Ten Commandment Monuments Continue to Generate Controversy

Ten Commandment Monuments Continue to Generate Controversy

Written by Don Byrd What is it about the Ten Commandments? It seems like hardly a month goes by without some courthouse, state capitol, city municipal building, or public school building becoming the site of an effort to display – or to remove a display –...
Trinity Lutheran Church Case May Have Swift Impact

Trinity Lutheran Church Case May Have Swift Impact

Written by Don Byrd In Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, the court held that even though the Missouri Constitution bars taxpayer funding of religion, the state cannot use Trinity Lutheran’s status as a...
10th Circuit: New Mexico Ten Commandments Monument Unconstitutional

10th Circuit: New Mexico Ten Commandments Monument Unconstitutional

Written by Don Byrd [Update 10/19/17: The U.S. Supreme Court has denied cert in the case involving the Bloomfield Ten Commandments monument, leaving in place the 10th Circuit opinion described below.] Last week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unconstitutional...
The State RFRA Bill Tracker is Back!

The State RFRA Bill Tracker is Back!

Written by Don Byrd Many state legislatures are back in session this month and that means the usual influx of religion-related bills, including some efforts to enact or amend state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA). In 2015, I created a page to track the many...