Church Services

The Ninth Circuit enjoined California from enforcing against Harvest Rock Church, and its member churches, an attendance limit on indoor worship under Tier 2 and 3 of the state’s Covid-19-related “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” The injunction doesn’t prevent the state from enforcing total prohibitions on indoor worship under Tier 1 or the restrictions on singing and chanting during indoor services.

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Education Benefits

The Second Circuit ruled that a lower court improperly rejected a girl’s request for a preliminary injunction to require Vermont’s Agency of Education to allow her to access benefits pending adjudication of her claims alleging the dual enrollment program, which pays for high schoolers to take college courses, violated her rights with its requirement that her private school tuition be “publicly funded.”

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Church Asks Ninth Circuit to Lift California’s Ban on Indoor Worship

A Ninth Circuit judge expressed concern Monday that California’s effort to curb Covid-19 transmission by banning all indoor religious gatherings could extend into the summer months or beyond if the pandemic worsens, further restricting people’s constitutional right to practice their religion.

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California Church Asks Judge to Lift Pandemic Restrictions on Indoor Services

Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a federal judge’s ruling on Harvest Rock Church’s challenge to California’s indoor gathering restrictions, an attorney for the Christian church said in district court Friday the state unfairly targeted religious gatherings with “harsh treatment.”

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Religious Speech

In a First Amendment dispute, a federal court in Tennessee ruled against three “preachers” moved by officers from the entrance of a park during an LGBTQ festival. The three, who confronted festival-goers and used an amplification system to spout slurs, were moved from the park to a sidewalk because of their actions, not the content of their message, the court ruled.

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Discrimination Policies

A federal court in Michigan dismissed a civil rights suit brought by parents of school-age children who, citing their Christian faith, claimed the Williamston Community School District Board’s policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identy and expression have a “chilling effect on their children’s freedom of speech and religion.”

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