School coach Joe Kennedy’s lawyers say the religious beliefs of their client, who is Christian, “compelled him to […]
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Russian coronavirus-denying monk given prison sentence

By Vladimir Isachenkov — November 30, 2021
Father Sergiy was arrested in December 2020 on charges of inciting suicidal actions through sermons in which he urged believers to “die for Russia,” breaching the freedom of conscience and making arbitrary moves.

Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

By Holly Meyer — November 29, 2021
The National Council of Jewish Women gathered outside the Supreme Court in Mississippi on the day of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case hearing to support abortion rights.

Portland’s season of unrest rekindled after Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

By Grant Stringer — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — This time, national and local faith leaders have organized largely peaceful protests.

Texas abortion ban stays in force as justices mull outcome

By Mark Sherman — November 17, 2021
They raised expectations of quick action by putting the case on a rarely used fast track. And yet, to date, the court's silence means that women cannot get an abortion in Texas, the second-largest state, after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Priest gets life term in child porn, exploitation case

By Associated Press — November 10, 2021
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Rev. Robert McWilliams was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Akron in front of an overflow gallery filled with the family of three victims.

High court skeptical of Texas death row inmate prayer demand

By Jessica Gresko — November 9, 2021
The outcome won't take anyone off death row but could make clear what religious accommodations officials must make for inmates who are being put to death.

Supreme Court won’t hear case involving transgender rights

By Associated Press — November 1, 2021
The high court turned away the case Monday without comment, as is typical. Three conservative justices — Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch — said they would have heard the case.

A religious liberty quiz shows readers favor the separation of church and state

By Mark Silk — October 25, 2021
(RNS) — Madison and Jefferson would be pleased.

Your religious liberty quiz

By Mark Silk — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — A gauge of what you think should be the case, not what the law says.

Airman convicted of kidnapping, killing Mennonite teacher

By Felicia Fonseca — October 14, 2021
On Wednesday, a jury in Arizona found U.S. Air Force airman Mark Gooch guilty of kidnapping and first-degree murder in Sasha Krause’s killing.

Michigan attorney is first Muslim Arab American woman to stand before Supreme Court

By Joseph Hammond — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — Fadwa Hammoud’s appearance at the Supreme Court is one of several important firsts for Muslims in the American legal system in recent months.

Sailors, Marines seek religious accommodation to wear beards

By Joseph Hammond — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — One Orthodox Jewish sailor and three Muslim sailors joined in a lawsuit alleging the Navy’s beard policy amounts to a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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