Posts Tagged:first amendment

Catholic School Wins Religious Freedom Victory in Indiana

A Chicago federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that Roncalli Catholic High School in Indianapolis was within its First Amendment rights to dismiss a guidance counselor who had entered a public “same-sex marriage” in defiance of Catholic teachings. The court dismissed a lawsuit brought by the former school employee, who accused the school of violating…Read More

Supreme Court Rules Maine Cannot Exclude Religious Schools from Tuition-Assistance Program

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that it is unconstitutional for Maine to exclude religious schools from a program that provides tuition assistance for students to attend private schools. The Court, in a 6-3 ruling in Carson v. Makin, found that the program violates the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The program requires…Read More

Oral Arguments at Supreme Court Offer Glimmer of Hope for Praying Coach in First Amendment Case Against School District

In 2008, when coach Joseph Kennedy knelt in silent prayer at the 50-yard line of the Bremerton High School football field after a game, he likely never anticipated his subsequent firing would take him all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And it’s been a long journey, to say the least. First Liberty Institute,…Read More

“Op-Ed: Don’t Say Catholic”

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction violated the First Amendment when he withheld transportation benefits from an independent Catholic school unless it agreed not to call itself “Catholic.” Who was the state superintendent who violated state law at…Read More

The Supreme Court Has Another Chance to Save the First Amendment

Simply because a person engages in a commercial interaction doesn’t give that person the right to compel others to say things that violate their conscience. If it does, then the First Amendment is useless. Colorado is notorious for manipulating public-accommodation laws to coerce speech and punish thought crimes. The state’s most famous victim is Jack…Read More

Lankford slams Biden admin’s memo moving to undo religious liberty protections: ‘Disregard’ for Americans

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. said Wednesday that a recent memo from the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department showed the Biden administration’s disregard for Americans’ First Amendment rights. His comments came on the same day that Fox News reported on HHS’ effort to rescind Trump-era measures for beefing up religious liberty protections. “The memo is…Read More

Oklahoma AG Joins 17 States to Condemn DOJ Targeting School Board Meetings

The attorneys general of 17 U.S. states have formed a coalition denouncing the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI for attempting to “chill lawful dissent by parents voiced during local school board meetings.” Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and 16 other state chief legal officers signed a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday, blasting…Read More

Court: Vermont can’t exclude Catholic school student from college tuition program

A federal court of appeals has sided with a Catholic high school student who challenged a State of Vermont policy that excludes students at private religious secondary schools from a no-cost college credit program. “Today’s decision levels the playing field by ensuring that Vermont parents and students who have chosen a faith-based education can enjoy…Read More

Gov. Kevin Stitt announces new COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, youth sports

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday announced new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In a news conference at the state Capitol, Stitt detailed new limits on public gatherings and indoor sporting events. Public gatherings, including weddings, funerals and holiday parties at event centers, will be limited to 50% capacity. Churches will be exempt from…Read More