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Supreme Court affirms monks’ right to sell caskets

WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic monks can continue selling their handmade caskets after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to … Continued

Religious groups feel the pinch of government shutdown

WASHINGTON — As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and … Continued

U.S. asks Supreme Court to review Hobby Lobby’s birth control mandate challenge

RNS () — Federal officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer … Continued

(Correction) Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

BOSTON — Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they … Continued

Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

BOSTON — Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they … Continued

Court says atheist was wrongly jailed over religious rehab

SAN FRANCISCO — An atheist parolee should be compensated by California after the state returned him to prison for refusing … Continued

N.J. gay conversion therapy ban challenged in federal court

RNS () — New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist’s obligation to … Continued

Feds offer atheists a clergy tax break that they don’t want

RNS () — The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from … Continued

Shariah 101: What is it and why do states want to ban it?

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday (July 24) approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, … Continued

White House denies contraception exemption to private businesses

The Obama administration on Friday (June 28) issued final rules for religious groups for its controversial contraception mandate, maintaining its … Continued

Is yoga instruction religious? San Diego court case may decide

SAN DIEGO — In an elementary school classroom with an American flag draped over one wall, a couple dozen students … Continued

Troubled Missouri diocese to pay $600,000 abuse settlement

The Catholic diocese in Missouri led by Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted last year of failing to report a … Continued

German home-schooling family loses U.S. asylum bid

A German family seeking asylum in the U.S. so they can home-school their children lost their appeal in federal court … Continued

Vatican plays politics with American sisters and nuns

I would be lying if I wrote that I was not hurt by the reaffirmation of the censure of the … Continued

N.C. minorities remain worried after religion bill is pulled

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A resolution to allow North Carolina to defy the Constitution and establish a state-sanctioned religion may be … Continued

What part of ‘no law respecting an establishment of religion’ does North Carolina not understand?

Imagine driving from Northern Virginia to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and as you hit the state line, you … Continued

Why the ‘Ground Zero Cross’ should remain

“We are angry . . . .” This was the reaction of the president of American Atheists last week upon … Continued

On religion, North Carolina boldly goes where the Constitution forbids

Across the decades of my ministry and advocacy to protect religious freedom, I have heard and seen it all: fanciful … Continued

Supreme Court searches for way around gay marriage

WASHINGTON — In nearly two hours of arguments on Wednesday (March 27), the Supreme Court heard many of the expected … Continued

40 years after Roe, abortion remains legal – but restricted

WASHINGTON — Forty years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion, the constitutional right many Americans take for granted is coming … Continued