Archive for: 2021

Biden administration and Klobuchar bill to restrict freedom of speech online

Biden administration and Klobuchar bill to restrict freedom of speech online

Citing health and safety concerns, Minnesota Senator (and erstwhile presidential candidate) Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill on Thursday, July 22, 2021, dubbed “The Health Misinformation Act of 2021” that would hold tech companies responsible for allowing misinformation about vaccines and other health issues to spread online. In other words, if you say something about COVID-19 or vaccines or anything else that could be seen as “incorrect,” big tech would now have an obligation to censor you.

 
 

High Court hands Catholic Social Services narrowly drafted victory

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The Supreme Court finds for a Catholic foster care service while sidestepping a larger free exercise of religion issue.

 
 

California agrees to stop enforcing restrictions on churches and to pay church attorney fees

California agrees to stop enforcing restrictions on churches and to pay church attorney fees

After a year of litigation, the state of California is ordered to back down and pay the attorney fees of a church that had to defend its civil right to meet.

 
 

California lifts location and attendance limits on churches following Supreme Court ruling

California lifts location and attendance limits on churches following Supreme Court ruling

Following Friday's Supreme Court ruling, California has lifted restrictions on the number of attendees and location of religious services.

 
 

US Supreme Court overturns California restrictions on in-home Bible studies

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In a decision released Friday night, April 9, 2021, the United States Supreme Court has blocked California's COVID-19 restrictions on in-home religious gatherings.  

 
 

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Workplace Religious Accommodation Cases

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Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not be hearing two major workplace religious accommodation cases.

 
 

9th Circuit Refuses to Block California's In-home Bible Study Restrictions

A 9th Circuit 3-judge panel has refused to block a California COVID-19 in-home Bible study restriction imposed by Governor Gavin Newsom.

 
 

LGBTQ+ Students Sue to Eliminate Title IX Religious Exemption

LGBTQ+ Students Sue to Eliminate Title IX Religious Exemption

A group of current and former LGBTQ+ students have sued the U.S. Department of Education to either force their colleges, universities, and seminaries to change their policies or to stop providing federal financial assistance.

 
 

Supreme Court: Calif. restrictions on indoor church meetings unconstitutional

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The Supreme Court slams California restrictions on indoor church services while finding that capacity and singing limitations can stand.

 
 

Free Speech and Social Media Censorship: An Analysis

Free Speech and Social Media Censorship: An Analysis

The guarantee of Free Speech exists next to the religious freedom guarantees in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. These rights often intersect, as the ability to speak according to one’s conscience is innate to almost any conscientious belief system in existence. To apply restrictions to speech would also be applying restrictions to the exercise of religion.