“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.
- John MacArthur’s Church to Receive $800K COVID-19 SettlementAhead of the legal payments, the California pastor acknowledged that he and others contracted the virus last winter.
- 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.
- Christian Baker Sued Again for Refusing to Bake a CakeMasterpiece Cakeshop owner is now in a legal battle with a customer who put in an order to celebrate her gender transition.
- Gordon College Settles with Professor It Said Was a MinisterState judge says the school’s legal strategy was a mistake.
- Court Dismisses LGBT Anti-Discrimination Lawsuit Against Fuller SeminaryThe California school can uphold its sexual standards policy under a religious exemption to Title IX regulations.
- 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.
- Praying Football Coach Wins at Supreme CourtConservative majority says Washington school was wrong to worry about “excessive entanglement” between church and state.
- Supreme Court: Peace Cross Gets to Stay, But Not Because It’s ‘Secular’Update: The memorial is a Christian symbol—but also more than that.
- Supreme Court Blocks New York’s Worship Service RestrictionsUpdate: Colorado and New Jersey also ordered to reexamine attendance limits at indoor worship.