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Chaplains in the Texas public schools. Really.

By Mark Silk — May 30, 2023
(RNS) — According to a law passed by the state's Legislature last week.
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No, the framers were not more about protecting religion from the state than vice versa

By Mark Silk — May 5, 2023
(RNS) — Connecticut is a case in point.

Religious zealots go postal (again)

By Mark Silk — April 20, 2023
(RNS) — The current Supreme Court religion case harks back to a 19th-century fight over Sunday mail.

Conservative Christians aren’t the only ones asking for accommodation in mailman case

By Yonat Shimron — April 18, 2023
(RNS) — Religious minorities — Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Seventh-day Adventists — have filed briefs asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that gutted a civil rights statute’s protections for religious accommodation.

Abortion pill rulings undermine religious freedom, interfaith leaders say

By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2023
(RNS) — Multiple faith groups object to Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk’s ruling on mifepristone, saying it is motivated by a sectarian version of Christianity that tramples over their beliefs.

Mark Rivera pleads guilty to felony sexual assault, sentenced to 6 more years

By Kathryn Post — April 12, 2023
(RNS) — The former Anglican lay pastor has already been sentenced to 15 years for separate child sexual abuse crimes.

Can a teacher put John 3:16 in email signature? District says no; her lawyers say yes

By Adelle M. Banks — April 10, 2023
(RNS) — An official of a Virginia school district said its ‘determination is not based on any particular religious viewpoint.’

Court rehears case to protect Oak Flat, an Apache sacred site in Arizona

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 21, 2023
(RNS) — ‘A win for Apache Stronghold will be a win for people of all faiths,’ said Luke Goodrich.

Mark Rivera, a former Anglican lay pastor, sentenced to 15 years in prison

By Kathryn Post — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — 'She continues to be impacted every single day by this man’s abuse,' said the mother of the child abuse survivor who first reported Rivera.

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.

Poll: Support for abortion rights is strong, even among most religious groups

By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2023
(RNS) — The outliers are white evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter-day Saints and Hispanic Protestants.

Five Jehovah’s Witnesses charged with sexually abusing children in Pennsylvania

By Kathryn Post — February 7, 2023
(RNS) — The Pennsylvania attorney general's office describes the defendants as having used their religion to access the reported abuse survivors.  

Clergy file suit over Missouri abortion ban, arguing it establishes a religion

By Jack Jenkins — January 19, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Our elected officials have violated their oath to uphold that constitution by weaponizing religious beliefs,’ said the Rev. Traci Blackmon.
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