Freedom of Religion

The First Amendment to the Constitution protects freedom of religion by banning Congress from passing any law respecting an establishment of religion and from prohibiting people from freely exercising their religion. The Supreme Court has applied these limits to state governments through the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Army Approves ‘Humanist’ As Religion Preference
Source: Religionnews.com
Date: 4/22/14

College Admission Denied Because of Applicant’s Christian Faith
Date: 4/22/14
Source: Reuters

Ebenezer Baptist Church Condemns Georgia Gun Carry Law
Date: 4/21/14
Source: WXIA

Crosses displayed in eastern Ohio village challenged
Date: 4/16/14
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Clemson football accused of pushing Christianity on players
Date: 4/15/14
Source: TheState.com

Settlement sought in free speech case by Christian student at TNCC
Date: 4/15/14
Source: Daily Press

Church-state separation put to the test in Ky.
Date: 4/15/14
Source: The Leaf Chronicle

Business response to religious freedom bill surges statewide
Date: 4/11/14
Source: Clarion Ledger

Bill to name the Bible as Louisiana state book passes committee
Date: 4/11/14
Source: WAFB.com

SC House panel advances to protect schools over winter holiday displays
Date: 4/10/14
Source: GoUpstate.com

D.C. group weighs in on church for graduation
Date: 4/9/14
Source: Toledo Blade

Justices reject review of case concerning religious liberty in the marketplace
Date: 4/7/14
Source: CNN

Miss. governor signs religious freedom bill; civil rights groups dismayed
Date: 4/4/14
Source: Los Angeles Times

High Schools Move Forward With Concert After ACLU Complaint
Date: 12/4/13
Source: The Flathead Beacon

ACLU threatens Lebanon schools for religious class
Date: 12/5/13
Source: Cincinnati.com

Activist Wants Governor to Add Festivus Pole Next to Manger
Date: 12/4/13
Source: Tamarac Talk

Bill aims to let praying, Jesus back in Ohio schools
Date: 12/5/13
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Case of bakery shop owner refusing to do business with gay couple ends up in court
Date: 12/4/13
Source: KWGN

Atheists, agnostics have their own display at Daley Plaza
Date: 12/4/13
Source: Chicago Tribune

Bill Aimed At Protecting Religious Freedoms
Date: 12/4/13
Source: NBC 4i

Federal judge refuses to block school prayers
Date: 12/3/13
Source: Greenville Online

National group asks Bellflower Unified school board to stop prayers at meetings
Date: 12/3/13
Source: The Press Telegram

Ohio Amish girl, family flee to avoid forced chemo
Date: 11/27/13
Source: Missoulian

High court ends Liberty University lawsuit over ObamaCare
Date: 12/2/13
Source: Fox News

Supreme Court To Take Up Controversial Birth Control Cases
Date: 11/26/13
Source: The Huffington Post

Rankin Co. School District Settles Lawsuit
Date: 11/26/13
Source: News Channel 12

American Humanist Association files lawsuit over prayer sessions at Missouri school
Date: 11/21/13
Source: The Kansas City Star

Christian prayers at Bellflower Unified School District board meetings questioned by community members
Date: 11/16/13
Source: The Press-Telegram

Religion Debate Forces School to Stop Christmas Drive
Date: 11/15/13
Source: ABC Columbia

Ohio high court upholds firing of teacher who displayed religious items in public school class
Date: 11/19/13
Source: The Washington Post

Taxpayer money taken away from religious group after public outrage
Date: 11/19/13
Source: King5

The battle over Christmas music in school begins (again)
Date: 11/15/13
Source: The Washington Post

Picture of Jesus, Serving As Teacher’s Memorial, Removed
Date: 11/15/13
Source: NBC 4

Cayce School Cancels Christmas Toy Drive Under Legal Pressure
Date: 11/14/13
Source: WLTX

Reality Check: Prayer at work
Date: 11/13/13
Source: Fox19

Reno council asked to resume opening prayer
Date: 11/12/13
Source: Mohave Valley Daily News

Judge: Workplace lecture was religious harassment
Date: 11/13/13
Source: USA Today

Community members question Christian prayers at Bellflower Unified school board meetings
Date: 11/9/13
Source: The Press Telegram

Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights
Date: 11/8/13
Source: WBIR

Miss. Student Sues Over Religious Assemblies In Schools
Date: 11/11/13
Source: Atlanta Daily World

Religious Groups Seek Protection from Obamacare Under the First Amendment
Date: 11/7/13
Source: Sunshine State News

Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings
Date: 11/6/13
Source: United Press International

N.J. school district drops ban on Christmas carols
Date: 11/6/13
Source: The Washington Times

Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students
Date: 11/6/13
Source: The Star Tribune

Court strikes down birth control mandate
Date: 11/1/13
Source: The Hill

First Amendment: At the Supreme Court, the politics of public prayer
Date: 10/31/13
Source: GazettExtra

Student challenges Jesus portrait in school
Date: 11/1/13
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

School ban on religious carols draws challenge
Date: 10/31/13
Source: The Washington Times

State lawmaker wants “In God we trust” displayed in public schools
Date: 10/29/13
Source: Fox 43

N.J. school district won’t allow religious songs at holiday concerts
Date: 10/30/13
Source: NJ.com

Tennessee judge cited for ordering baby’s name changed from Messiah
Date: 10/25/13
Source: Reuters

