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Educator wins fight over on-campus faith discussions

Religious Liberty | School administrators agree they can’t fire someone for offering to pray for a co-worker
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/14/17, 01:22 pm

Administrators at a Maine school district have dropped their bid to force a special education teacher to remain silent about her faith while on campus. In a new “coaching memorandum” sent to Toni Richardson last week, officials with the Augusta School Department acknowledged employees’ First Amendment right to privately discuss their religious beliefs with co-workers.

Employees can say things like “God bless you,” or “I am praying for you,” as long as students aren’t around.

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Missouri Satanist challenges pro-life laws as ‘religious tenets’

Religious Liberty | Case represents a new tactic in challenging abortion regulations
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/17/17, 03:42 pm

Pro-abortion activists have adopted a new legal strategy against pro-life laws in Missouri, challenging them as violations of religious liberty protections. In 2016, a self-avowed Satanist sued the state, claiming its abortion regulations are “religious tenets” and therefore a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Admendment of the U.S. Constitution and Missouri’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA). The case now heads to the state’s Supreme Court for what could be a final decision.

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Churches, synagogues join fight against FEMA faith bias

First Amendment | Catholic and Jewish leaders file legal briefs arguing that the government should not exclude religious facilities from disaster relief aid
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/10/17, 02:54 pm

Houston-area Catholic and Jewish congregations have filed legal briefs in support of three churches suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for denying disaster relief funds because of their religious identity. The churches—two non-denominational and one Assemblies of God—are united in their fight against religious discrimination that could spell financial ruin for congregations across the storm-ravaged United States. 

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