Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit
Jul 8, 2020

By Jessica Gresko The Supreme Court sided with two Catholic schools in a ruling Wednesday underscoring that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination. The high court’s ruling was 7-2, with two liberal justices joining the conservative majority for the schools. The justices had previously said in …

Despite a culture ‘entrenched in fear,’ LGBTQ students find ways to thrive at Liberty University
Jun 30, 2020

By Jack Jenkins When LeeQuan McLaurin enrolled at Liberty University as an undergraduate in 2012, he was still trying to understand his sexuality. So McLaurin, a Christian who now identifies as queer, did what many students at the conservative Christian school do: He joined a Bible study. Specifically, he joined “Armor Bearers,” which McLaurin said …

Supreme Court opens door to state funding for religious schools
Jun 30, 2020

By Ariane de Vogue and Devan Cole In a ruling that will open the door to more public funding for religious education, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of parents in Montana seeking to use a state scholarship program to send their children to religious schools. The court said that a Montana tax credit program …

A Former Liberty U. Staffer Wants to Help Others Escape Jerry Falwell’s Racism
Jun 11, 2020

By Hemant Mehta After Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. tweeted a racist picture featuring one man in blackface and another in a KKK costume, all as part of some pathetic attempt at a political joke, Black staffers have resigned and spoke out about how ashamed they are by his actions. The most vocal critics of Falwell, however, are usually people who have …

In Changing U.S. Electorate, Race and Education Remain Stark Dividing Lines
Jun 9, 2020 · 1 

By the Pew Research Center Republicans hold wide advantages in party identification among several groups of voters, including white men without a college degree, people living in rural communities in the South and those who frequently attend religious services. Democrats hold formidable advantages among a contrasting set of voters, such as black women, residents of …

The Supreme Court Could Make Contraception Access Even Worse on Catholic Campuses
May 19, 2020

By Lexi McMenamin While most media coverage of the almost decade-long legal battle against the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control benefit focuses on the impact it might have on workers, I know from personal experience the impact it might have on college campuses, especially Catholic schools. Last week, the Little Sisters of the Poor …

Supreme Court Weighs Whether Parochial Schools Are Exempt From Fair Employment Laws
May 11, 2020

By Nina Totenberg For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court is tackling a major religion case. This time the question is whether lay teachers at parochial schools are exempt from the nation’s fair employment laws. But the court’s eventual decision could reach beyond teachers, affecting the lives of millions of other employees …

Child sex abuse in Pakistan’s religious schools is endemic
Apr 15, 2020

By Kathy Gannon Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor. School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he faithfully attended in the …

Union-Busting in the Name of God
Apr 2, 2020

By Amy Littlefield Betsy Pingree has been living with friends for free because she can’t afford an apartment while finishing her dissertation on the precarious conditions of migrant laborers in the 20th century. Standing with fellow graduate-student workers at Boston College who are demanding recognition of their union, she acknowledged the irony. Like many in …

Falwell Holds One-Man-Stand As Coronavirus Fears, Criticism Rain Down On Liberty U
Mar 31, 2020

By Kate Riga After nearly 2,000 students flooded back to Liberty University fresh off of spring break, the school’s president Jerry Falwell is mounting a one-man stand against the governor, local officials and The New York Times. The doctor who runs Liberty University’s student health service, Dr. Thomas Eppes, told the New York Times that already at …

Liberty University students report symptoms that suggest coronavirus: report
Mar 30, 2020

By John Bowden Around a dozen students at Virginia’s Liberty University have reported being sick with symptoms that are consistent with the coronavirus. The school’s director of student health services told The New York Times in an interview that nearly a dozen students had reported symptoms similar to those experienced in confirmed coronavirus cases, with three of those …

Teen with lesbian moms forced to listen to anti-LGBTQ “sermons” before school basketball practice
Mar 27, 2020

By Alex Bollinger In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, two mothers in Tennessee allege that their son’s middle school basketball coach forced kids to attend his sermons in order to stay on the team. The lawsuit, filed by the mothers who identified themselves only as “K.K.” and “K.K.,” says that their son signed up …