Air Force Academy honor oath: ‘So help me God’ now optional
Date: 10/27/13
Source: The Alaska Dispatch

ACLU asks Justice Dept. to probe surveillance of Muslims by New York City Police Dept.
Date: 10/24/13
Source: The Washington Post

Same-sex marriage religious exemptions
Date: 10/18/13
Source: Hawaii News Now

Bill addresses expression of religion in Utah public schools
Date: 10/21/13
Source: The Standard Examiner

The issues: Voucher program in limbo
Date: 10/17/13
Source: Our Colorado News

‘In God We Trust’ proposed for schools
Date: 10/17/13
Source: The Standard Journal

Deerfield bans holiday displays on city-owned land
Date: 10/16/13
Source: The Sun Sentinel

Church and state collide again in Middleboro
Date: 10/15/13
Source: Enterprise News

Council hesitates on motto request
Date: 10/15/13
Source: The Baldwin Times

Catholic priest sues over access denial at military base because of shutdown
Date: 10/14/13
Source: CNN

Middleboro could face lawsuit over cross on public
Date: 10/14/13
Source: The Taunton Gazette

Tenn. School board to retrain staff on church-state separation after pastor gives 9/11 speech
Date: 10/10/13
Source: The Washington Times

Youth pastor volunteers cause school controversy
Date: 10/10/13
Source: KOMO News

Supreme Court Case Could Ban Prayer in City Council Meetings
Date: 10/10/13
Source: WDTV News

Atheist group may sue Montgomery over faith-based police program
Date: 10/9/13
Source: The Montgomery Advertiser

Elementary school in Montgomery County cancels Halloween
Date: 10/9/13
Source: ABC Local

Military Priests Face Arrest For Defying Shutdown and Celebrating Mass
Date: 10/7/13
Source: The Huffington Post

Gortz Haus owners files suit against Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Date: 10/8/13
Source: The Des Moines Register

Jesus portrait forced off school wall by ACLU lawsuit
Date: 10/8/13
Source: The Washington Times

ACLU asks schools to stop praying before football games
Date: 10/7/13
Source: Tennessean

Bibles before beer in faith-based dorms at Troy
Date: 10/6/13
Source: Tuscaloosa News

Pasco superintendent struggles with backlash over school prayer memo
Date: 10/2/13
Source: Tampa Bay Times

‘Freedom from Religion’ group questions prayer in local district
Date: 9/25/13
Source: WSMV

Florida City Fights To Keep 131-Year-Old Seal In Church-State Dispute
Date: 9/26/13
Source: Opposing Views

Freedom From Religion Foundation takes issue with ‘In God We Trust’ plates
Date: 9/21/13
Source: The Capital Times

Des Plaines sued after rejecting plans for mosque
Date: 9/17/13
Source: Chicago Tribune

Massachusetts Supreme Court to hear Pledge of Allegiance in schools case
Date: 9/03/13
Source: Fox News

Feds grant religion tax break to atheists
Date: 8/20/13
Source: The Tennessean

In God’s Name, or Baby ‘Messiah,’ Competing Claims of Religious Freedom
Date: 8/17/13
Source: New York Times

Supreme Court case could affect prayer at West Deptford, Elk meetings
Date: 5/28/13
Source: NJ.com

Ohio school district weighs allowing creationism discussion in classrooms
Date: 5/25/13
Source: FOX News

Supreme Court will rule on prayer at government meetings
Date: 5/20/13
Source: USA Today

U.S. Supreme Court considering Elmbrook graduation case
Date: 5/12/13
Source: Milawukee Journal Sentinel

Superintendent: No one disciplined in 6-hour school prayer
Date: 5/6/13
Source: MyFoxAtlanta.com

Louisiana Lawmakers Debating to Allow Praying in School
Date: 5/6/13
Source: KNOE.com

Lincoln County High School cancels prayer at graduation
Date: 5/2/13
Source: CentralKYNews.com

Group sues Rankin County schools over prayer meeting
Date: 5/1/13
Source: Sun Herald

Atheists to give out pamphlets in Orange high schools Thursday
Date: 4/30/13
Source: Orlando Sentinel

Rep. Rahall Offers Constitutional Amendment to Protect School Prayer
Date: 4/30/13
Source: NewsMax.com

Rockingham school board debates having public prayer
Date: 4/23/13
Source: News & Record

Hillsborough schools may let students hand out religious information
Date: 4/23/13
Source: Tampa Bay Times

When is student-led school prayer permitted?
Date: 4/14/13
Source: High Point Enterprise

School board rejects becoming prayer test case
Date: 4/11/13
Source: St. Augustine Record

Kearney school board ends prayers to open meetings
Date: 4/10/13
Source: JournalStar.com

Bills would reinforce optional student prayer
Date:  4/10/13
Source: Smoky Mountain News

Governor signs Kansas religious freedom measure
Date: 4/10/13
Source: Courier-Journal

Locker room prayers common in Utah public schools
Date: 4/7/13
Source: Daily Herald

North Carolina getting a state religion? No.
Date: 4/4/13
Source: CNN

North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill
Date: 4/3/13
Source: Huffington Post

Jesus taken out of Ohio school
Date: 4/3/13
Source: Duluth News Tribune

Critic: School board prayer policy change inadequate
Date: 4/1/13
Source: Greenville Online