Posts by Charles C. Haynes:
School officials in Lake City, Arkansas have come up with a novel solution to the fight over prayer at graduation: No prayer, no graduation.
Students with deep religious convictions are fast turning public schools into the newest battleground over abortion – much to the dismay of beleaguered school officials.
Lawsuit against a florist who refused to do flower arrangements for a gay wedding pits rights of citizens to be free from discrimination in places of public accommodation against the rights of religious business owners to follow their conscience in matters of faith.
On March 28, a group of atheists in New York lost round one in their legal battle to keep the “Ground Zero Cross” out of the National September 11 Museum in lower Manhattan.
To what extent do students have First Amendment rights? Recently, a three judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has written another chapter in that debate by ruling in favor of a fifth grader who was barred by school officials from handing out invitations to a Christmas party at her church.
Is yoga secular or religious? That’s the conundrum at the heart of a new legal battle in Encinitas, California over the teaching of yoga in public schools.
Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t.
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the devotional use of the Bible by public schools, in its ruling on Abington Township v. Schempp.
But many school districts in the Lone Star State still haven’t gotten the message, according to a report released last month by the Texas Freedom Network (TFN) entitled [...]
In today’s deeply divided America, who prays the ceremonial prayers is fast becoming a religio-political weathervane pointing in the direction cultural winds are blowing.
Attempts by the state to burden religious practices are always hotly contested – and that’s as it should be in a nation founded on religious freedom.
Why the end of the Protestant hegemony in America will be no loss for religious people of any tradition, including Protestants.
Atheists, humanists and other nonreligious people face discrimination and persecution in many parts of the world, but nonbelief should also be a protected human right.
Maybe it’s time atheists declared victory and stay home for the holidays — let Christians set up Nativity displays in public spaces unanswered in December and save atheist messages for another time.
With Romney’s candidacy, we moved closer to the First Amendment promise of full religious freedom — a level playing field in the public square for citizens of all faiths and none.
If cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas, prevail in defending their practice of holding up Bible-verse banners at football games, their victory could open the door for more student religious expression at school-sponsored events, delivered by members of various school groups.