Religious Law

407 ABA Journal articles on Religious Law.

Will swing voter Kennedy uphold Trump’s travel ban? Oral arguments show support for US position
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy indicated support for President Donald Trump’s authority to institute his travel ban during oral arguments on Wednesday.
Crash survivor sues publisher, claims he was exploited by book’s false claim of visit to heaven

Updated: An Ohio man who survived a severe car crash as a boy in 2004 has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was financially exploited and his privacy invaded by…

Religious freedom law doesn’t shield funeral home that fired transgender worker, 6th Circuit says

A federal appeals court has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects a funeral home director who was fired after disclosing that she was transitioning from male…

Investigator is jailed for refusing to testify in capital case on religious grounds

An investigator was sent back to jail on Wednesday after she told a Colorado judge her religious beliefs prevent her from testifying for prosecutors in a capital appeal.

Greta Lindecrantz,…

En banc 4th Circuit says Trump’s latest travel ban is ‘tainted with animus toward Islam’
A second federal appeals court has ruled against President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban.
Satanic Temple’s challenge to abortion law heads to Missouri Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court is hearing arguments on Tuesday in a suit filed by a Satanic Temple follower that challenges the state’s abortion informed consent law.

The suit filed by…

DOJ backs Archdiocese of Washington in suit over Christmas bus ads

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief backing the Archdiocese of Washington in a suit in which it sued the the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for…

Amish family ordered by state appellate court to use electric sewer pump

A split three-judge panel representing a Pennsylvania appellate court has ordered an Old Order Amish family, whose religious beliefs frown upon the use of electricity, to connect to a municipal…

Churches are now eligible for disaster aid; FEMA changed policy after lawsuits

Churches are no longer excluded from disaster aid as a result of a policy change by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA announced the policy change earlier this month and…

Swing justice Kennedy lends support to both sides in case of gay couple denied a wedding cake
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy made comments supporting both sides during oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a gay couple denied a wedding cake by a Christian baker with religious objections.
Is a Christmas tree in a public park a secular symbol? ABA Legal Fact Check weighs in

A village attorney in Illinois had to weigh Supreme Court precedent when he concluded a Christmas tree in a public park was a secular symbol, according to ABA Legal…

Inmate who said he needs stuffed animals to meditate may pursue religious claim, 2nd Circuit rules
A federal appeals court has ruled for a pro se inmate who claimed stuffed animals were necessary for the practice of his religion.
Supreme Court to review law requiring notices on free abortions at pregnancy-service centers
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a California law that requires licensed pregnancy-related medical clinics to post notices about free and low-cost contraception and abortion services.
ABA urges SCOTUS to rule against baker who refused to make wedding cake for gay couple
The ABA has filed an amicus brief supporting a gay couple and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in their case against a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for the couple. The ABA brief, filed Monday, urges the Supreme Court to rule that Colorado can constitutionally apply its public accommodations law to the baker and other commercial enterprises, according to a press release.
Second federal judge partly blocks Trump’s third travel ban
A federal judge in Maryland has become the second federal judge to grant a nationwide injunction blocking part of President Donald Trump’s third travel ban.

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