Appeals Court Upholds Pa. Prayer Policy Preventing Atheists From Presenting House Invocation

Appeals Court Upholds Pa. Prayer Policy Preventing Atheists From Presenting House Invocation

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed atheists to present invocations before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “A group of non-theists have challenged the theists-only policy under the Establishment, Free Exercise, Free Speech, and Equal Protection Clauses of our Constitution. As to the Establishment Clause, […]

Appeals Court Unanimously Rules Christian Cross on Pa. County’s Official Seal Does Not Violate Constitution

Appeals Court Unanimously Rules Christian Cross on Pa. County’s Official Seal Does Not Violate Constitution

PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that a Christian cross included on a Pennsylvania county’s official seal does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, pointing to a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that allowed a cross veterans monument to remain on public property. “The Establishment […]

‘What Do We Expect?’ Texas Lt. Gov. Laments Nation’s Eviction of God in Reflecting on El Paso Massacre

‘What Do We Expect?’ Texas Lt. Gov. Laments Nation’s Eviction of God in Reflecting on El Paso Massacre

AUSTIN, Texas — In speaking with Fox & Friends on Sunday in sharing his thoughts about the El Paso Walmart shooting on Saturday, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick noted that the nation has compartmentalized God, isolating Him to the church and kicking Him out of the public square. “As long as we continue to only […]

SC City’s Police Prayer Monument to Be Restored Along With Word ‘Lord’ But Without Scripture Citation

SC City’s Police Prayer Monument to Be Restored Along With Word ‘Lord’ But Without Scripture Citation

TEGA CAY, S.C. — A city in South Carolina has decided to return a monument meant to honor fallen police officers after it was initially removed due to controversy over the prayer inscribed on the back. A Bible citation on the front of the stone, however, will not be included on the reinstated monument. “After […]

Judge Rules South Carolina School District May Not Formally Present Prayers, Religious Music at Graduation

Judge Rules South Carolina School District May Not Formally Present Prayers, Religious Music at Graduation

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has ruled that a South Carolina school district may not formally present student prayers during graduation ceremonies, nor may it use religious music for the event. “The district shall not include a prayer – whether referred to as a prayer, blessing, invocation, […]

South Carolina City Removes Monument Featuring Prayer for Police Following Controversy

South Carolina City Removes Monument Featuring Prayer for Police Following Controversy

TEGA CAY, S.C. — A city in South Carolina has removed a monument that featured a prayer for police officers after local residents complained, citing the “separation of Church and State,” and others were saddened that officials plastered over the word “Lord” so as to appease opponents. “We have received many comments, both locally and […]

Veterans Administration Updates Policy to Protect Inclusion of Religious Elements in Publicly Viewable Displays

Veterans Administration Updates Policy to Protect Inclusion of Religious Elements in Publicly Viewable Displays

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently updated its policies surrounding the use of religious elements in publicly viewable displays in VA facilities nationwide in order to ensure that religious freedom is protected. “We want to make sure that all of our veterans and their families feel welcome at VA, no matter […]

Group Denied Request to Fly Christian Flag During Event Recognizing Boston’s Christian Heritage Refiles Suit

Group Denied Request to Fly Christian Flag During Event Recognizing Boston’s Christian Heritage Refiles Suit

BOSTON — A Boston-based group that sought to fly the Christian flag outside city hall during an event celebrating the religious history of the city and the contributions made by Christians has again filed a lawsuit against officials for denying their request. Camp Constitution says that the City of Boston approved 284 other temporary flags, including […]

Appeals Court Rules County Commissioners Can’t Exclude Some Religions From Presenting Invocations

Appeals Court Rules County Commissioners Can’t Exclude Some Religions From Presenting Invocations

ATLANTA — The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia has ruled that commissioners for one county in Florida were violating the Establishment Clause by “picking and choosing which religions to invite and which to reject” for the invocation presented at the start of each public meeting, and by preferring Christianity “to the exclusion of […]

Religious Liberties Legal Group Asks School District to Restore Ten Commandments Plaque to Middle School Wall

Religious Liberties Legal Group Asks School District to Restore Ten Commandments Plaque to Middle School Wall

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — A Texas-based religious liberties organization has asked a school district in Ohio to restore a Ten Commandments plaque to a middle school wall after learning that the Decalogue display was removed following a complaint from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). “[I]n light of a recent decision by the Supreme […]