Supreme Court Religion Cases – Battles Won, More to Come; Mass Graves at Religious Schools in Canada; How Religion Affected the 2020 Election; Government Measures Exacerbate India’s Religious Divide; Sikhs Come to Aid of COVID victims in India; Decline of Christians Slows
Supreme Court Religion Cases – Battles Won, More to Come
This past Supreme Court term, Religious Liberty triumphed for the most part. In Tanzin v. Tanvir justices ruled 8-0 in favor of Muslim men who were placed on the FBI’s no-fly list. As a result, people of faith will now be able to seek monetary damages from individual government employees. In Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, Christian college students fought their school’s speech policy and justices ruled 8-1 that lawsuits can continue even after the government has abandoned the policy or behavior that prompted the suit. In Tandon v. Newsom, the court granted relief to houses of worship challenging the state of California’s lockdown rules and outlined a new approach to free exercise litigation. And in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, justices unanimously ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services, enabling the faith-based foster care agency to continue partnering with the city despite the agency’s refusal to complete assessments of same-sex couples, saying the government cannot refuse to offer religious accommodations to laws when it’s willing to offer other types of exceptions. Next term, 10 more cases with religious implications are on the slate of cases, including a case from Maine in which parents are suing for tuition money for religious education.
Mass Graves Found at Religious Schools in Canada
A Canadian Indigenous group said Wednesday a search using ground-penetrating radar has found 182 human remains in unmarked graves at a site near a former Catholic Church-run residential school that housed Indigenous children taken from their families. The latest discovery of graves near Cranbrook, British Columbia follows reports of similar findings at two other such church-run schools, one of more than 600 unmarked graves and another of 215 bodies. Cranbrook is 524 miles (843 kilometers) east of Vancouver. Currently government, religious and other sources of records are being sought to understand what happened.
Government Measures Exacerbate India’s Religious Divide
How Religion Affected the 2020 Election
Sikhs Come to Aid of COVID victims in India
As the United States begins to emerge from the COVID pandemic, India is in the midst of it. Sikhs are providing oxygen concentrators free of charge to many hospitals around the country. Sikhs have long held “langars” or kitchens offering free food, and now they are holding “oxygen langars,” as well.
Decline of Christians Slows
The 2020 Census of American Religion conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute revealed that the decline of White Christians and the Rise of the religiously unaffiliated have both slowed. The survey was based on interviews with more than 500,000 respondents between 2013 and 2020, the census report reveals the shifting dynamics of American religious affiliation across geography, race and ethnicity, age, and political affiliation over the last decade. It provides the most detailed estimates of American religious affiliation since the U.S. Census Bureau last collected religious data in 1957.