A state court has ruled that a former public school bus driver in Pennsylvania who argued that her employer violated her religious freedom by terminating her after she refused to undergo a background check that included providing fingerprints can’t be denied unemployment compensation.
Editor’s Note: Today we are reposting an item that first appeared (in a slightly different form) in 2007. Happy Holidays!
People sometimes ask me why I got so interested in defending separation of church and state. The answer is simple: As a kid, I was sent to a Catholic school for eight years.
Over the weekend, a federal court struck down a Florida county’s practice of denying atheists, humanists and other non-theists the opportunity to offer invocations at the start of the county commission’s meetings.
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled the policy of Brevard County’s Board of County Commissioners to allow only monotheistic, overwhelmingly Christian invocations violated both the U.S. and Florida Constitutions – namely by the government showing favoritism for certain faiths.
A federal court ruled April 28 that a legal challenge to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ legislative prayer practice sponsored by Americans United may proceed.
AU, which brought the case along with American Atheists, welcomed the decision in Fields v. Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
A public school district in suburban Pittsburgh removed a Ten Commandments monument that was the subject of a nearly five-year court battle.
New Kensington-Arnold School District in February reached a settlement to relocate the large stone monolith that had been donated to the school in the 1950s. In late March, for the first time in 60 years, the Ten Commandments no longer loomed over students walking past the front of Valley Junior-Senior High School.
A federal court today ruled that a legal challenge to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ legislative prayer practice can proceed.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which is sponsoring the litigation along with American Atheists, welcomed the decision in Fields v. Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Americans United presented arguments before a federal court Feb. 22 on behalf of a group of Pennsylvania residents and non-theist organizations that are seeking the right to offer non-theistic invocations prior to meetings of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
I recently heard some interesting news from my hometown in suburban Pittsburgh: A Ten Commandments monument that was the subject of a federal court battle has been removed from the grounds of a public high school.
A former public school bus driver in Pennsylvania is arguing that her employer violated her religious freedom by terminating her after she refused to comply with recently passed state background check requirements that included providing fingerprints.