A roundup of recent local stories from around the country related to religious liberty: New lawsuits in Texas and South Carolina; a discrimination ordinance gets a controversial change in a Kentucky town; and a Sikh bus driver gets justice after ten years of harassment on the job.
The D.C. Circuit upheld U.S. House chaplain Patrick Conroy’s determination that House rules require invocations opening the legislative day to be religious in nature.
There is no constitutional requirement that a legislature open with prayer. But if they must, honoring today’s legislators, let alone today’s citizens, calls for an inclusive approach.
In an editorial, the LATimes argues that the practice of opening government meetings with prayer “marginalizes religious minorities and blurs the distinction between church and state.
Last week federal appeals courts in two church-state cases declined to revisit panel decisions, leaving those rulings intact and setting up potential appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.