A Minnesota judge on Monday approved a settlement in a landmark sexual abuse case involving Catholic church leaders that neglected to warn parishioners about an abusive priest. The plaintiffs accused the church leaders of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn the parishioners, which is the ...[read more]
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled to officially recognize the Church of Scientology as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications were either ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. discusses the First Amendment and the "extended use" of public schools ...
The Framers saw the two religious freedoms secured by the First Amendment as being in harmony: the prohibition against a government- ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Ayesha Khan of Americans United for Separation of Church and State discusses the contraceptive coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act and the current cases challenging the requirement ...
On April 24, JURIST ran a column by Joseph LaRue of the Alliance Defending ...[read more]
The Vatican appeared before the Geneva committee that oversees the UN Convention Against Torture on Monday, arguing that a strict interpretation of the convention limited the church's responsibility for the international priest sex abuse scandal. The universal governing structure of the Catholic ...[read more]
The United Church of Christ (UCC) on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban on the grounds that it restricts freedom of religion. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of UCC reverends and same-sex ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom describes the motivation behind Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and the impact Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's veto of SB 1062 could have on the residents of Arizona...Suppose members of the white-supremacist Aryan Nation Church ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law considers the life and times of the late First Amendment advocate-antagonist Fred Phelps ...JURIST has previously examined the strident First Amendment struggles of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), founded in Topeka, KS in 1955, that ...[read more]
A court in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday sentenced former Rwandan mayor Onesphore Rwabukombe,to 14 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Rwabukombe was convicted of ordering the April 11, 1994, massacre of between 400 and 1200 ethnic Tutsis who had taken refuge from ethnic ...[read more]
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday unanimously reversed the conviction of a priest for his failure to protect children from a sexual predator and ordered he be released from prison. Monsignor William Lynn, the first senior US Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty for covering ...[read more]