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Written by Don Byrd, these updates bring together the latest news impacting the conversation around religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

Former National Security Adviser Flynn calls for 'one religion'

Former National Security Adviser Flynn calls for ‘one religion’

Even in these divided times, many onlookers -- including prominent Christian conservative leaders -- were shocked and condemned such a brazen call from Michael Flynn to unite America under a single religion.
Supreme Court justices ponder questions of sincerity, safety, in execution chamber arguments

Supreme Court justices ponder questions of sincerity, safety, in execution chamber arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Ramirez v. Collier, in which a death row inmate in Texas is challenging the state’s refusal to allow a minister to lay hands on him and pray audibly during his execution.
U.S. Supreme Court declines to halt vaccine requirement for Maine health care workers seeking religious exemption

U.S. Supreme Court declines to halt vaccine requirement for Maine health care workers seeking religious exemption

By a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court last week refused to issue an emergency injunction sought by a group of Maine health care workers against the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
House subcommittees hold joint hearing on vaccine mandates and employee accommodations

House subcommittees hold joint hearing on vaccine mandates and employee accommodations

Watch as several members of Congress raise the difficult issue of how to handle employee requests for religious exemptions to vaccine mandates.
Federal courts reach divergent outcomes in health care worker vaccine disputes while class action challenges federal mandate

Federal courts reach divergent outcomes in health care worker vaccine disputes while class action challenges federal mandate

As these cases suggest, the controversy over religious objections to COVID-19 vaccine mandates appears sure to continue expanding.
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear bid to fly Christian flag at Boston City Hall

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear bid to fly Christian flag at Boston City Hall

The Supreme Court will hear a case brought by a civic organization challenging Boston's denial of their request to fly a Christian flag temporarily outside city hall.
BJC joins brief in Supreme Court case involving prisoner’s request for ministerial act during lethal injection

BJC joins brief in Supreme Court case involving prisoner’s request for ministerial act during lethal injection

Ramirez v. Collier was brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which bars state and local governments from posing a substantial burden on the religious free exercise of inmates unless that burden is necessary to further a compelling government interest.
NY judge: Muslim women’s suit over forced removal of hijab for booking photo can proceed for money damages

NY judge: Muslim women’s suit over forced removal of hijab for booking photo can proceed for money damages

Two Muslim women are challenging the policy of the New York Police Department that requires arrestees to remove religious headwear for their booking photo.
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