Free Exercise

High Court hands Catholic Social Services narrowly drafted victory

Supreme Court of the United States

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

 
 

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

Supreme Court of the United States

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.  

 
 

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.

 
 

Court unanimously finds RFRA plaintiffs can sue FBI agents for money damages

Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that plaintiffs whose religious rights were violated can sue government employees individually for monetary damages.

 
 

Satanic Temple claims abortion is a religious ritual protected by the Free Exercise clause

Picture of a baby in the belly of her mother

The Satanic Temple is asserting a free exercise right to abortion as a religious ritual in lawsuits against the state of Missouri and against a Louisiana advertising agency.

 
 

LA County fails bid to shut down church and must prove why free exercise rights should be infringed

John MacArthur - Grace Community Church

Los Angeles County lost another battle in its bid to stop Grace Community Church from meeting indoors today. Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff found that, contrary to the County's representation, the Sun Valley megachurch led by Pastor John MacArthur did not violate any court order because no court order prohibited the congregation from meeting indoors.

 
 

Two Southern California Judges Refuse to Shut Down Churches This Weekend

John MacArthur - Grace Community Church

With outdoor temperatures expected to pass the 100-degree mark, two Los Angeles area judges have given local churches some comforting news.

 
 

Ventura County Sues to Stop Church from Meeting Indoors

Pastor Bob McCoy - Godspeak Calvary Chapel - Newbury Park, CA speaking on YouTube 8/5/2020.

On August 2, 2020, the church again met indoors and Pastor McCoy said he was "willing to go to jail" and "willing for them to take our building" rather than comply with the state and local orders.

 
 

Supreme Court: Religious schools immune from teachers' discrimination claims

Supreme Court of the United States

The ethical and moral onus is now on religious institutions as they decide whether to fire "ministerial" employees for reasons illegal in the secular world, such as age or the need for cancer treatment. Institutions engaging in this kind of discriminatory tactic will still need to answer to a Higher Source who will not be impressed with their ability to obtain summary judgment. The way for religious institutions to "win" these cases is to avoid them in the first place by taking the lead in treating employees with the highest degree of care and concern.