Church-state news digest: April 23, 2014

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Church-state news digest: April 23, 2014

Take a look at today’s church-state headlines from news outlets across the country.

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Groups Turning to State Law to Make Claims Against Use of “Under God”

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Groups Turning to State Law to Make Claims Against Use of “Under God”

Written by Don Byrd
Federal courts have consistently ruled constitutional the use of “Under God” in public school recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Church-state news digest: April 22, 2014

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Church-state news digest: April 22, 2014

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Greece v. Galloway resource page

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Greece v. Galloway resource page

Here are the resources from the Baptist Joint Committee regarding Town of Greece v. Galloway, a Supreme Court case about official prayer at local government meetings. The BJC filed a brief opposing the practice as a violation of religious liberty.

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Louisiana Legislator Pulls State Book Bill

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Louisiana Legislator Pulls State Book Bill

Written by Don Byrd
On second thought, Louisiana State Representative Thomas Carmody has decided to end his bid to make the Holy Bible the official state book, just ahead of a scheduled vote of the House yesterday.

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Church-state news digest: April 21, 2014

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Church-state news digest: April 21, 2014

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Details will Determine Propriety of New Public School Bible Curriculum Offering

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Details will Determine Propriety of New Public School Bible Curriculum Offering

Written by Don Byrd
Hobby Lobby founder Steve Green has already made a name for himself in the world of constitutional law by bringing the contraception coverage lawsuit the U.S. Supreme Court will decide later this year.

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New Hampshire Supreme Court Debates Aid to Religious Schools Program

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New Hampshire Supreme Court Debates Aid to Religious Schools Program

Written by Don Byrd
The New Hampshire Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in a challenge to the state’s tuition tax credit program. Businesses in the state are receiving tax credits for paying private school tuition through a scholarship incentive program. Because many of those funds are going to religious schools, plaintiffs argue the scheme violates the provision in New Hampshire’s Constitution barring public aid for religious education.

Are tax credits for religious education the same as tax money flowing to religious schools? That was a focus of the debate…

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