A Pro-Religion Court

What the 6-3 conservative Supreme Court majority’s latest ruling means.

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Supreme Court Rejects Maine’s Ban on Aid to Religious Schools

The decision was the latest in a series of rulings forbidding the exclusion of religious institutions from government programs.

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How Democrats Can Win the Morality Wars

First, they have to understand the deep philosophical differences underlying these conflicts.

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Coach’s Prayers Prompt Supreme Court Test of Religious Freedom

Joseph Kennedy, a football coach at a public high school in Washington State, lost his job after praying on the 50-yard line after games.

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Days After Setting an Execution Date, a Texas Prosecutor Reverses Course

John Henry Ramirez, a death row inmate whose religious freedom case gained national attention, may win a reprieve in an unexpected twist.

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Sikhs Sue Marine Corps Over Restrictions on Beards

The Marine Corps says it needs uniformity, especially during boot camp, and that beards pose risks. Sikhs say the rules are arbitrary and needlessly burden religious liberty.

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Indian Court Upholds Ban on Hijabs in Schools

One school’s initial ban set off unrest and violence that spread to other schools in the southern state of Karnataka.

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Supreme Court to Hear Case of Web Designer Who Objects to Same-Sex Marriage

The case may settle a question left open in 2018: how to reconcile claims of religious liberty with laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Boston’s Refusal to Fly Christian Flag

The court seemed poised to rule that the city, which has approved many other requests to raise flags at its City Hall, violated a Christian group’s free speech rights.

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Supreme Court to Hear Case of Coach Who Lost His Job Over Postgame Prayers

A federal appeals court ruled that a school board in Washington State could require the coach to stop praying at the 50-yard line after high school football games.

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Federal judge blocks the Defense Dept. from punishing Navy forces who refuse the vaccine.

“There is no Covid-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution,” the judge said in his ruling.

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India Cuts Off Foreign Funding of Mother Teresa’s Charity

The move is part of a tightening of rules on organizations financed by donations from abroad and comes amid a rise in attacks on religious minorities.

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India’s Christians Attacked Under Anti-Conversion Laws

“They want to remove us from society,” a Christian farmer said of Hindu extremists. Rising attacks on Christians are part of a broader shift in India, in which minorities feel less safe.

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Trump Weaponized the Supreme Court

The three justices appointed by Trump are doing exactly what they were sent to the court to do.

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Dave Ramsey Fired Employee for Taking Covid Precautions, Suit Says

In his complaint, a former employee says the Tennessee radio broadcaster, an evangelical Christian who has built a personal finance empire, violated his religious rights.

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Supreme Court Allows Vaccine Mandate for New York Health Care Workers

Doctors and nurses challenged a state coronavirus vaccine requirement that had medical but not religious exemptions, saying it violated their right to free exercise of their faiths.

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Supreme Court Allows Vaccine Mandate for New York Healthcare Workers

Doctors and nurses challenged a state coronavirus vaccine requirement that had medical but not religious exemptions, saying it violated their right to free exercise of their faiths.

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Supreme Court Seems Wary of Ban on State Aid to Religious Schools

The case, concerning a tuition program in Maine, seemed likely to extend a winning streak at the court for parents seeking public funds for religious education.

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Should States Be Allowed to Spend Public Money on Religious Educations?

The Supreme Court is about to consider that question.

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How Will N.Y. Religious Schools Respond to a Vaccine Mandate?

Mayor Bill de Blasio set a vaccine mandate for religious and private schools. Jewish and Catholic leaders are frustrated, and some have predicted legal challenges.

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Is It OK to Claim a Religious Exemption to the Covid Vaccine?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on weighing religious commitments against civic responsibilities — and more.

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Faith Groups Push to Scrap New Mandates in Biden’s Child Care Plan

A nondiscrimination provision in the $1.85 trillion social policy bill could disqualify some religious organizations, which provide more than half of child care programs in the United States.

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Military Grants Few Coronavirus Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

The majority of active-duty troops have gotten a mandatory coronavirus vaccine ahead of deadline, with religious-based exemptions largely dismissed.

