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The Supreme Court ups the ante on religious liberty

By Mark Silk — December 3, 2020

(RNS) — With a new conservative majority on the court, the free exercise clause is due for an upgrade.

Trump v. Jefferson on National Religious Freedom Day

By Mark Silk — January 21, 2020

(RNS) — A proposed Trump rule change touted as a boon for faith-based organizations would actually undermine religious freedom.

We can protect prayer in schools without blessing Christian nationalism

By Amanda Tyler — January 17, 2020

(RNS) — Claiming to defend a constitutional right under attack, the Trump administration’s announcement on school prayer neither identified the threat nor bolstered students’ well-established freedom to pray.

Cultivate common ground regarding faith in public life

By melissarogers — October 15, 2019

(RNS) — Making lasting progress on the most difficult issues facing our country will require renewed efforts to bring diverse Americans of good faith together to listen to one another.

The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS

By Menachem Wecker — April 25, 2019

(RNS) — The Satanic Temple says it was recently recognized as a church by the IRS. The group, which is nontheistic and argues religion can be ‘divorced’ from superstition, has said it should have the same rights and protections as other religious groups.

How would Brett Kavanaugh rule in Supreme Court religion cases?

By Mark Silk — September 4, 2018

(RNS) — In the direction of accommodation, but it’s hard to say how far.

‘Peace Cross’ is unconstitutional, court rules

By Kimberly Winston — October 19, 2017

(RNS) — When is a cross on government land a violation of the establishment clause?

The ’Splainer: What is the Blaine Amendment and did SCOTUS kill it?

By Kimberly Winston — June 28, 2017

(RNS) Who was Blaine and would he have wanted to prevent a Midwestern day care center from padding the ground below its swingset and slide? Let us ’Splain . . . .

America’s real first freedom? Secular government

By Michael De Dora — April 24, 2017

(RNS) The “first freedom” is not the free exercise of religion — it is freedom from established religion.

Alabama Senate gives megachurch the right to form its own police force

By Lauren Markoe — April 13, 2017

(RNS) Briarwood Presbyterian Church may be the first church in the country to be allowed to form its own police force, invested with the powers of ‘regular’ police.

Dispelling the myth of a ‘Christian nation’

By Charles C. Haynes — August 8, 2013

The Framers of our Constitution knew the time had come to break from the precedents of history and bar any religious group from ever imposing itself on the nation.

A right for the religious is a right for the nonreligious

By Charles C. Haynes — July 14, 2013

Pushback from atheists on religious monuments, military chaplains and other issues is triggered by frequent lack of equal treatment for the nonreligious in a society that often privileges religion.

Legislative prayers, the Supreme Court’s self-created quagmire

By Charles C. Haynes — May 30, 2013

When the U.S. Supreme Court declared legislative prayers constitutional 30 years ago, the justices sent a convoluted message to legislatures, city councils and other government bodies.

Graduation prayer, fighting over a lost cause

By Charles C. Haynes — May 16, 2013

School officials in Lake City, Arkansas have come up with a novel solution to the fight over prayer at graduation: No prayer, no graduation.

When do student prayers cross the First Amendment line?

By Charles C. Haynes — February 21, 2013

Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t.

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