France’s Dragnet for Extremists Sweeps Up Some Schoolchildren, Too

When France held a tribute to a teacher killed after a class on freedom of expression, the police interrogated at least 14 students over comments flagged as inappropriate.

#children-and-childhood, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

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Trump or No Trump, Religious Authoritarianism Is Here to Stay

Their unlikely ally may have lost the White House, but Christian nationalists still plan to win the war.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #evangelical-movement, #faith-and-freedom-coalition, #family-research-council, #freedom-of-religion, #income-inequality, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reed-ralph-e-jr, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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The President vs. the American Media

After terrorist attacks, France’s leader accuses the English-language media of “legitimizing this violence.”

#censorship, #discrimination, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #news-and-news-media, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

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A Way for the Supreme Court to Protect Religious Minorities

The justices have an opportunity to overturn a precedent that has hurt Americans’ First Amendment rights.

#constitution-us, #law-and-legislation, #philadelphia-pa, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

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Is France Fueling Muslim Terrorism by Trying to Prevent It?

Emmanuel Macron’s government may unwittingly be breeding the kind of communalism it wants to ward off.

#discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #secularism, #terrorism

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A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher has raised doubts about whether that model still works.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #education-k-12, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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With Barrett Nomination, a D.C. Conservative Power Couple Nears Its Dream

Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and Roger Severino, a senior health and human services official, have worked to reshape social policy and the courts they need to uphold it.

#barrett-amy-coney, #conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federalist-society, #freedom-of-religion, #judicial-crisis-network, #religion-state-relations, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #severino-carrie, #severino-roger, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Do Cuomo’s New Covid Rules Discriminate Against Religion?

I almost always side with protecting houses of worship. But there are limits.

#agudath-israel-of-america, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #new-york-city, #religion-state-relations

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The Right’s Relentless Supreme Court Justice Picking Machine

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination is the fruit of decades of activity by a tightly organized network.

#conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #liberalism-us-politics, #religion-state-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Supreme Court’s Religious Wing Takes on Covid-19 Restrictions

The fight over limits on church attendance divides the justices.

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Erdogan Reopens Turkey’s Hagia Sophia as a Mosque

The Muslim faithful celebrated the decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, even as it generated dismay among Christians and architectural conservators.

#byzantine-civilization, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #istanbul-turkey, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #ottoman-empire, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations

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John Roberts’s Triumphant Supreme Court Term

Among them: Religion got a place at the public table long reserved for secular society.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #little-sisters-of-the-poor, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us

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Supreme Court Lets Employers Opt Out of Providing Free Birth Control

The justices upheld regulations from the Trump administration that allowed employers with religious objections to decline to provide contraception coverage.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #hobby-lobby-stores-inc, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

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Job Bias Laws Do Not Protect Teachers in Catholic Schools, Supreme Court Rules

The case was the court’s latest consideration of the relationship between the government and religion.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #decisions-and-verdicts, #education-k-12, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits on State Aid to Religious Schools

The case was the court’s latest on whether the Constitution allows the states to exclude religious groups from government programs.

#constitution-us, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #missouri, #montana, #playgrounds, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #stillwater-christian-school

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Pompeo’s Human Rights Panel Could Hurt L.G.B.T. and Women’s Rights, Critics Say

Human rights observers warn the document could be a tool to advance Mr. Pompeo’s religious beliefs and political aspirations, and not women’s and L.G.B.T.Q. rights.

#george-robert-p, #glendon-mary-ann, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #pompeo-mike, #religion-state-relations, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-rights

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The Walls of the Church Couldn’t Keep the Trump Era Out

The young pastor wasn’t sure his congregation would like what he had to say and had no idea where it would lead all of them. He found himself at a crossroads of God, Alabama and Donald Trump.

#alabama, #christians-and-christianity, #cooperative-baptist-fellowship, #flynt-wayne-1940, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-state-relations, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j

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Conservative Christians See ‘Seismic Implications’ in Supreme Court Ruling

A ruling that protects the rights of gay and transgender workers could impact how conservative groups operate their own institutions.

#christians-and-christianity, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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The Constitutional Separation of Church and State Faces Demise

The government is allowing federal pandemic aid to pay for clergy salaries, something that once would have been unthinkable.

#clergy, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-taxes-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-state-relations, #small-business

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The Supreme Court, Too, Is on the Brink

The polarization roiling the country has the Supreme Court in its grip.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #california, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #freedom-of-religion, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j

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Supreme Court, in 5-4 Decision, Rejects Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Order

A California church argued that restrictions on public gatherings treated houses of worship worse than many businesses.

#constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #newsom-gavin, #quarantines, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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The Supreme Court Hears Two Important Religion Cases

Two recent cases on religion are about more than the tales they tell.

#becket-fund-for-religious-liberty, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #constitution-us, #freedom-of-religion, #little-sisters-of-the-poor, #nuns, #obama-barack, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

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Supreme Court Takes On Employment Bias at Religious Schools

The cases are the latest in a series the court has had before it considering the relationship between church and state.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #california, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #equal-employment-opportunity-commission, #freedom-of-religion, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #gorsuch-neil-m, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us

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A Conservative Agenda Unleashed on the Federal Courts

President Trump’s imprint on the nation’s appeals courts has been swift and historic. He has named judges with records on a range of issues important to Republicans — and to his re-election.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #barrett-amy-coney, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #gorsuch-neil-m, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #immigration-and-emigration, #katsas-gregory-g, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #mcconnell-mitch, #menashi-steven-j, #rao-neomi, #religion-state-relations, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #thapar-amul-r, #trump-donald-j, #willett-don-r

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