Religious Symbols (22)
News on the law and religious symbols
03/13/13 ... The Freedom From Religion Foundation and 19 other plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and other officials to remove "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency. Plaintiffs are represented by lawyer and atheist Michael Newdow.
Previous efforts to challenge U.S. currency were unsuccessful.
12/14/12 ... An assisted living community has settled a religious discrimination case filed by the EEOC on behalf of a Muslim nurse who was apparently not hired because of her head covering.
12/13/12 ... A Muslim cab driver is suing the city of St. Louis because he is being required to comply with a dress code that does not allow his religious headgear.
11/01/12 ... A California school district has decided to ban political campaigning and religious speech from school newspapers and yearbooks, including ads. Singling out religious speech is likely to be a constitutional problem called viewpoint discrimination.
10/29/12 ... The superintendent in Roseville Joint Union now has the right to approve the advertising content in school newspapers and yearbooks, and to prohibit political campaigning and religious symbols. The policy is based on a California School Boards Association policy. An attorney advocate comments that the CSBA model policy is poorly written, though the ban on religious symbols was Roseville's own special tweak.
10/24/12 ... LSU airbrushed out tiny crosses painted on students to avoid conveying any religious or political message in its mass email. This has caused a furor. The Painted Posse is encouraging others to join them in wearing crosses.
10/29/12 ... LSU digitally erased tiny crosses from a photo of the "Painted Posse," a group of students rooting for the team, to avoid the possibility of offending someone. This caused an uproar from football fans across the country. While the university has apologized, it has also stated that no religious symbols are welcome. The Painted Posse plans to keep wearing crosses.
10/22/12 ... The Painted Posse, a group of Christian students at LSU, paint their bodies with LSU colors and small crosses for their home games. They were surprised to see their photo sent out in a school email, but with their crosses digitally erased. The school admitted to air-brushing the photo to avoid making religious or political statements.
09/20/12 ... A Cleveland jury convicted 16 persons of federal hate crimes for forcibly cutting beard and head hair from Amish practitioners with whom they disagreed. The culprits held the victims down and forcibly cut or shaved their hair.