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50-State Religious Freedom Laws Report

50-State Religious Freedom Laws Report

A review of state laws and court decisions affecting church leaders
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The Ministerial Exception and Racial Discrimination Member access only

Civil courts are prevented from applying employment laws to ministers.
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Recent Developments in Federal Appeals Court Regarding Freedom of Religion Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a public high school that allowed several student groups to meet on school premises during the lunch period could not deny the same opportunity to a student group that wanted to meet for religious purposes.
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Religious Activities by Public School Students Member access only

Many activities are permissible according to new Department of Education guidelines
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Recent Developments in Federal Court Regarding Freedom of Religion - Part 1 Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that the constitution was not violated when a public high school choir performed religious songs and conducted a few of its concerts in churches.
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Recent Developments in Federal Court Regarding Freedom of Religion - Part 2 Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a church's constitutional rights were not violated by a public school district rule prohibiting it from conducting religious worship on public school property.
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Recent Developments in Federal Court Regarding Freedom of Religion - Part 3 Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a city could not refuse to allow an evangelistic film on the life of Christ to be shown at a city-owned "senior citizen center."
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Religious and Sexual Orientation Discrimination Member access only

A New York court ruled that a church could be sued by a former employee for discriminating against him on the basis of his religion and sexual orientation.
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Age Discrimination and Denomination Policy Member access only

A minister's age discrimination lawsuit challenging a denominational policy requiring the retirement of ministers at 70 years of age was barred by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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Building Rental for Church Use Member access only

A federal court in South Carolina ordered a public school district to continue allowing a church to rent a school building for weekly worship services.
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Invocations at Public High Schools

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"Off-campus" Religious Instruction Doesn't Violate First Amendment Member access only

Federal court rules religious program giving academic credit not a violation of the prohibition of an establishment of religion.
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Lessons from the Houston Church Subpoena Saga Member access only

Why it happened—and what pastors and leaders should know about their rights.
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The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Member access only

A closer look at the decision's potential effects on churches and clergy.
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Religious Freedom Questions by Faith Segment

Religious freedom questions show the views of Americans and evangelicals.
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How Does Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order Affect Churches?

Four legal experts weigh in on what the order actually means.
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Public Benefit Programs Available to Churches Member access only

Excluding church from playground funding solely based on its religion violates First Amendment, Court says.
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Supreme Court Sides with Christian Baker in Major Religious Freedom Case Member access only

SCOTUS cites violation of baker’s First Amendment rights in ruling.
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