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Military Grants Few Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

The majority of active-duty troops have gotten a mandatory coronavirus vaccine ahead of deadline, with religious-based exemptions largely dismissed.

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A Dangerous Legal Battle Over Vaccine Mandates Will Continue

The Supreme Court is welcoming a legal battle with far-reaching implications. 

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Supreme Court Won’t Block Maine’s Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

A state regulation that does not allow exemptions on religious grounds was challenged by workers who said taking a coronavirus vaccine was at odds with their faith.

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How Fast Will Amy Coney Barrett Move the Supreme Court Right?

The most junior justice is proving to be a careful strategist who has urged her colleagues on the bench to be cautious. 

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Gay Choir Director and Music Teacher Fired Over Catholic ‘Minister’ Role

Matthew LaBanca is bringing attention to a legal loophole that allows religious institutions to exclude people in same-sex civil marriages from jobs by deeming them ministers.

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What Jefferson’s Statue Meant to the Jewish Naval Hero Who Donated It

A symbol of slavery to some, of religious liberty to others. 

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On the Supreme Court, Religion and a Scheduled Execution

The Supreme Court routinely rejects death penalty appeals. But it halted an execution when religion became an issue.

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New York’s Vaccine Mandate: What to Know

In courtrooms from Manhattan to Utica, judges are weighing whether exemptions that would cover thousands of health care workers will be allowed.

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Marines Reluctantly Let a Sikh Officer Wear a Turban on Duty

While other armed services allow some religion-based exceptions to dress standards without problems, the Marines insist that even small deviations can threaten the force’s effectiveness.

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Religious Beliefs and Abortion Laws

How religious belief affect abortion laws and vaccination.

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When Politics Isn’t About Principle

From vaccine mandates to religious liberty, your allies often matter more than your ideology.

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Covid Vaccine Resisters Seek Religious Exemptions. But What Counts?

Major denominations are essentially unanimous in their support of the vaccines against Covid-19, but individuals who object are citing their personal faith for support.

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Supreme Court Stays John Ramirez’s Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

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Supreme Court Stays Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

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Christian Exemptions to Vaccine Mandates Lack Sound Basis

There is no legitimate religious basis for exemptions from vaccine mandates in any established stream of Christianity.

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Want to Enhance Civil Liberties? Embrace Vaccine Mandates.

They protect the most vulnerable among us.

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Houses of Worship Struggle Back, and Tread Lightly on Vaccines

Emptied out by the pandemic, most churches in New York City do not require worshipers to be vaccinated. Rules vary from place to place.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-religion, #new-york-city, #places-of-worship, #roman-catholic-church, #vaccination-and-immunization

Who Can Make You Get a Covid Vaccine?

Employers, universities and local governments can all issue some type of vaccination requirement. Here’s what to know about the mandates.

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An Unmarried Catholic Schoolteacher Got Pregnant. She Was Fired.

A lawsuit that she filed in New Jersey is testing the First Amendment limits of religious freedom.

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Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Bodies From Roman Britain

Technological advances, including DNA and tooth enamel analyses, allowed researchers to form new conclusions about capital punishment under Roman rule.

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Alabama Lifts Its Ban on Yoga in Schools

For the first time in three decades, yoga can be taught, but the law will still bar teachers from using Sanskrit names for poses.

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Quebec’s Ban on Public Religious Symbols Largely Upheld

The ruling exempts English-speaking schools and effectively allows provincial legislators to wear turbans or head scarves, but it angered civil liberties advocates as discriminatory.

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The Supreme Court Is Making New Law in the Shadows

The justices are defying their procedural rules to rewrite the Constitution.

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This Is What Judicial Activism Looks Like on the Supreme Court

In a dissent, two conservative justices invite a case to overturn a precedent on religion in the workplace that they dislike.

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The Muslims Who Inspired Spinoza, Locke and Defoe

A novel written by a 12th-century Arab writer about a boy alone on an island influenced the Daniel Defoe classic ‘Robinson Crusoe.’

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An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court

More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

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