Category: Religious Freedom

In Victory for Religious Freedom, Student Will Be Allowed to Wear ‘Jesus Loves Me’ Mask at School

“The principal calls me, and she’s like, ‘We’re going to have to have Lydia swap her mask out,’” Booth recounted, adding that the principal said it was against school policy “to have religious symbols or gestures on her mask.” But upon inspecting the school handbook, Booth says, the only prohibitions the principal could point to referred to “drug culture, profanity, [and] obscenities.”

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Colorado Condemns Jack Phillips For Being A Devout Christian, Again

“Free speech is for everyone. No one should be forced to express a message that violates their core beliefs,” ADF Senior Counsel Jake Warner and Phillips’s lawyer said in a statement. “Over a decade ago, Colorado officials began targeting Jack, misusing state law to force him to say things he does not believe. Then an activist attorney continued that crusade. This cruelty must stop.”

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Philippine bill promoting religious freedom gets House nod

The bill mandates the protection of every person’s right to choose a religion or religious group, the right to exercise or express religious belief, practices, acts or activities, the right to act in accordance with conscience, the right to propagate religious beliefs, the right to disseminate religious publications, the right to religious worship and ceremonies, the right to organizational independence and the right against discrimination in employment.

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Lawsuit Claims Missouri’s Ban on Abortion Violates Freedom of Religion

The abortion lobby has long said that clergy has no business butting into a woman’s decision about her pregnancy. Apparently, things have changed. A coalition of liberal, pro-abortion clergy in Missouri is challenging the constitutionality of that state’s 8-week abortion ban that went into effect because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June 2022 overturning Roe v. Wade. Thirteen religious leaders, represented by the National Women’s Law Center and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, allege in a state court lawsuit that Missouri’s “trigger law,” which passed in 2019 as House Bill 126 (HB 126), and became effective when the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, violates the Missouri Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom. Religious freedom? How does the state’s interest in protecting human life violate anyone’s religious freedom? According to the lawsuit, the Missouri law’s preamble, which invokes God as the ultimate giver of life, transforms the bill into a religious statute that “enshrined religious precepts into law.”

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