Texas Nativity Scene Will Stay on Courthouse Lawn

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has issued a complaint over a nativity scene appearing on the lawn of a Texas county courthouse.

The group asserts the display may be unconstitutional. The local judge, however, says the nativity scene is not going anywhere and will continue to be on display through the Christmas season.

Read more here.

NY Town Asks Supreme Court to Weigh Bizarre Lower Court Ruling

A New York town’s policy about opening town meetings with prayer was struck down by an appeals court last May. In a bizarre twist, the court instructed the town to invite non-Christian clergy from neighboring communities to open its meetings with invocations because the town consists primarily of Christians, and local non-Christians may feel left out by Christian prayers.

Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Alliance Defending Freedom thinks so, and its attorneys have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on this ruling.

Read more here.

Students, Know Your Rights as You Head Back to School

Students, as you head back to school, know your religious and free speech rights both in and out of the classroom.

Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund) has assembled two web pages listing some infringements students have experienced. The web page for primary schools is here. The web page for higher education is here.

Also, check out the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).