An atheist was escorted out of a Florida city public meeting for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, prompting outcry from secular organizations.
John Thoreau remained seated for both the opening invocation and Pledge during a meeting of the Winter Garden City Commissioners last week.
Two Catholic academic institutions in California have been told by the state government that their healthcare programs must cover abortions.
Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University were initially given reprieve from being forced to pay for abortions as part of their insurance policies, however, the earlier decision was reversed.
In a letter sent out last month, California's Department of Managed Health Care concluded that "it erroneously approved or did not object to such discriminatory language in some evidence of coverage filings." more >>
New Hampshire's Supreme Court upheld the state's tax credit program that allows for funds to go to religious schools.
In an opinion delivered last week, the court unanimously overturned a lower court ruling regarding the tax credit.
The court concluded that the plaintiffs lacked standing on the tax credit, having failed to sufficiently argue that the credit caused them undue injury or harm. more >>
A judge in Utah has finalized his ruling allowing for a polygamous union of people who star in a reality television program.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups finalized his decision Wednesday, having already declared a part of the state ban on polygamy to be unconstitutional.
Waddoups ruled that Kody Brown, star of the TLC series "Sister Wives," and his four wives could be married, striking down a provision of Utah law that barred cohabitation. more >>
A church in Georgia that recently setup a large LED-lit sign on its property might face a lawsuit for being in violation of a local ordinance.
Fellowship Baptist Church in Grovetown has refused to take down the 19,000-bulb sign, which was installed last Friday and advertises for both their church and a food pantry they oversee.
Sonny Serigney, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, met with Grovetown Mayor George James III Thursday morning to possibly reach a compromise. more >>
A Mississippi school district has agreed to stop having prayers and sermons at mandatory faculty convocations after an atheist group threatened to sue them.
The Washington, D.C.-based American Humanist Association announced that the Jackson Public School District had agreed to stop the religious practices.
JoAnne N. Shepherd, district counsel for the Jackson Public School District, responded to AHA via email that the convocation was meant to be "an inspirational and motivational event for employees returning to start the new school year." more >>