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Cross in seal of US county ‘plainly constitutional,’ rules appeals court

Lehigh County seal

RNS A federal appeals court in the US has ruled in favor of a Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, seal that contains a cross, citing a recent Supreme Court decision. The unanimous ruling by the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals, issued Thursday, overturns a lower court decision that found the seal violated the establishment clause of […]

In the US, atheist watchdog drops fight to halt clergy housing allowance

Clergy allowance graphic

RNS The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dropped its long-running fight against the clergy housing allowance permitted by the US Government. “We have full confidence in the legal merits of our challenge of the discriminatory pastoral housing allowance privileges,” the Wisconsin-based atheist watchdog announced last week. The clergy housing allowance remains intact for now. PICTURE: Mohamed Hassan/Creative […]