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7th Cir. to Decide Whether Ministerial Housing Exemption is Constitutional

By Michael Peabody — Last November, a federal judge stuck a stick in a beehive when she found that a long-standing tax-exemption for clergy housing was unconstitutional. The case, Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) vs. Lew, is currently on appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and religious organizations are out in force defending the exemption.

Why Did the U.S. Supreme Court Decide Not to Hear the New Mexico Photographer’s Appeal?

Why Did the U.S. Supreme Court Decide Not to Hear the New Mexico Photographer’s Appeal?

By Michael Peabody — Although the U.S. Supreme Court did not provide a reason for declining Huguenin’s writ, it is probably not because the Court intends to lock in the New Mexico decision or that the Supreme Court is not interested in addressing this issue at a later date. It is most likely because the Court is looking for a better case, perhaps a combination of several cases which represent different results in different jurisdictions.

Pastor Stan Peterson

After 6-Year Fight, California County Drops Bid to Turn Church Into Bar (Seriously!)

Guatay, CA — A church is in high spirits after six years of litigation with the County of San Diego for abruptly shutting them down. The County agreed to confer a Minor Deviation Permit to the church, allowing them to continue operations despite having been zoned many years ago—and unknown to the church—as a country-western bar.

by · April 10, 2014 · Land Use, Legal Issues
U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear New Mexico Photographer Case

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear New Mexico Photographer Case

Today, without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of a New Mexico photography studio and its owners. The highly-publicized case of Elane Photography v. Willock involved a photographer who refused on religious grounds to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony.

by · April 7, 2014 · Current Events

Opinion: Don’t Use Religious Liberty to Discriminate

By James Coffin — In the United States, individuals and groups have a long history of discrimination against fellow humans.

But over many decades, legislators and judges have curtailed our freedom to negatively impact others’ lives based on our own prejudices. Such government actions have been a great blessing to the targets of discrimination.

Although anti-discrimination laws limit our freedom to say by our actions that we view certain categories of our fellow humans as inferior, unworthy or evil, they also help ensure justice for all.

Hobby Lobby Case:  How Will the Court Decide?

Hobby Lobby Case: How Will the Court Decide?

By Michael Peabody — On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores (transcript and audio). According to a number of court pundits, the court is expected to split with four justices on each side and the deciding vote is predicted to fall to Anthony Kennedy. Perfectly projecting the Court’s decision is not much easier than predicting a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket, but here are some potential outcomes for the case.

Pope Invited to Address Congress by Boehner and Pelosi

Pope Invited to Address Congress by Boehner and Pelosi

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner and his predecessor, Nancy Pelosi, both Catholics, have both issued invitations for Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress.

Protesters outside Uganda High Commission, London, January 8, 2014.  Photo by Kaytee Riek - Creative Commons - Flickr

Fear Used to Promote Ugandan Anti-Gay Law

Last month Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law making homosexuality a crime punishable by life in prison. According to a recent report by Mother Jones, which features extensive video clips, Museveni said the measure had been “provoked by arrogant and careless western groups that are fond of coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality.”

by · March 14, 2014 · Current Events
North Korean Leader Reportedly Orders Death of 33 Christians

North Korean Leader Reportedly Orders Death of 33 Christians

Last week, North Korean dictator Kim Jong –un reportedly ordered the deaths of 33 Christians who received money for building underground churches from a South Korean Baptist missionary. The dictator, who “won” his reelection with 100% of the vote and 100% voter turnout has not spared his own relatives from his anger, killing his uncle and all of his uncle’s relatives, including children and grandchildren, last year for allegedly “attempting to overthrow the government.” He is raising these same charges against these Christians and their fate, and that of their families and churches is unknown as of this writing.

Explainer: What is Happening in Ukraine?

Explainer: What is Happening in Ukraine?

What is Happening in Ukraine? he recent events in Ukraine have captured news headlines around the world. Here is some background information on Ukraine, relevant history regarding the recent events, and information about how this may affect religious liberty and particularly the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ukraine is an independent nation of 45.59 million people that is situated between Russia and […]

by · March 4, 2014 · Current Events