Archive for: 2020

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.

 
 

Supreme Court declines to hear Sabbath accommodation case

Darrell Patterson

The Supreme court has decided against hearing a workplace accommodation case involving a Seventh-day Adventist, but hints that it may revisit employer accommodation standards in the future. 

 
 

Judge dismisses pension funding case against religious hospital chain

This decision is a good primer on the actual harm element requirement needed in order to have standing in Federal Court.

 
 

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.

 
 

"So help me God" and the jury – 11th Circuit rules juror who claimed "divine revelation" properly dismissed

"So help me God" and the jury – 11th Circuit rules juror who claimed "divine revelation" properly dismissed

When jurors are selected for trial in Federal court, they are asked to adopt the phrase "so help me God." What happens when they take that oath too seriously?