Civil Rights

Protesters and counter-protesters hold signs at the women's march

Civil Rights Groups Question New Religious Liberty Task Force

August 4, 2018

During the Justice Department’s Religious Liberty Summit Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” designed to interpret and enforce a set of religious liberty guidelines instituted under the Trump administration.

“A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom,” Sessions said Monday. “We have gotten to the point where...

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Baker Refusing Same-Sex Couple

July 5, 2017

Last Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a Colorado baker who holds that his refusal to make a same-sex wedding cake was not discrimination, but rather an expression of his freedom of speech.

The case centers around a 2012 encounter between baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, and couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig. Because same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Colorado, Mullins and Craig were planning to marry in Massachusetts but to celebrate the union in Colorado. When they asked Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop...

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Federal Court Rules Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion

Federal Court Rules Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion

April 19, 2016

Last week, a federal court ruled that Pastafarianism—the religion of those who profess belief in the deity of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM)—is not a real religion. 

The religion came into popularity when the Kansas State Board of Education gave preliminary approval for schools to teach alternative theories to evolution, including the theory of intelligent design. Bobby Henderson, then a 25-year-old with a bachelor’s degree in physics, wrote an open letter to the Kansas board...

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