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First Amendment - Latest News
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.
Nov 27, 2019 - 11:30 am .- The United States Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a statement of interest in support of a Christian school in Maryland that says it was banned from a voucher program due to its religious beliefs.
Nov 19, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- A federal district court judge on Thursday denied Maryland's motion to dismiss a suit by a Christian school against the state superintendent of schools. The school complains it was barred from a voucher program because of its religious beliefs.
Jul 11, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- A teacher at a Catholic school in South Carolina whose contract was not renewed because of her posts on Facebook in support of abortion rights is now suing the school, claiming that her First Amendment rights have been violated.
Jun 30, 2019 - 06:01 am .- In the wake of recent controversies over teacher hiring, and firing, at religious schools, CNA spoke with professor Rick Garnett from Notre Dame Law School to discuss the future of religious liberty.
May 24, 2019 - 09:38 am .- State senators in California have voted to approve a law that would require priests to violate the seal of confession. Senate Bill 360 passed Thursday by an overwhelming margin, with legislators voting 30-2 in favor of the measure.
Mar 19, 2019 - 05:02 pm .- The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld tax-free housing allowances for clergy, a decision welcomed by pastors, religious organizations, and others who say the allowances make their ministries affordable and strengthen limits on the ability of government policy to interfere with clergy.
Nov 27, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion to intervene after lawyers from the Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the IRS, arguing that churches should not be exempt from having to file tax returns and other forms with the IRS.
Jul 31, 2018 - 03:01 pm .- The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was within its rights to ban the Archdiocese of Washington’s religious-themed advertisements, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday.
May 8, 2018 - 04:54 pm .- A 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision has given new life to New Mexico backers of state funding for private school textbooks, as their case returns to the state Supreme Court.
Jan 5, 2018 - 04:56 pm .- An appellate court struck down a Baltimore city ordinance Friday, ruling that the city's pro-life pregnancy centers would not be forced to display in their waiting areas information relating to abortion services.
Dec 5, 2017 - 03:35 pm .- A Colorado baker’s right to express himself through artwork – edible artwork– lies at the center of today’s Supreme Court arguments, say lawyers for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, Jack Phillips.
Jul 14, 2015 - 03:02 am .- A few months ago, Erin McCroy was walking the streets of Denver with Murphy, a 20-something missionary with Christ in the City, an outreach for people who are homeless.
Sep 28, 2014 - 06:02 am .- Local government restrictions in Gilbert, Arizona are threatening the protection of religious speech by limiting signs promoting houses of worship while allowing political, ideological, and noncommercial signs to stand without the same restriction.
Apr 8, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- A federal appeals court has upheld a New York City policy prohibiting religious services in public school buildings, a decision critics said wrongly targets churches for exclusion.

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