Supreme Court Sides With Coach Over Prayers on 50-Yard Line

Joseph Kennedy, a former high school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., had a constitutional right to pray on the field after his team’s games, the justices ruled.

#bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

Maine’s End Run Around the Supreme Court Is an Example for Other States

The move in a religion case offers hope to those worried about the dominance of the court’s conservative majority.

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A Pro-Religion Court

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

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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.

#americans-united-for-separation-of-church-and-state, #bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #football, #freedom-of-religion, #interscholastic-athletics, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-state-relations, #school-boards, #supreme-court-us

Who Will France’s Muslims Choose for President?

In Sunday’s decisive runoff election, they have a distasteful choice between Macron and Le Pen. They won’t necessarily back Macron.

#elections, #france, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #melenchon-jean-luc, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-state-relations

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.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #freedom-of-religion, #india, #karnataka-india, #muslim-veiling, #religion-state-relations

Vladimir Putin Has Revived ‘The West.’ Is That a Good Thing?

A clash of civilizations is never a good idea.

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Build a New City or New Humans? A Utopia in India Fights Over Future.

Backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new leadership of Auroville, an experimental commune, wants to create a model city. In the way stand trees, tree houses and a take-it-slow tradition.

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No Hijabs for Now, Indian Court Tells Muslim Students

In a dispute that’s become a flash point over minority rights, students are told to avoid religious garments of all kinds, pending a ruling on whether schools can ban head scarves.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #dress-codes, #education-k-12, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #karnataka-india, #modi-narendra, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

Tennessee Couple Says Adoption Agency Turned Them Away for Being Jewish

Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram are plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming that state funding of a child-placing agency that discriminates based on religion is unconstitutional.

#adoptions, #americans-united-for-separation-of-church-and-state, #discrimination, #holston-united-methodist-home-for-children-inc, #jews-and-judaism, #religion-state-relations, #rutan-ram-elizabeth, #rutan-ram-gabriel, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tennessee

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.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hallward-driemeier-douglas, #kagan-elena, #religion-state-relations, #united-states

Can Politics Save Christianity?

Why the power of belief, not political imposition, is the key to Christian renewal.

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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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A Public Flagpole, a Christian Flag and the First Amendment

The Supreme Court will decide whether Boston, which allows many kinds of groups to raise flags outside its City Hall, can reject one bearing the Latin cross.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #boston-mass, #camp-constitution, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #religion-state-relations, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

French Clerical Abuse Report Puts Spotlight on Confession

In rare instances, it noted, the secrecy around the sacrament had been used to cover up abuse cases, again raising issues of whether church or state law should prevail.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #france, #politics-and-government, #priests, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Traveling Through a Divided Israel

Two Times journalists drive the length of Israel to discover what it means to be Israeli today. They meet a kaleidoscope of people, searching for belonging but far apart on how to find it.

#anti-semitism, #arabs, #bedouins, #ben-gurion-david, #bethlehem-west-bank, #discrimination, #east-jerusalem, #eilat-israel, #haifa-israel, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #kibbutz-movement, #middle-east, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #red-sea, #religion-state-relations, #sea-of-galilee-israel, #tel-aviv-israel, #zionism

A Year Later, a Schoolteacher’s Beheading Still Haunts France

The killing of Samuel Paty by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee intensified debate over security and immigration, and prompted intense scrutiny of the French secular model.

#france, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

Sexual Abuse Revelations Accelerate Sense of a French Church in Retreat

The abuse of more than 200,000 minors by clergy over the past seven decades has shaken the nation and what was once a pillar of French society.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #france, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

What Sandra Day O’Connor Stood For on the Supreme Court

Forty years after her appointment as the court’s first female justice, it’s worth reflecting on the path she took.

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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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Legislating in the Name of God

Republican officeholders are no longer coy about their religion-driven mission to stop abortion.

#abortion, #alabama, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuomo-mario-m, #houston-tex, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #law-and-legislation, #mexico, #mississippi, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-court-of-mexico, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Want to Enhance Civil Liberties? Embrace Vaccine Mandates.

They protect the most vulnerable among us.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #freedom-of-religion, #masks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #religion-state-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization

This Is How Theocracy Shrivels

Radical ideas that once made Islamist extremism seem galvanizing have lost their luster.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

The French and Indian War and U.S. History’s Complexities

What the French and Indian War suggests about our own history wars.

#braddock-edward-1695-1755, #christians-and-christianity, #cooper-james-fenimore, #great-lakes, #native-americans, #north-america, #religion-state-relations, #revolutionary-war-american-1775-83, #roman-catholic-church, #taylor-alan-shaw-1955, #united-states, #washington-george-1732-99

In France’s Military, Muslims Find a Tolerance That Is Elusive Elsewhere

In a nation wary of the growth of Islam, France’s military has embraced and integrated its Muslim soldiers by facilitating their religious practice.

