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US Supreme Court backs prayers during government meetings

US Supreme Court backs prayers during government meetings

Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014 12:55

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that opening public meetings with prayer does not automatically violate the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion.

US Supreme Court to hear council prayers case

US Supreme Court to hear council prayers case

Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:04

Tomorrow (6 November) the United States Supreme Court will consider whether opening council meetings with prayers is legal.

American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies

American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies

Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:33

A group promoting fundamentalist Christian values in the United States is demanding the right to deliver "inspirational messages" during public school assemblies.

US Catholics bishops condemned for trying to impose their dogmas through law

US Catholics bishops condemned for trying to impose their dogmas through law

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:09

An open letter issued by the American Catholic Bishops Conference which seeks legal restrictions on abortion and contraception has been condemned as "Orwellian" by the Catholics for Choice organisation.

Does the closure of leading “gay-cure” ministry signal a change of direction for America’s Religious Right?

Does the closure of leading “gay-cure” ministry signal a change of direction for America’s Religious Right?

Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:10

Exodus International, one of the oldest "gay-cure" ministries in America, is closing down after admitting that it has hurt and damaged thousands of homosexuals.

More Americans think religion is losing its influence

More Americans think religion is losing its influence

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:35

Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.

Vermont approves doctor-assisted suicide

Vermont approves doctor-assisted suicide

Posted: Wed, 22 May 2013 13:59

The Governor of Vermont this week signed into law a new bill legalising doctor-assisted suicide. This makes it the third US state to approve such legislation.

Council prayers challenged in the United States

Council prayers challenged in the United States

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2013 17:25

The US Supreme Court is to consider whether prayers can be offered as part of government meetings.

Obama renews mandate of “faith-based council” and allows religious discrimination to continue

Obama renews mandate of “faith-based council” and allows religious discrimination to continue

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:22

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order extending the Faith-Based Advisory Council without addressing employment discrimination among many of the faith-based organisations that receive federal funding through the programme.

Most Americans still favour separation of church and state

Most Americans still favour separation of church and state

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:03

A nationwide Yougov poll for the Huffington Post in the United States shows that one-third of respondents would like to see Christianity as the state religion.

Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:43

President Barack Obama called a conscience clause for military chaplains in the National Defence Authorization Act "unnecessary and ill-advised."

Why US Catholics are leaving the Church

Why US Catholics are leaving the Church

Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:32

A survey of lapsed Catholics in the USA has tried to get to the root of why they abandoned the church. Their answers were not very surprising.

Council prayers ban upheld in US

Council prayers ban upheld in US

Posted: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:33

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the North Carolina County Board who were seeking to overturn a ban on sectarian prayers before public government meetings.

US school ordered to remove prayer banner

US school ordered to remove prayer banner

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:45

A US District Court Judge has ruled that a prayer mural located in the auditorium of a Rhode Island High school is unconstitutional and has given the school 10 days to remove it.

Religion and government must not mix in America, say experts

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:07

Senior academics in the United States have stressed that separation of church and state in public life is essential to ensure that U.S.citizens retain their civil liberties.