Religious Freedom Blog

Idaho Bans All Religious Texts from Charter Schools

September 10, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   Comments Off

In a seriously disturbing case, the Idaho Public Charter School Commission has banned all texts and books deemed to be religious. This ban even applies to religious texts and books that are regularly used to teach history and literature. Apparently, these books are so poisonous Idaho charter schools are ...

The Ten Commandments of Religious Discrimination

September 05, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   Comments Off

The Orange County Business Journal recently published an article entitled "The Ten Commandments of Religious Discrimination." It's a quick primer for employers regarding what they can, cannot, and must do regarding religion in the workplace. While it is obviously geared toward California employers, most of the information is ...

Mickey Mouse Sermon on The Mount Painting Banned in Russia

August 29, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   Comments Off

A Russian court has banned a painting depicting Mickey Mouse as Jesus Christ. The painting is of Jesus' famous Sermon on the Mount, but with Mickey providing the Beatitudes. After hearing evidence, the court in central ...

Supreme Court Says “No” to RLUIPA Money Damages

April 23, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   0 Comment

In a recent 6-2 ruling, the Supreme Court decided a Texas prisoner could not sue Texas for money damages, even though Texas violated his religious rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA). RLUIPA acts to protect prisoners’ rights to practice their ...

Law Professor Wants to Criminalize Burning Qur’an

April 21, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   Comments Off

Law Professor Liaquat Ali Khan, of Washburn University, recently wrote an article in which he said Congress should pass laws "outlaw[ing] desecrations of the Qur'an." What is his basis for this call to criminalize religious and political speech? Professor Khan reasons that Qur'an burning produces violent backlash ...

New Buddhist Temple in West Valley City

April 17, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   0 Comment

West Valley City's Buddhists have recently opened a new temple. Here is a brief description of the temple and its location from a Deseret News article: "The temple, located near Granger High School at 3595 West Lancer Way (3650 South), is the third Vietnamese temple in ...

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona School-Choice Program

April 04, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   0 Comment

Today, the Supreme Court upheld an Arizona program that gave tax credits to parents who chose private schools (including private religious schools) for their children. The case, Arizona Christian School Organization v. Winn, is a very good decision for parents who want their children to go ...

Protection of Religious Items on and in One’s Car

March 28, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   0 Comment

To protect your right to exercise your religion, Utah has passed a law telling employers they cannot prohibit you from "possessing any item in or on a motor vehicle on any property designated for motor vehicle parking, if the effect of the policy or rule constitutes ...

Religious Liberty & the Utah Constitution

March 20, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   0 Comment

Like the federal Constitution, the Utah Constitution protects religious liberty. In fact, the Utah constitution addresses religious liberty in greater detail. Whereas the The First Amendment only reads: "Congress shall make not law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," Article I, ...

RLUIPA and Holding Cells

March 16, 2011  |   Religious Freedom   |     |   0 Comment

Earlier today, an eleven-member en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit (i.e., an appeals panel in the circuit that encompasses California and the West Coast) ruled that the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) applies not only to jails and prisons, but ...