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

Court reinstates Virginia teacher suspended over transgender pronoun policy

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

California churches sue governor to allow public worship services amid coronavirus

Three Southern California ecclesial communities have filed a lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom, alleging that social distancing orders he imposed... Read more