Mary Anne Sause, a Louisburg, Kansas, woman who says she was ordered by local police to stop praying in her home and told that a copy of the Constitution she showed them was "just a piece of paper," has appealed a district court's ruling that officers did not violate her First Amendment.
First Liberty Institute appealed the district court's ruling to the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit last Wednesday, arguing that the officers' conduct violated Sause's First Amendment right to pray in her own home and to be free from retaliation for exercising that right, according to information provided by the First Liberty Institute.
Sause, a retired Catholic nurse on disability and rape survivor, was at home on the night of Nov. 22, 2013, when two police officers approached her door and demanded to be allowed in. Sause said the officers did not identify themselves, and she could not see them through her broken peephole, so she did not open her door. more >>
Americans are divided as to whether religious freedom or LGBT rights should be favored when the two concepts conflict with one another.
Recent findings from the Pew Research Center show the American public near evenly split on whether or not a business can refuse to service a same-sex wedding on religious grounds.
Out of a sample of about 4,500 adults, Pew found that 48 percent of respondents believed that businesses which provided wedding services should be allowed to refuse to service gay weddings if the owner has religious objections. 49 percent of respondents believed that businesses should be required to service same-sex weddings despite religious objections, and 3 percent said they were unsure. more >>
Eighty-seven year-old Edie Windsor, one of the leading LGBT activists who pushed for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, has reportedly said she's contemplating a move to Barcelona with her new 51-year-old wife if Donald Trump is elected to be the next president.
The New York Times reported that the marriage ceremony between Windsor and Judith Kasen, a vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors, took place this past week at New York's City Hall.
Windsor's previous marriage in 2007 to Thea Spyer, who died two years later, became the basis of a major lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and paved the way for the legalization of gay marriage. more >>
A Michigan township will pay an Islamic school $1.7 million as part of a settlement reached after a majority of the planning commission voted against a Muslim group's request to build the facility.
Earlier this week, Pittsfield Township agreed to pay the sum of $1.7 million and allow the Michigan Islamic Academy to begin construction of a 70,000-square-foot school.
Pittsfield agreed to the settlement which was reached after two lawsuits were filed against it by the U.S. Justice Department and the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. more >>
UPDATE: 12 PM, SEPT. 30: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from serving the rest of his term for refusing to allow probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a judicial commission ruled on Friday.
As the judicial commission is set to rule on a case against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended in May for refusing to allow probate judges to issue licenses to same-sex couples, evangelist Franklin Graham is urging Christians to pray for the judge who "stands up for what is right." more >>
Citing what it sees as the underserving of the religious community by the legal fraternity, Nelson Madden Black LLP, announced itself Tuesday as the first private New York-based law firm dedicated specifically to the legal representation of religious institutions and individuals.
"There are over 7,000 places of worship in New York City, and they need lawyers who understand their issues," co-founder Jonathan Nelson said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "Religious organizations have been underserved by our profession. Meeting their needs is the calling of our firm."
The firm, led by partners Nelson, John Madden and Barry Black, who all come from different religious backgrounds, said the partners came together "with a common purpose to serve the legal needs of all faiths and faithful." more >>