Posts by Jeremy Leaming:
A couple has sued a Tennessee public school district accusing it of hindering their fundamental rights by censoring a Christian message they wanted to use in connection with a school fundraising project.
Thomas and Melody Horne, who have a daughter enrolled at a Hamilton County elementary school, donated $50 to the district’s “Commemorative Brick Project,” which [...]
A Wisconsin program designed to help clergy in counseling couples before marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled.
Last December, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit based in Madison, sued the state in federal court, arguing the state’s Community Marriage Policy Project advanced Christianity in violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment. [...]
Members of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple and supporters protest against a federal judge and the Internal Revenue Service, who have threatened to confiscate the church property for unpaid taxes.
A federal appeals court must deal with an Indiana Baptist church that refuses to hand over past-due taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS says [...]
Georgia’s attorney general has told state education officials that providing funds to religious groups to conduct after-school reading programs subverts the separation of church and state.
In an opinion issued late last week, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker described the state education department’s Reading Challenge grants to religious organizations as constitutionally suspect. In 1998, [...]
A federal appeals court has ruled that the First Amendment bars the judiciary
from considering a sexual discrimination suit against a Catholic diocese in
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had asked the 4th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a district judge's 1999 decision that
prevented a former music minister in the Roman Catholic Diocese of [...]
Three Texas middle school students have sued a school district in federal court alleging their fundamental rights were violated when they were punished for having Christian texts on campus.
Represented by the Liberty Counsel, a socially conservative law firm based in Florida, Angela and Amber Harbison and Jeremy Pasket have accused officials with the Willis Independent [...]
A New Jersey public school district has been accused by a national religious-liberty group of violating the fundamental rights of a kindergartner by barring him from giving pencils with Christian messages to his peers.
The Rutherford Institute, a religious-liberty advocacy group, filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month against the Egg Harbor Township School District, claiming [...]
A Unitarian minister wants a federal court to order a Georgia county to remove what he says is the Ten Commandments from an official court seal.
Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, the Rev. Daniel King and two other Richmond County residents have sued the Superior Court of Richmond County in federal court [...]
A federal appeals court panel has found that the Internal Revenue Service did not violate the First Amendment rights of a New York church when the agency revoked the church's tax-exempt status for buying newspaper ads calling for the defeat of Bill Clinton in the 1992 general election.
In 1983, Branch Ministries, Inc., which operates a [...]
Jerry FalwellA televangelist’s nationwide effort to register 10 million Christians for the
November general elections has prompted a civil rights group to ask the Internal
Revenue Service to strip the TV preacher of his tax-exempt status.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based
nonprofit group, yesterday asked the IRS to investigate Jerry Falwell’s
tax-exempt effort, called [...]
A promise by an Indiana county to provide government funds garnered from
casino gambling to a Catholic school has been challenged in federal court on
First Amendment grounds.
Harrison County, in the far southeastern part of the state, receives a
portion of revenues from a riverboat casino that operates in the county. In
March, the Harrison County Council entered into [...]
An Indiana state trooper who refused an assignment for religious reasons is
claiming he was fired by the state because of his religious objections.
Represented by the Rutherford Institute, Ben Endres, a state trooper for
eight years, has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity
According to Endres’ complaint, he was assigned to work a one-year stint [...]
A federal appeals court has decided not to rehear a decision by a three-judge panel of the court allowing a sexual harassment suit to proceed against a Jesuit order despite the Jesuits’ claims that court scrutiny is hampering their religious liberties.
In 1998, a federal judge ruled that several Jesuit priests and officials of three Society [...]
A Massachusetts zoning law that allows religious groups great leeway in building and expanding their structures has been found constitutional by a federal appeals court despite an argument by some residents that the law favors religion.
In late 1998, a group of Belmont residents sued the city’s zoning board after it granted the Church of Jesus [...]
A group with Americans United for Separation of Church and State pickets outside Cobb County Prayer Breakfast in Marietta, Ga., yesterday.
State and federal representatives who participated in the National Day of Prayer, an annual celebration, were roundly criticized by civil libertarians who say government officials nationwide have unconstitutionally promoted Christianity.
Americans United for Separation of [...]