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Supreme Court’s Historic Immigration Decision in Trump v. Hawaii

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Trump’s immigration policy in a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, holding that the entry restrictions from seven terror-prone nations codified in Presidential Proclamation 9645 is consistent with federal law and the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

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Trump Travel Ban Has Good Day at Supreme Court

President Donald Trump had a good day at the Supreme Court on Wednesday in the “travel ban” case involving immigrants from terror-prone nations, as a majority of the justices seemed to signal their agreement with the president’s lawyers on key points.

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Supreme Court Takes Historic Case on Trump Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted review in the legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s permanent policy restricting entry into the United States from the residents of eight terror-prone nations, in what will be a historic case on presidential authority, national security, the role of the courts in immigration, and the Constitution’s guarantee of religious liberty.

Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, Bladensburg, Md.

Fourth Circuit: 90-Year-Old Cross-Shaped Monument to WW1 Dead Is Illegal

Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered the removal of a Bladensburg, Maryland, World War I memorial because its 40-foot tall cross shape violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reversing a lower court ruling that would have preserved the monument and drawing impassioned reactions from litigants and observers throughout the week.

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Ten Commandments Case

The Supreme Court on Monday denied review in a major constitutional case involving a Ten Commandments display, leading experts to speculate as to when the Court will take on the “big one” on what the Constitution requires regarding faith in the public square.

WATCH: Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians

WATCH: Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians

Several students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison admit that Muslims should not be forced by law to do business with Christians. Those same students, however, had a hard time agreeing that Christians or conservative Americans have the right to decline work that conflicts with their conscience or religion.

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order with small business leaders in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on January 30, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

VA Federal Judge Holds Immigration EO Violates Establishment Clause

A federal district judge in Virginia has ruled that President Trump’s Executive Order 13,769 (EO) violates the Constitution’s First Amendment, guaranteeing that the government shall not establish an official religion, in terms that are likely to carry over into any replacement order Trump may issue in the coming days.

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Texas AG OK’s Prayer in Court Over Atheist Group’s Objections

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion stating it does not violate the Establishment Clause to open a court session with the statement “God save the State of Texas and this Honorable Court” or to open court with a prayer, or have a volunteer chaplain program to facilitate those prayers. An atheist group from Wisconsin had complained about the practice.

Highway sign in Hondo, Texas, that reads "This is God's country, please don't drive through it like hell."

Wisconsin Atheists Trying To Tell Small Texas Town to Remove Signs Mentioning God

Texans are an independent bunch and do not take kindly to people from other states trying to tell them what to do. The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants Hondo, Texas, to remove its distinctly recognizable signs that say “Welcome. This is God’s Country. Please Don’t Drive Through it Like Hell.”

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Federal Court Bans Cross from Los Angeles Seal

A federal court ruled Thursday that the Los Angeles County supervisors violated the Constitution in 2014 when they voted to restore a small cross to the county seal. The cross appeared on a depiction of a historic mission building.

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Atheist Group Objects to Muslim Prayer Spaces at University of Iowa

A litigious atheist organization known for its lawsuits challenging Christian prayer and symbols in public spaces and Bibles in public schools is now voicing objection to the designation of a Muslim prayer space at the University of Iowa (UI).

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Texas Cops Say City Infringing on Religious Rights by Refusing Bible Study

For years, police officers in the Beaumont Police Department have held a voluntary Bible study at the police station during their lunch hour. The City of Beaumont has now demanded that the officers cease doing so. The officers are sending a pre-suit letter saying the city is infringing on their religious rights.