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A Close Shave for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

A Close Shave for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 10:26am
To shave or not to shave? That is the question the Supreme Court will consider today as it once again turns to fundamental issues of religious liberty.
Supreme Court Turns Blind Eye to Exclusionary Prayers at Government Meetings

Supreme Court Turns Blind Eye to Exclusionary Prayers at Government Meetings

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:57pm

This morning, the Supreme Court issued a disappointing and troubling decision upholding a town board's practice of opening its meetings with Christian prayers.

For more than a decade, the town board of Greece, New York, has started meetings…

Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana

Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 10:10pm

Imagine if your child was ridiculed in front of his classmates for his religious beliefs until he was physically ill. Can’t believe it? Neither could we, and that’s why the ACLU and the ACLU of Louisiana sued the Sabine Parish School District on…

Court Rules Cross Must Come Down

Court Rules Cross Must Come Down

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 10:48am

Yesterday, a district court ruled that the federal government may no longer display a 43-foot Latin cross on Mt. Soledad in San Diego, California. The Court's order, which prohibits the government from "displaying or continuing to allow the display…

No Laughing Matter: Government Prayer and Second-Class Citizenship

No Laughing Matter: Government Prayer and Second-Class Citizenship

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:40pm

This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a First Amendment challenge to a New York town's practice of solemnizing its local board meetings with Christian prayer. The argument revealed the weak constitutional…

The Supreme Court Revisits Official Government Prayer

The Supreme Court Revisits Official Government Prayer

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:52pm

It's hard to believe that, in 2013, any question remains regarding the constitutionality of official government prayers, but the Supreme Court will revisit the issue for the first time in more than a decade when it hears oral arguments this November…

Creationism Follies: The 2012-2013 Edition

Creationism Follies: The 2012-2013 Edition

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 11:53am

This past April, when an image of a fourth-grade science quiz on dinosaurs went viral, many people did not believe it was real. The incredible quiz asked students to affirm that the earth is not billions of years old, that dinosaurs and people lived…

God's Gospel Lizards: Creationist Group to Educate Kansas Public School Students on the "Truth About Dinosaurs"

God's Gospel Lizards: Creationist Group to Educate Kansas Public School Students on the "Truth About Dinosaurs"

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 3:10pm

Students at Hugoton High School in Hugoton, Kansas, are set to finally learn the “truth about dinosaurs” next week—at least the truth as the Creation Truth Foundation sees it. The religious organization, which advocates for “a return to all…

Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom in South Carolina

Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom in South Carolina

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:21pm

"What's the harm?" That is the question we are often asked when the ACLU steps in to stop public school officials from including official prayer in school events and proselytizing students. It was a question posed by many community members in the Chesterfield…

A School Voucher by Any Other Name

A School Voucher by Any Other Name

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 11:25am

Thirty million. That’s the amount of tax dollars that could be diverted annually from New Hampshire’s coffers to private schools by the year 2022 if the state is allowed to implement its new Education Tax Credit Program. Under the tax credit…

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