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Another Texas execution delayed on religious freedom claims

By Juan A. Lozano — September 17, 2021
The Supreme Court granted him a stay because his spiritual adviser was not allowed to accompany him in the death chamber.

Why file frivolous religious rights cases against COVID protections?

By Mark Silk — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — It's not about the law.

Report: US Supreme Court favors religion in emergency reviews

By Yonat Shimron — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — The analysis by Reuters found that the Court's shadow docket' in which emergency applications are decided hurriedly, provided religious applicants a win in every case.

Plaintiffs propose replacing Bible with Book of Faith

By Associated Press — July 28, 2021
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Government lawyers argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because the lead plaintiff acknowledged he wasn’t offended by the display.

British borough apologizes for removing bus ads promoting Franklin Graham festival

By Yonat Shimron — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — A judge ruled the removal of the ads was an unjustified interference in freedom of expression and ordered the borough and its transportation provider to post an apology.

Transgender rights, religion among cases justices could add

By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko — June 28, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — This month, the court has already issued big decisions on health care and religious freedom. And next term, the high court has agreed to take on cases about abortion and guns.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Catholic foster care agency, in narrow win for religious rights

By Yonat Shimron — June 17, 2021
(RNS) — The justices once again showed they were receptive to claims by religious groups — in this case Catholic Social Services, which refuses to work with same-sex couples.

Vatican gets mixed review for its efforts to fight financial corruption

By Claire Giangravé — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — A report by the European agency that combats money laundering says the Vatican needs to take further steps to address internal corruption and improve the institution’s judicial system.

2 Plowshares activists win early release from prison

By Yonat Shimron — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — Martha Hennessy, 66, the granddaughter of Catholic Worker Movement founder Dorothy Day, and Carmen Trotta, 58, a Catholic worker at St. Joseph House in New York City, were released after serving six months in prison for breaking into a nuclear submarine base.

17 psychological groups call for greater protections of LGBTQ students at religious schools

By Yonat Shimron — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — The statement comes in response to a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 33 students or former students of federally funded Christian colleges and universities that allege widespread discrimination against LGBTQ students.

Connecticut’s religious anti-vaxxers file suit

By Mark Silk — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — Three mothers say a law eliminating the faith exemption for school vaccinations violates their free exercise rights.

Ahead of Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral, North Carolina clergy cry out for justice

By Yonat Shimron — May 1, 2021
(RNS) — For North Carolina clergy, the killing of an unarmed Black man by law enforcement is personal.

How SCOTUS is selectively ‘restoring’ religious liberty

By Mark Silk — April 12, 2021
(RNS) — A court bent on finding an absence of neutrality can always find something.

Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in

By Yonat Shimron — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — Mark Colville was part of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 who broke into a naval base on April 4, 2018. DePaul University in Chicago announced last month it would recognize the group with a Christian nonviolence award.

Are LGBTQ students at Christian schools discriminated against? A lawsuit, scholarly studies say yes.

By Yonat Shimron — April 5, 2021
(RNS) — A new lawsuit backs up what scholars have been saying: LGBTQ students at Christian schools experience higher rates of bullying and harassment as well as clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in comparison with students at non-religious schools.
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