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A Concept in Common: Are Sunday Blue Laws Making a Comeback?

A Concept in Common: Are Sunday Blue Laws Making a Comeback?

While actual blue laws that specifically prohibit things like Sunday hunting may be disappearing from the books, there is an undeniable movement afoot to reintroduce the concept of a common day of rest in ways that appeal to people across the political divide.

 
 

Explainer: Supreme Court’s OSHA and HHS Vaccine Mandate Decisions

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Both the OSHA and HHS vaccine mandates provided for religious accommodation which would be enforced through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Without a Federal OSHA requirement, RFRA may only apply to HHS cases.

 
 

Court refuses to block Maine mandate that allows medical but not religious exemptions

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The United States Supreme Court refused to issue a preliminary injunction to temporarily block a Maine rule requiring certain healthcare workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine or lose their jobs or medical practices, allowing for medical but not religious exemptions.

 
 

Court to consider tax funding of religious schools, pre-viability abortion ban, and clergy activity at executions

Court to consider tax funding of religious schools, pre-viability abortion ban, and clergy activity at executions

This term, the Supreme Court will be revisiting the issue of whether states must fund religious schools, whether clergy members can say prayers during executions of inmates, and whether a state can ban abortion before viability. The following is a brief summary and analysis of the cases. 

 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

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

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

 
 

LA County recognizes churches are constitutionally exempt from stay-at-home order

LA County recognizes churches are constitutionally exempt from stay-at-home order

The language of the new Los Angeles COVID restriction specifically exempts religious gatherings as a matter of constitutional right.  

 
 

Court blocks New York Governor’s COVID Restrictions on Religious Congregations

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In a major victory for religious congregations, delivered late on Thanksgiving Eve, the United States Supreme Court blocked the state of New York from implementing gathering restrictions that the Court ruled discriminate against religious congregations.