The arrest of a pastor intensifies the debate over whether religious gatherings should, or even must, be exempt from public health orders. While some states and local governments have made a point of explicitly allowing religious gatherings to occur, others have not.
Following the Bladensburg cross case decision, the justices sent the Pensacola case back to the 11th Circuit for reconsideration. There can be no doubt that the Bladensburg cross decision – as narrow as it may have been written – redrew constitutional boundaries when it comes to government-owned religious displays.
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.
The new bill in Florida (where school districts are already authorized to offer Bible-related classes) would go further that some other states by requiring school districts to offer electives on religion and on the Bible to high school students.
A new school voucher system recently signed into law in Florida will send tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to fund private school tuition, including religious education.