Religion Jan. 30, 2009

Higher Law: Faith-Based Hiring and the Obama Administration

During his campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama said he would overturn the Bush administration’s actions allowing religious groups that receive federal funds for providing social services to restrict hiring to those of the same faith. A scholar discusses the legal pros and cons of such a reversal.

Religion Oct. 31, 2008

In Brief: Pleasant Grove City v. Summum

May a locality that allows one religious group to erect a monument in a city park deny that privilege to another religious sect? On Nov. 12, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Pleasant Grove City v. Summum.

Religion Oct. 23, 2008

The Free Exercise Clause and the Legislative and Executive Branches

Courts have long grappled with questions of religious freedom, but other government bodies also help ensure protection of this cherished liberty.

Religion Oct. 23, 2008

Brutalism v. Church: A Congregation Sues D.C. Over Historic Landmarking

To the city of Washington DC, it’s a classic example of Brutalist architecture; to church members, it’s a costly concrete block that obstructs their ability to practice their Christian Science faith.

Religion Jul. 24, 2008

The Blaine Game: Controversy Over the Public Funding of Religion

A scholar discusses challenges in Florida to its so-called Blaine Amendments that restrict state aid to religious schools. More than two-thirds of states have similar constitutional provisions.

Religion Jun. 12, 2008

What Limits Remain on Government Funding of Religion?

A recent case permits executive agencies to fund religious groups and activities without fear of constitutional litigation.

Religion Apr. 24, 2008

Courts Not Silent on Moments of Silence

An Illinois statute, now on temporary hold by a U.S. District Court, has given rise to the latest in a long line of constitutional cases involving required moments-of-silence in public schools.

Religion Oct. 24, 2007

The Free Exercise Clause and the Parameters of Religious Liberty

An expert on law and religion discusses concrete examples of protected religious expression – must the sheik remove his turban when boarding a plane?

Religion Oct. 24, 2007

A Delicate Balance: The Free Exercise Clause and the Supreme Court

More than a century of court decisions in this area have forged a ragged path from one extreme to the other, with permutations in between.

Religion Jun. 27, 2007

From the Ten Commandments to Christmas Trees: Public Religious Displays and the Courts

As a supplement to a Pew Forum legal backgrounder, Prof. Robert W. Tuttle discusses how current law might apply in circumstances such as a recent religious display controversy in Louisiana.