The Supreme Court ups the ante on religious liberty
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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?
(RNS) — In the direction of accommodation, but it’s hard to say how far.
The ’Splainer: What is the Blaine Amendment and did SCOTUS kill it?
(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 . . . .
Alabama Senate gives megachurch the right to form its own police force
(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.