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Legal News
1 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Santa Monica, California, city ordinance [municipal code] prohibiting unattended exhibits in Palisades Park, deciding against the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee [advocacy website]. The committee had been granted a "winter display" exception … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found [National Post report] that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court [official website] on Friday sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws [text] made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jan 2015
by Azadeh Shahshahani of ACLU of Georgia

JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani, of the ACLU of Georgia, discusses a recent controversy surrounding a mosque in Georgia ... Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments from some residents, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday reversed [opinion, PDF] the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin Court [official website] decision [opinion, PDF] that a portion of the tax code giving clergy housing allowances, is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs challenged 26 … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Alberta Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [text] Tuesday in favor of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], ordering that he be transferred from a federal penitentiary to a provincial correctional facility. Khadr, a Canadian citizen now age 27, was captured by US … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees on Thursday filed [motion, PDF] an emergency application in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the government from depriving the inmates of the right to pray communally during the month of Ramadan. Lawyers … [read more]


Professional Commentary
25 Jun 2014
by Joshua Block of American Civil Liberties Union

JURIST Guest Columnist Joshua Block of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses whether colleges and universities should be forced to officially recognize and fund student groups who discriminate... Should colleges and universities be forced to officially recognize—and provide funding to—religious student groups with membership policies that discriminate based on race, … [read more]


Student Commentary
19 May 2014
by Michael Blissenbach of University of St. Thomas School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Blissenbach, University of St. Thomas School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events and argues that his veto of the bill … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the practice of opening town meetings with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause [JURIST backgrounder] of the First Amendment [text]. The US Court of Appeals for the … [read more]


Student Commentary
1 May 2014
by Aaron Spencer of Temple University Beasley School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Aaron Spencer, Temple University Beasley School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events . . .The First Amendment begins, "Congress shall make no … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe [official website] vetoed a bill [text] on Friday that would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events. The bill would also codify students' right to organize prayer groups, clubs or events, to wear religious jewelry or clothing … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the lawsuit in question is not a "mass action" suit under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) [text] of 2005, reversing the previous holding [opinion, PDF] of … [read more]


Features
15 Nov 2013

On November 6, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard [PDF] arguments on the constitutionality of legislative prayer. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that an opening prayer in a town meeting amounted to the government endorsing Christianity. Therefore, the town's … [read more]


Features
15 Nov 2013

Federal courts have deliberated a surfeit of cases implicating the Establishment Clause and recent contests have focused on both the relationships between private groups exercising religious customs and government action and possible endorsement. As evinced by this snapshot of recent developments, the federal courts questions pertaining to various religious practices … [read more]


Features
15 Nov 2013

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment bars the US government from making any law regarding the establishment of religion. Traditionally, the Establishment Clause has been seen as forbidding the government from establishing a national religion as well as prohibiting any preferential treatment of one religion over another. The government … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In Town of Greece v. Galloway [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether legislative prayer violates the First Amendment [text], specifically the Establishment Clause. On appeal from the US Court … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Enver Hasani of the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, argues that regime change in Syria will represent a profound geopolitical shift...In the past two years we have grown accustomed to the violence in Syria. However, the latest reaction of the Western world towards the massive poisoning of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr [official website], filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] on Thursday urging the US Supreme Court [official website] to allow prayer at town meetings. The Obama administration is supporting the petitioner in the upcoming case of Town of Greece v. Galloway [SCOTUSblog backgrounder]. … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The Egyptian Revolution began on January 25, 2011, when demonstrations arose throughout Egypt, including tens of thousands protesters gathering in the country's capital, Cairo. Inspired by the successful revolution in Tunisia that ended with the resignation of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, Egyptian demonstrators demanded that Mubarak … [read more]

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