In the News: Breaking Religious Freedom Stories Across the Country

December 16, 2022
Fli Insider | In the News

Catch up on the latest and most important religious freedom headlines around the web.

FLI Client Chabad of the Beaches in legal battle to keep property in Atlantic Beach

Jeremy Dys, our attorney representing the group in a federal case, says this is a matter of religious freedom: “The village of Atlantic Beach is denying the very promise of the Constitution of the United States of America to Rabbi Goodman and his group to be able to freely exercise their faith on the very property they own.”

Do Gen Z’s views on religion put the future of religious freedom at risk?

Deseret News reports that Gen Z is less likely to support religious freedom than previous generations. Unfortunately, only 47% remember that religious freedom is protected in the First Amendment. Gen Z might also feel more positive about religious freedom after learning more about its place in the civil rights landscape, according to leaders from The Becket Fund. They recommended this kind of education for all Americans in the intro to the new report, noting that many people are confused about what the Constitution says about faith.

Catholic healthcare providers can’t be forced to do gender surgeries

Reuters reports: The Biden administration cannot force a group of Catholic healthcare providers and professionals to perform gender transition surgeries under an Obama-era regulation barring sex discrimination in healthcare… A unanimous three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a North Dakota federal judge who said the U.S. Health and Human Services rule infringes on the religious freedoms of the plaintiffs.

Meet Lt. Col. Michael Berry: Father Of Four, 18 Years Of Service, And A Victim Of Biden’s Vaccine Tyranny

The Federalist published a special story about FLI attorney, Director of Military Affairs, and Vice President, Mike Berry. Here’s a brief excerpt: “Enter Lt. Col. Michael Berry, a father of four with 18 years of military service and one of the countless victims of Biden’s vaccine tyranny. Berry was inspired to join the United States Marine Corps nearly two decades ago because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, and from 2009-2012 he served as an adjunct professor of law at the United States Naval Academy. When the Marine Corps issued its Covid-19 vaccine mandate in 2021, Berry applied for a religious exemption with the written support of his immediate commander.

Veterans Affairs sued over new abortion rule after Roe rollback that allegedly violates religious liberty

Fox News on our latest case involving the Veterans Affairs and religious liberty rights: The Department of Veterans Affairs faces a lawsuit over a new agency rule that allows it to provide abortion services. The plaintiff of the suit says the rule violates the First Amendment’s religious freedom protections for providers seeking a religious exemption to the rule.

Law firm claims NH university discriminates against religious student group: ‘Had ample warning’

Fox News reports: First Liberty Institute, a law firm dedicated to protecting religious freedom, announced a new formal complaint against the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (“UNH Law”) over apparent discrimination against a student coalition on Monday. UNH Law’s Student Bar Association (“SBA”) has been limiting the organization by refusing to formally recognize the group and pressuring faculty advisors to withdraw membership.

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