State/Church FAQ

State/Church FAQ

A court has ordered that my ex-spouse has the right to take my son/daughter to a church, religious school or other religious event with which I disagree. What are my rights?

Family law, custody battles, etc., are beyond the purview of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its purposes.

While we are very sympathetic to the plight of a nonreligious parent who sees a child being indoctrinated with religion, or resents having to pay for religious schooling, our staff has no background or expertise in family law matters. The Foundation cannot represent you, advise you or refer you to secular family law attorneys. Please seek this important advice from the attorney who is representing you in your divorce, custody battle, etc.

A store is offering a discount or promotion for bringing in a church bulletin. Is that legal?

Often FFRF will receive complaints from members that a private-owned business in their area is offering a discount to customers who present a church bulletin. These “church bulletin discounts” show up as promotions at a variety of businesses including restaurants or grocery stores for anyone demonstrating their status as a believer or church attendee.

I am tired of stores and restaurants playing gospel music. I feel this violates my right to 'freedom of religion.' Is there anything that can be done about it?

This is a consumer complaint, not a state/church violation. As a consumer, you have power. Indicate you have spent money in this store and are a good patron, but are made to feel uncomfortable and like an outsider by the music and will not return if they continue to make you pay to be proselytized!

My state/town has a law restricting the sale of certain items on Sundays. Is this legal?

Many states and local governments have established a variety of laws restricting the sale of certain goods on Sundays. An example of a law of this kind, which collectively have become known as “blue laws,” would be a law declaring that it shall be illegal to sell alcohol on Sundays. These laws may also include mandatory store closings on Sunday.

Religion in the workplace — Is it legal?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation specializes in cases concerning the separation of religion and government. Private employment disputes fall outside the purview of FFRF and its purpose. If your complaint concerns a state or federal agency, please read through our FAQ and then contact us with your specific concern. FFRF staff attorneys cannot represent you in private employment disputes.


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