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Jan 25, 2021 - 02:01 pm .- An appeals court last week ruled for a second time against a California church which challenged the state’s rules barring in-person worship services for much of the state, ruling that a total ban on indoor worship services in most areas of the state is justified to block the spread of coronavirus.
Jan 21, 2021 - 02:34 pm .- A proposal made on the last day of the Trump administration would make religious businesses eligible to receive loans from the Small Business Administration, removing previous restrictions.
Jan 13, 2021 - 01:01 pm .- A Christian student seeking symbolic damages against a Georgia college that had restricted the area where he could try to evangelize saw his case go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Jan 11, 2021 - 07:01 pm .- The Supreme Court has given the governor of Nevada eight days to file a response to a church which argued that the state’s COVID-19 protocol was discriminatory against houses of worship.
Dec 18, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Kentucky Christian school’s plea to reopen for in-person learning, upholding a health order from the governor that barred in-person K-12 education in most areas until January.
Dec 16, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled preliminarily that Nevada may not limit attendance at indoor religious services differently than it limits businesses or other gatherings.
Dec 14, 2020 - 03:55 pm .- Nine federal agencies announced Monday a new rule aimed at protecting the First Amendment rights of religiously-affiliated organizations.
Dec 7, 2020 - 04:37 pm .- An order shuttering in-person education until Jan. 4 in Kentucky amid rising COVID-19 cases amounts to religious discrimination, the US Supreme Court has been told in amici curiae briefs.
Nov 18, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- As some states and cities reinstate restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a survey has found that Americans believe places of worship should not be subject to harsher regulations than are businesses.
Oct 12, 2020 - 01:01 pm .- Two federal judges on Friday declined to block new restrictions on public worship in New York City, which both Catholic and Jewish leaders in the city had challenged in court.
Oct 8, 2020 - 02:19 pm .- Members of Congress are supporting a Washington, D.C., Baptist church in its court case against the city’s enforcement of its COVID restrictions on outdoor religious services. 
Oct 1, 2020 - 12:01 pm .- A federal judge on Tuesday denied an injunction sought by a Protestant ministry against Colorado's coronavirus health orders, which limit religious gatherings to 175 persons.
Sep 17, 2020 - 03:25 pm .- The archbishop of San Francisco penned an op-ed in the Washington Post this week citing the First Amendment as he called for city officials to relax the current restrictions on public worship, which are some of the strictest in the country.
Sep 10, 2020 - 02:01 pm .- The US Education Department on Wednesday promulgated rules which formally implement a March executive order from President Donald Trump seeking to ensure that students’ First Amendment rights are protected on college campuses.
Jul 25, 2020 - 11:34 am .- By a 5-4 vote on Friday the Supreme Court upheld Nevada’s coronavirus regulation that limits attendance at indoor religious services to 50 persons.
Jun 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that a “constitutionally dubious” double standard is being applied to religious communities and protestors during a Senate session on Tuesday. 
May 15, 2020 - 11:02 am .- Public health orders to limit the spread of the new coronavirus raise important questions about the U.S. Constitution and religious freedom, and Stanford Law School professor Michael J. McConnell has provided some guidance on these topics.
May 11, 2020 - 05:30 pm .- With Kentucky already set for a limited resumption of religious services May 20, a federal judge has said Gov. Andy Beshear may not enforce an expiring ban on large gatherings to bar religious services that adhere to relevant social distancing and hygiene guidelines aimed to limit spread of the novel coronavirus.
Apr 15, 2020 - 12:01 pm .- Three Southern California ecclesial communities have filed a lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom, alleging that social distancing orders he imposed amid COVID-19 violate their first amendment right to freedom of religion.
Jan 16, 2020 - 03:55 pm .- The White House announced new rules from nine federal agencies Thursday to help ensure that religious groups have equal access to public benefit programs.