Religious Liberty
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Targeting places of faith?

New York | In New York’s Orthodox Jewish communities, the question of fair enforcement of coronavirus lockdowns hangs in the air
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/23/20, 12:17 pm

A New York moment: 

Last year I reported on the measles outbreak in New York. Measles is much more contagious than the coronavirus, but a high level of vaccination stops community spread.

The outbreak of the measles virus came in communities with lower levels of vaccination: some Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County, some Christian homeschool co-ops, and liberal, hippie pockets of the vaccine-skeptical. But media attention centered on the Hasidic communities where measles was spreading.

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Pressing pause on pandemic powers

Religious Liberty | Churches push back against prolonged worship restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 10/20/20, 11:08 am

The Supreme Court has another chance to reckon with how much states can infringe on First Amendment rights during the pandemic. Two Chicago-area churches on Wednesday asked the justices to review a federal appeals court decision that upheld Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders restricting the size of worship services. It could make a difference for rulings in lower courts across the country.

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A win for religious schools

Religious Liberty | Court upholds seminary’s right to enforce sexual conduct code
by Steve West
Posted 10/13/20, 01:34 pm

A federal court on Wednesday upheld the right of a historic California seminary to expel two students who violated school policies about marriage and sexuality.

In a 19-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall ruled that Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., was exempt from Title IX, a federal education law that bars discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program receiving federal money.

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