Neither appraisal district nor religious organization established entitlement to MSJ on tax exemption question regarding elderly housing, so full case remanded says 1st Court of Appeals

National Church Residences of Alief, TX v. Harris County Appraisal District, 01-15-00900-CV (Tex. App- Houston [ 1st Dist.] August 9, 2016) This is a tax exemption case where the First District Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s order denying … Continue reading

Policy against preaching Christian beliefs in class is not evidence of religious discrimination says Austin Court of Appeals

Dr. James Jones v. Angelo State University, 03-14-00112-CV (Tex. App. – Austin, December 18, 2015). This is a religious discrimination/failure-to-accommodate in employment dispute where the Austin Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part the granting of the … Continue reading

Religious freedom plaintiffs’ claims are moot after ISD altered policy says Beaumont Court of Appeals.

Kountze Independent School District v. Coti Matthews, 09-13-00251-CV (Tex. App. — Beaumont, May 8, 2014). This is a religious freedom case brought to the court of appeals as an interlocutory appeal from the denial of a plea to the jurisdiction.  … Continue reading

Legislative prayer at city council meetings has historical support, ceremonial purpose and is permissible says U.S. Supreme Court.

Town of Greece v. Galloway, 12-696 (U.S. May 5, 2014) This is a First Amendment/Establishment Clause case where citizens challenged the Town’s use of a particular prayer at council meetings. The trial court dismissed the claims, but the 2nd Circuit … Continue reading