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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.

Trump administration announces guidance on prayer in school, new regulations on faith-based partnerships

Trump administration announces guidance on prayer in school, new regulations on faith-based partnerships

The rhetoric surrounding the new guidance, which sounded a false alarm about the status of prayer in public school, echoing the claims of Christian nationalism, was far more troubling than the guidance itself.
Appeals court hears oral argument on religious school funding dispute in Maine

Appeals court hears oral argument on religious school funding dispute in Maine

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument earlier this month in yet another funding case that explores the limits of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran.
U.S. Supreme Court to decide ministerial exception cases involving religious school teachers

U.S. Supreme Court to decide ministerial exception cases involving religious school teachers

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a pair of cases involving job discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act brought by teachers at religious schools. The Court ruled on the ministerial exception in 2012.
Update: In Campaign Speech at Florida church, President Trump vows to take action on prayer in school

Update: In Campaign Speech at Florida church, President Trump vows to take action on prayer in school

A campaign rally for President Trump at an Apostolic church in Miami is drawing scrutiny, including calls for the IRS to investigate due to the church’s tax-exempt status.
Top church-state stories of 2019

Top church-state stories of 2019

Don Byrd takes a look at the top nine religious liberty stories of 2019 -- from Christian nationalism to Supreme Court decisions.
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India’s new citizenship law excludes Muslims, leading to mass protests, violence

Violent clashes between protestors and police have erupted across India in response to a new law that grants citizenship to immigrants from certain surrounding countries but specifically excludes Muslims from eligibility.
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Justice Department supports religious discrimination lawsuit over school voucher exclusion

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a “Statement of Interest” in the case supporting a federal lawsuit challenging the exclusion of a religious school from a state-funded voucher program.
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New survey confirms again: Americans don’t want to mix election politics and religion

A new Pew Research survey shows yet again that Americans want religion to stay out of the world of electoral politics.
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