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Interfaith Alliance and Religious Freedom Education Project release answers to frequently asked questions on religious freedom and American Muslims.
Kentucky appeals court reinstates lawsuit, rejecting church’s argument that the dispute over wages and benefits is an ecclesiastical matter that can’t be decided by a court.
Legal principle preventing government interference with churches protects Lutheran school against employment-discrimination lawsuit, federal judge rules, citing recent Supreme Court case.
Appeals court says carrying a firearm is not a religious practice but ‘a personal preference, motivated by a secular purpose.’
Delaware Supreme Court finds family court’s calculation that wife could give less to her church each month did not violate her free exercise of religion.
Rejecting church-autonomy defense, Florida appeals court says man can proceed in court for falsely being called gay.
Federal magistrate says California prisoner failed to show how having a nonwhite cellmate burdens the practice of his religion under the First Amendment.
Tennessee jail officials’ policies further safety and security interests, judge says in case involving Muslim inmate.
St. Petersburg Times reports that case involving leadership dispute at Tampa mosque apparently can proceed ‘under Ecclesiastical Islamic Law.’
College has asked several student clubs to come into compliance with its nondiscrimination policy, but some students say university is singling them out because of their beliefs, The Tennessean reports.
Christopher Henry had contended items were essential to the practice of Judaism, but court finds corrections officials had legitimate penological reasons to refuse his request.
Three-judge panel rules Yuma officials violated RLUIPA by denying Centro Familiar Cristiano Buenas Nuevas a permit to conduct services in a former department store building.
State high court punishes Judge Theresa Brown Dearman for ordering defendants to attend religious service as condition of bail and for other acts of misconduct, reports law blogger Eugene Volokh.
Giles County, Va., officials say copies of Decalogue will be posted in schools alongside other historical documents in a “civic context,” but opponents argue that the purpose of the displays is principally religious.
“Our government cannot pick and choose whose free speech rights are protected, based on whether or not they approve of the content of our statements or actions,” says Derek Fenton.