Fact Tank Mar. 25, 2014

After Hobby Lobby, a nonprofit legal challenge to the contraception requirement

Even though the two cases heard by the Supreme Court involve for-profit businesses, the rulings in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga on the contraceptive requirement could impact subsequent cases involving nonprofits like Little Sisters of the Poor.

Fact Tank Jan. 2, 2014

Six questions about the contraception mandate and the Supreme Court

2014 promises to be a crucial year in determining the fate of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, which requires most employers who offer health insurance to their workers to provide free contraceptive services for female employees.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

5 facts about the Pledge of Allegiance

Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court – the state’s highest court – will hear arguments today in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, a case in which an anonymous atheist couple is challenging the use of the phrase “under God” in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Humanist […]

Fact Tank Aug. 16, 2013

Most Americans oppose political endorsements from churches

Some religious groups are pushing for an end to a ban on clergy endorsements of political candidates. Pew Research polling has shown that Americans are wary of church involvement in partisan politics.

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Religion Apr. 8, 2013

Map: State Legislation Restricting Use of Foreign or Religious Law

Between 2010 and 2012, lawmakers in at least 32 states introduced bills to ban state courts from considering foreign or religious laws in their decisions.

Religion Apr. 8, 2013

Applying God’s Law: Religious Courts and Mediation in the U.S.

Across the U.S., religious courts operate on a routine, everyday basis. How do some of the country’s major Christian traditions and other religions – including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism – decide internal matters and apply their religious laws?

Religion Jan. 11, 2012

In Brief: Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC

On Oct. 5, 2011, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a case that could help determine how much latitude religious organizations have in making employment decisions about clergy and others who perform religious duties.

Religion Aug. 9, 2011

Rising Restrictions on Religion

More than 2.2 billion people — nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion — live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between mid-2006 and mid-2009.

Religion Mar. 31, 2011

Churches in Court

American religious institutions have been at the center of many legal controversies in recent years. These and related lawsuits raise complex constitutional questions that have been troubling American courts for more than a century. Are legal disputes involving churches and other religious institutions constitutionally different from those involving their secular counterparts, and if so, how?

Religion Oct. 19, 2010

In the Courts: Voucher Battle Redux

A coming Supreme Court case on an Arizona law allowing funds donated to religious schools to be subtracted from state taxes owed by donors could severely limit future Establishment Clause challenges.