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Dear Democrats: Four religion requests from non-religious Americans

By Hemant Mehta — December 13, 2019

(RNS) — While by no means our only matter of concern, toning down talk of faith in politics would show some respect to what is rapidly becoming the largest ‘religious’ group in the country.

Tennessee pastor posts video burning book that critiques Christian nationalism

By Aysha Khan — October 24, 2019

(RNS) — A conservative evangelical pastor in Tennessee posted a video of himself on social media burning a book by an atheist lawyer who argued the U.S. was not built as a Christian nation.

Watchdog files complaint after judge gave Bible to Botham Jean murderer

By Adelle M. Banks — October 4, 2019

(RNS) — ‘It is perfectly acceptable for private citizens to express their religious beliefs in court, but the rules are different for those acting in a governmental role,’ said Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Cross in seal of Pa. county ‘plainly constitutional,’ rules appeals court

By Adelle M. Banks — August 8, 2019

(RNS) — The appellate court ruled that the so-called Lemon test, which it noted has been ignored in some similar past cases, does not apply in the seal case.

Atheist watchdog drops fight to halt clergy housing allowance

By Adelle M. Banks — June 18, 2019

(RNS) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation said it hopes its strategy will allow the issue to be reconsidered when the high court has a different makeup.

Clergy housing allowance is constitutional, appeals court rules

By Adelle M. Banks — March 19, 2019

(RNS) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation argued that the allowance gives ministers a religious benefit, but the court determined in a unanimous ruling that it did not overly entangle church and state.

Portland bans discrimination against atheists, other nonbelievers

By Tracy Simmons — March 4, 2019

(RNS) — Portland now bans discrimination against atheists, agnostics, and those who don’t believe in “god or gods.”

Legal battle continues over religious leader housing tax break

By Jack Jenkins — October 26, 2018

(RNS) — ‘The government cannot discriminate against atheist leaders and reward religious leaders,’ said a plaintiff in the case.

Freedom from Religion Foundation group sues IRS over tax exemption

By Adelle M. Banks — October 11, 2018

(RNS) — In its complaint, the charity said it ‘objects to having to file Form 990 while churches and church-related organizations do not.’

How ‘pro bono’ offers to defend religious monuments are stressing local governments

By Andrew L. Seidel — March 7, 2018

(RNS) — Pro bono? Not even a penny? The old adage holds: This sounds too good to be true. And it is, says Andrew L. Seidel.

House Republicans’ proposed tax reform will lead to church regulation

By Andrew L. Seidel — November 28, 2017

(RNS) — Permitting tax-exempt churches to engage in partisan politicking would throw untold millions — even billions is no exaggeration — of dark money into U.S. elections.

Federal judge strikes down tax-free housing for clergy

By Lauren Markoe — October 10, 2017

(AP) — The judge ruled that the exemption provides an unconstitutional benefit to religious persons and no one else, violating the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Secularists sue House chaplain on National Day of Prayer

By Kimberly Winston — May 5, 2016

(RNS) The Freedom From Religion Foundation fights denial of a secular invocation before Congress.

Texas sheriff sued for placing crosses on patrol cars

By Aysha Khan — March 3, 2016

(RNS) A First Amendment watchdog group is suing a Texas sheriff for placing Christian cross decals on several county patrol vehicles.

Georgia school district repudiates baptisms on football field

By Reuters — September 15, 2015

ATLANTA (Reuters) Carroll County schools’ assistant superintendent said in a statement on that the baptisms violated school district policy and that the district did not know the ceremony was scheduled to be held at the high school.

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