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US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Washington Pharmacy Case

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In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a Washington state requirement that all pharmacies must fill contraceptives regardless of the religious objections of the owners. Under the rules, an individual pharmacist may refuse to fill a prescription on religious grounds only if another pharmacist in the same pharmacy will fill the prescription. Stormans ... Read More »

Hobby Lobby Case: How Will the Court Decide?

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On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores (transcript and audio). According to a number of pundits, the Court is expected to split with four justices on each side and the deciding vote is predicted to fall to Anthony Kennedy. Perfectly projecting the Court’s decision is not much easier than predicting a ... Read More »

Religious Battles in the Marketplace – Is There a Solution?

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In August 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that a small photo studio violated a state anti-discrimination law by refusing, on religious grounds, to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. In November, the studio appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to protect its owners from having to send a message in violation of their religious ... Read More »

Legislative Prayers, the Supreme Court’s Self-created Quagmire

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When the U.S. Supreme Court declared legislative prayers constitutional 30 years ago, the justices sent a convoluted message to legislatures, city councils and other government bodies… Read More »

Massachusetts High Court to Consider “Under God” In Pledge

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The Supreme Court of Massachusetts has agreed to hear a dispute over the requirement that school children recite the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase “under God.” Read More »

A Closer Look at the Contraceptive Coverage Lawsuits

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Over 35 lawsuits have been filed by corporations challenging the Health and Human Services regulation requiring that most health plans cover contraceptives… Read More »

Court Rejects Religious Liberty Challenges To Contraceptive Coverage Mandate of Affordable Care Act

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In an important and extensively reasoned opinion handed down yesterday, a Missouri federal district court… Read More »

Clause for Concern

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Nearly everyone is for religious liberty in principle, but particular applications are often controversial… Too many Americans think that religious liberty means… Read More »

Supreme Court Decision on Religion Upends Campus Religious Groups

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While the 5-4 decision in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez was primarily aimed at public colleges and universities, some conservatives say the decision has upended university religious life… Read More »

Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling

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that bans prayer at school board meetings… More Read More »