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Brief argues Virginia court was right to uphold teacher's rights over pronoun policy

Jul 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

Tanner Cross, a Virginia Elementary School teacher, filed a brief in the Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday in response to... Read more

June 4 rally in support of Tanner Cross, Loudoun County, Virginia

Court reinstates Virginia teacher suspended over transgender pronoun policy

Jun 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

A county court on Tuesday ruled that a Virginia teacher suspended for opposing a school transgender pronoun policy must be... Read more

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Catholic group denied permit for St. Pio chapel sues Michigan town

Jun 4, 2021

A Catholic organization is suing a Michigan township after it was denied permission to build a chapel and prayer trail... Read more

The flag of California.

Appeals court rules on California churches that challenged Covid restrictions

Jan 25, 2021

An appeals court last week ruled for a second time against a California church which challenged the state’s rules barring... Read more

Trump admin proposal a last-ditch effort to offer religious groups SBA loans

Jan 21, 2021

A proposal made on the last day of the Trump administration would make religious businesses eligible to receive loans from... Read more

Chike Uzuegbunam outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom.

Supreme Court debates whether college's free speech violation merits symbolic damages

Jan 13, 2021

A Christian student seeking symbolic damages against a Georgia college that had restricted the area where he could try to... Read more

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Citing timing, SCOTUS declines to allow in-person learning to resume in Kentucky

Dec 18, 2020

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Kentucky Christian school’s plea to reopen for in-person learning, upholding a health order... Read more

Appeals court strikes down Nevada's coronavirus rules for houses of worship

Dec 16, 2020

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled preliminarily that Nevada may not limit attendance at indoor religious services differently than... Read more

US cabinet departments adopt rule protecting organizations' religious freedom rights

Dec 14, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Nine federal agencies announced Monday a new rule aimed at protecting the First Amendment rights of religiously-affiliated organizations.  Read more

US Supreme Court urged to protect KY religious schools from shutdown

Dec 7, 2020

An order shuttering in-person education until Jan. 4 in Kentucky amid rising COVID-19 cases amounts to religious discrimination, the US... Read more

Treat churches like businesses during lockdowns, Americans say

Nov 18, 2020

As some states and cities reinstate restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a survey has found that... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, NYC.

Federal judges decline to block New York worship restrictions

Oct 12, 2020

Two federal judges on Friday declined to block new restrictions on public worship in New York City, which both Catholic... Read more

Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Senators support DC church's suit against discriminatory coronavirus restrictions

Oct 8, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Members of Congress are supporting a Washington, D.C., Baptist church in its court case against the city’s enforcement of its... Read more

The Colorado State Capitol.

Judge upholds Colorado's coronavirus limits on religious gatherings

Oct 1, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday denied an injunction sought by a Protestant ministry against Colorado's coronavirus health orders, which limit... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

San Francisco archbishop: Worshipers should be treated equally during the pandemic

Sep 17, 2020

The archbishop of San Francisco penned an op-ed in the Washington Post this week citing the First Amendment as he... Read more

Trump administration to implement free speech rules for colleges

Sep 10, 2020

The US Education Department on Wednesday promulgated rules which formally implement a March executive order from President Donald Trump seeking... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

US Supreme Court upholds Nevada's coronavirus rules for houses of worship

Jul 25, 2020

By a 5-4 vote on Friday the Supreme Court upheld Nevada’s coronavirus regulation that limits attendance at indoor religious services... Read more

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, 2014.

Sen. McConnell condemns First Amendment 'double standard' for churches

Jun 9, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that a “constitutionally dubious” double standard is being applied to religious communities and protestors... Read more

Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces says Mass April 9, 2020.

Former judge: coronavirus restrictions have a place, but religion is 'essential'

May 15, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Public health orders to limit the spread of the new coronavirus raise important questions about the U.S. Constitution and religious... Read more

Federal judge blocks Kentucky governor's soon-to-expire ban on religious services

May 11, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

With Kentucky already set for a limited resumption of religious services May 20, a federal judge has said Gov. Andy... Read more