#defense-and-military-forces, #discrimination, #france, #lebanon, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

Vatican Expresses Deep Reservations Over Gay Rights Bill in Italy

The move prompted cries of political meddling from liberal politicians and gestures of gratitude from conservatives. A church historian called it “an unprecedented act.”

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #draghi-mario, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #italy, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

How to Have the Hard Vaccination Conversations

Asking someone if they’ve had a Covid shot can be tricky. Here’s how to navigate the new norms of health disclosure.

#child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #parenting, #religion-state-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization

Trappes est-elle, un ‘territoire perdu de la République’?

À Trappes, un âpre combat oppose le maire à un enseignant qui affirme que la ville est aux mains des islamistes. Leur conflit attise le débat national sur l’identité française.

#content-type-personal-profile, #education-secondary, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #lemaire-didier, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #rabeh-ali, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism, #trappes-france

The Mayor, the Teacher and a Fight over a ‘Lost Territory’ of France

A battle erupted after a high-school teacher said that Islamists had taken over the city of Trappes, a view vigorously countered by the mayor, sharpening a national debate over French identity.

#content-type-personal-profile, #education-secondary, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #lemaire-didier, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #rabeh-ali, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism, #trappes-france

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.

#alabama, #children-and-childhood, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #gray-jeremy-1985, #ivey-kay, #language-and-languages, #law-and-legislation, #religion-state-relations, #state-legislatures, #yoga

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.

#freedom-of-religion, #legault-francois, #minorities, #muslim-veiling, #quebec-province-canada, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

The Supreme Court Is Making New Law in the Shadows

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

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-state-relations, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #gorsuch-neil-m, #jehovahs-witnesses, #kethledge-raymond-m-1966, #marshall-thurgood, #paid-time-off, #religion-state-relations, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thapar-amul-r, #thomas-clarence, #united-states

Building a Mosque in France, Never Easy, May Get Even Harder

The country’s principle of secularism has long disadvantaged Muslim communities, experts say, and President Emmanuel Macron’s new law against Islamism could deepen the disparities.

#france, #law-and-legislation, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

Republicans Have an Ambitious Agenda for the Supreme Court

Why the G.O.P. doesn’t need to try to pass mostly unpopular policies through the elected branches.

#regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

Heating Up Culture Wars, France to Scour Universities for Ideas That ‘Corrupt Society’

The government announced an investigation into social science research, broadening attacks on what it sees as destabilizing American influences.

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #colonization, #discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #women-and-girls

French National Assembly Backs Law to Combat Islamist Extremism

The bill faced hundreds of amendments but passed comfortably, despite opposition from left and right. It now goes to the Senate for final approval.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-state-relations

France, Islam and ‘Laïcité’

After the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb, the debate over the relationship between government and religion is raging again.

#france, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations

Fear Spreads in Minnesota Town as ‘Extremist Group’ Moves to Open Church

Many residents of Murdock, Minn., said they were horrified that an organization condemned by watchdogs as a white supremacist hate group would open a church. City leaders said they had little choice but to grant a permit.

#asatru-folk-assembly, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #local-government, #murdock-minn, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #whites, #zoning

An Embattled Public Servant in a Fractured France

Nicolas Cadène sees the failings of France’s secular model even as he upholds it.

#discrimination, #france, #freedom-of-religion, #laicite, #muslims-and-islam, #nicolas-cadene, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations

Macron, Once a Darling of Liberals, Shows a New Face as Elections Near

A centrist straddling France’s traditional political divide, President Emmanuel Macron now chases voters on the right and has alienated some supporters and members of his own party.

#france, #la-republique-en-marche, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #yellow-vests-movement

France Takes On Islamist Extremism With New Bill

The French government says draft legislation aimed at combating the extremist ideology that has taken many lives on French soil in recent years is a “law of freedom” necessary for peaceful coexistence.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations

Responding to Terrorism in France

President Emmanuel Macron and others there have been angered by outside criticism.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

Cuomo Attacks Supreme Court’s Emboldened Majority Over Virus Ruling

“You have a different court, and I think that was the statement the court was making,” the governor said after a 5-4 decision barring restrictions on religious services.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dimarzio-nicholas-a, #disease-rates, #new-york-state, #places-of-worship, #queens-nyc, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional

Macron’s Rightward Tilt in France Sows Wider Alarm

One bill would reach into Muslim life, and another would place new restrictions on filming of police. Critics say they’re part of a drift toward repressive government policies.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #en-marche-france, #france, #freedom-of-the-press, #internal-storyline-no, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

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

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

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

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