Religious Liberty

  • Allysza Castile (Philando's sister) speaking outside the Ramsey County Courthouse in St Paul, MN after a not guilty verdict was reached in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the killing of Philando Castile last July.
(Photo: Lorie Shaull. CC-BY SA 2.0.)
  • Blessed are the Peacemakers: Why Adventist Clergy Stay Away from Partisan Politics
  • Court may hear same-sex wedding cake religious exception case
  • Court: Religious hospitals not subject to Federal pension protections
  • Texas church subpoena bill appropriately limited in scope
 

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Op-Ed: Castile verdict is a nightmare come to life

Allysza Castile (Philando's sister) speaking outside the Ramsey County Courthouse in St Paul, MN after a not guilty verdict was reached in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the killing of Philando Castile last July.
(Photo: Lorie Shaull. CC-BY SA 2.0.)

By Jason Hines – I’m sitting here without a plan. I do not even have a rough outline of where these thoughts will go. If I have a plan, it is simply to write because the Spectrum Blog needs a post for Thursday morning and there is nothing else I want to talk about. I sit here writing now not […]

 
 

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Why Adventist Clergy Stay Away from Partisan Politics

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Why Adventist Clergy Stay Away from Partisan Politics

  By Michael D. Peabody, Esq.   n a study released June 11, 2017, researchers from Yale and Harvard concluded that Seventh-day Adventist clergy in the United States are the most evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to politics. The study also found that nearly half were not registered to either party. Based on these numbers it […]

 
 

Court may hear same-sex wedding cake religious exception case

Court may hear same-sex wedding cake religious exception case

There are several reasons why the Supreme Court may decide to hear this case when it declined to hear previous religious exception cases.

 
 

Court: Religious hospitals not subject to Federal pension protections

Court: Religious hospitals not subject to Federal pension protections

The pensions of employees of church-affiliated organizations are not subject to federal solvency requirements that apply to secular organizations

 
 

Texas church subpoena bill appropriately limited in scope

Texas church subpoena bill appropriately limited in scope

The bill prevents the state or local government from subpoenaing sermons but does not prevent criminal investigations or government review of sermons disclosed by other means.

 
 

Geologist sues National Park Service for religious discrimination in refusing research request

Geologist sues National Park Service for religious discrimination in refusing research request

A Christian geologist sued the National Park Service (NPS) for denying a permit to collect and study rocks which could support a creationist hypothesis.

 
 

Kentucky Appeals Court upholds free speech rights of Christian printer in narrow opinion

Kentucky Appeals Court upholds free speech rights of Christian printer in narrow opinion

In a narrowly drafted opinion, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that the government could not compel a Christian printer to promote messages that violated his religious beliefs.

 
 

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer with an executive order that at most expressed the administration's desire that the Department of the Treasury should not unnecessarily threaten the tax-exempt status of religious non-profit organizations if they engage in political activity. Despite stating during the campaign that he would "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, the administration ultimately made a benign gesture affirming existing law while describing its parameters and limits.

 
 

Newsbriefs: 7th Circuit Applies Title VII to Sexual Orientation

Supreme Court to hear arguments in Trinity Lutheran. 7th Circuit holds Title VII applies to sexual orientation. Supreme Court hears ERISA case.

 
 

Supreme Court schedules oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran case

ver a year after agreeing to hear the case on January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court has finally set a date for the oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley.