WASHINGTON (RNS) Starting in 1999, two-thirds of prayers offered at the opening of the Greece Town Council in upstate New York invoked “Jesus” or “the Holy Spirit,” and pastors also asked those present to pray with them and recite the Lord’s Prayer.
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BORDENTOWN, N.J. (RNS) A conservative legal group says school officials have misread previous court decisions on whether to allow religious songs at school concerts.
(RNS) U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the Freedom from Religion Foundation “has standing to seek an order requiring the IRS to treat religious organizations no more favorably than it treats the Foundation.”
(RNS) “We are not a church,” atheists say. Government lawyers disagree, saying atheist leaders can be considered ministers.
(RNS) An independent commission recommended that members of the clergy should be able to say “whatever they believe is appropriate” from the pulpit without fear of IRS reprisal.
(RNS) The new rules do not apply to private businesses whose owners have religious or moral obligations to contraception — and that issue has already been a major battleground in federal courts.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the Greece (N.Y.) Town Board violated the separation of church and state when it repeatedly used Christian clergy to conduct prayers at the start of its public meetings.
(RNS) Home-schooling families in Europe have become a cause celebre for some U.S. conservatives, who are rallying around a family in Tennessee who could face fines or loss of custody if forced to return to their native Germany.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that equality laws trump personal religious beliefs after rejecting three of four appeals filed by British Christians who were fired or disciplined for expressing religious beliefs in the workplace. By Trevor Grundy.