Author Archive: ReligiousLiberty.TV

Supreme Court agrees to hear Philadelphia faith-based adoption agency case

Supreme Court of the United States

On February 24, 2020, the Supreme court agreed to hear an appeal brought against the city of Philadelphia by Catholic Social Services (CSS). The city has a standing policy of not referring foster children to CSS because CSS will not certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

 
 

Could a Supreme Court ruling requiring states to give religious schools voucher money kill voucher programs?

Supreme Court of the United States

Harvard Law professor Mark Tushnet argues in an interview published in Harvard Law Today (1/21/2020) that if the Supreme Court requires funding to go to both religious and secular schools, voters might reject voucher programs altogether. 

 
 

Dept. of Education Releases Guidance on Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Schools

Dept. of Education Releases Guidance on Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Schools

Here are the key points of the Dept. of Education's Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Schools.

 
 

Texas judge sues for right to refuse to perform same-sex weddings

Texas judge sues for right to refuse to perform same-sex weddings

Texas Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley has filed a lawsuit against the state agency that sanctioned her last month for refusing to perform same-sex weddings.

 
 

Methodist denomination files suit alleging SMU covertly severed relationship with church

The United Methodist Church, via a regional conference, has sued for injunctive relief, alleging that Southern Methodist University (SMU) "covertly" modified its bylaws to eliminate church control over the 12,000-student Texas institution.

 
 

Bill introduced today seeks to find balance between religious freedom and LBGT rights

Bill introduced today seeks to find balance between religious freedom and LBGT rights

This morning, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) introduced the Fairness for All Act (FFA) to resolve conflicts between the rights of LGBT individuals and the religious liberty rights of individuals.

 
 

Indiana court rules Christian groups lack standing to challenge state RFRA

An Indiana state trial court judge has ruled that the conservative family advocacy groups lack standing to challenge gender identity and sexual orientation exclusions in Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

 
 

Ryan Snow's new book explores how Congress passed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and why it matters

Ryan Snow's new book explores how Congress passed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and why it matters

Attorney Ryan Snow has released a new book that is designed to bring non-lawyers up to date on the most important religious liberty debate facing America. Religious Freedom: What's All the Freedom About recounts the history behind religious freedom laws, and includes an history of how Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, in 1993 – a feat hardly imaginable today.  

 
 

Federal Court: Trump's "Conscience Act" exceeds authority but does not violate the Establishment Clause

Federal Court: Trump's "Conscience Act" exceeds authority but does not violate the Establishment Clause

In a 147-page ruling issued today, New York Federal Judge Paul Engelmayer found that the Trump administration's "conscience act" exceeded the president's authority but did not violate the Establishment Clause. Given its procedural defects, the rule was invalidated in its entirety. 

 
 

Kentucky Court: Hands On Originals case dismissed – LGBTQ+ rights organization lacks standing

Kentucky Court: Hands On Originals case dismissed – LGBTQ+ rights organization lacks standing

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that an organization that sued Hands On Originals ("Hands On"), a t-shirt print company, for discrimination lacked standing as an "individual" to pursue the claim.