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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.

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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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Ohio House passes bill addressing religious expression in public schools

The Ohio House advanced legislation that purports to protect the religious liberty of public school students, but includes provisions giving students the same right to engage in religious activities and expression that they have to secular activities and expression.
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BJC urges U.S. Supreme Court to continue distinct treatment of religion in the law

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that asks whether a Montana state provision that bars the government from funding religious institutions unconstitutionally discriminates against religion by denying funding to religious institutions that is available to secular institutions.
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Federal court invalidates new HHS rule offering conscience protections for health care providers

A new rule issued by the Trump administration, which grants broad conscience protections to medical institutions and personnel who object to providing certain medical services on religious or moral grounds, has been vacated by a federal judge in New York.
Execution of Buddhist inmate in Texas halted again over flaws in revised chaplain policy

Execution of Buddhist inmate in Texas halted again over flaws in revised chaplain policy

A federal judge again halted Patrick Murphy's execution, saying the new Texas chaplain policy still fails constitutional scrutiny because it treats inmates of minority faiths differently than those of other faiths
New HHS rule would allow child placement discrimination based on religion

New HHS rule would allow child placement discrimination based on religion

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would roll back protections for couples seeking to adopt or foster children.
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Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses organization’s T-shirt refusal lawsuit for lack of standing

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that only individuals – and not organizations – are allowed to bring a suit for violations of Lexington's non-discrimination law but did not resolve the underlying issue of whether businesses that are open to the public can discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
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