An elementary school in New Jersey has barred children from saying "God bless America" after the Pledge of Allegiance, following a complaint from the ACLU.
Glenview Elementary School Principal Sam Sassano in South Jersey revealed that the American Civil Liberties Union warned him that the practice supposedly violates the separation of church and state, NBC10 Philadelphia reported on Tuesday.
Sassano defended the practice, however, noting that students began saying the phrase following the 9/11 terror attacks. more >>
A group of pharmacists appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to receive religious liberty protection from a Washington state law mandating that they sell drugs that could cause an abortion.
Ralph's Thriftway, Rhonda Mesler, and Margo Thelen have argued in a writ of certiorari filed Monday that a Washington law removing conscience protections for pharmacists violates their religious freedom.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said the U.S. Constitution doesn't prohibit presidents from honoring God or the goverment from placing religion above secularism, though added that one denomination cannot be favored over another.
Scalia, who is a Roman Catholic, told the audience at Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans on Saturday that there is no reason to believe the Constitution dictates state neutrality between religion and its absence.
"To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition. Where did that come from?" Scalia said, according to The Associated Press. "To be sure, you can't favor one denomination over another. But can't favor religion over non-religion?" more >>
Americans support religious liberty for Christians more than they do for other religious groups, including Muslims and Jews, according to a new poll.
The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released the finding of the poll on Wednesday, which found that while solid majorities of Americans supported religious freedom for all, specific religious groups got higher percentages than others.
While 82 percent of respondents said religious liberty protections for Christians were important, only 61 percent said the same for Muslims; and 70 percent of respondents felt preserving the religious liberty of Jews was important. more >>
A national church-state watchdog group based in Washington, DC has entered the legal fray over a Kentucky business that refuses to print t-shirts for a gay pride event over religious objections.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed an amicus brief in the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Monday against Hands on Originals and its owner, Blaine Adamson.
"Appellee Hands On Originals, Inc., a commercial printing company, maintains that the First Amendment allows it to disregard this law and to deny service to customers seeking T-shirts for a gay-pride event because, it says, its 'work is expressive and artistic'," reads the brief. more >>
An atheist delivered the invocation at a Michigan city's public meeting, performing a part of the proceedings that generally includes a prayer.
Steven Belstra delivered the invocation Monday at the Grandville City Council meeting, with his planned remarks being published in advance by the Grand Rapids Press.
"I request from the council and our community that we don't turn towards faith or religion to guide government decisions but rather good will towards all people in our community," said Belstra. more >>