“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Though a 2012 First Amendment Center survey noted that a majority of Americans identify that the First Amendment contains the freedom of speech, only about a quarter remembered its provision for freedom of religion. Simultaneously protecting religious freedom in America and complicating church-state relations, the right to religious freedom grounds debates over a range of issues, from religion in public schools to corporate expressions of free exercise.
- Chicago Settles $205K Case to Allow Evangelism in Millennium ParkAfter security stopped Wheaton College students from sharing their faith, a federal lawsuit forced the city to change its speech rules.
- Gordon College Settles with Professor It Said Was a MinisterState judge says the school’s legal strategy was a mistake.
- California Baker Sued for Discrimination Wins Free Speech CaseAhead of another Supreme Court case over same-sex wedding clients, judge defends cake-maker’s First Amendment rights.
- Praying Football Coach Wins at Supreme CourtConservative majority says Washington school was wrong to worry about “excessive entanglement” between church and state.
- Supreme Court Rules Against Maine Policy Denying Christian School AidUpdate: Justices say that exempting religious schools amounts to discrimination.
- First Pastor to Defy COVID-19 Lockdowns Wins in CourtFollowing several earlier decisions siding with religious groups, the leader of a Oneness Pentecostal congregation in Louisiana declares, “Devil, you just got dethroned.”
- Why Tennessee Is Just Now Looking at Lifting a Ban on Clergy in the LegislatureA Presbyterian was burnt in effigy, a Methodist was shot in the leg, and that’s just the start of the story of this constitutional prohibition.
- Supreme Court: Boston Should Have Let the Christian Flag FlyIn a unanimous ruling, justices agree the city violated the First Amendment by keeping religious views out of a space being used as a public forum.
- Can a Christian Flag Fly Outside Boston’s City Hall?The free speech question considered by the Supreme Court this week may hinge on whether the pole counts as a public forum.
- Supreme Court to Debate Football Coach’s PrayersDid kneeling at the 50-yard line violate the First Amendment? Or did a school’s attempt to stop it violate the First Amendment?