Archive for: 2020

Did the Supreme Court open the door to regulation of religious schools?

Did the Supreme Court open the door to regulation of religious schools?

With the death of state Blaine Amendments this week, religious schools that welcome state money might find that they are now subject to regulation that may undermine their very reason for existence. 

 
 

Soros-backed bid to eliminate anti-prostitution pledge loses at SCOTUS

Soros-backed bid to eliminate anti-prostitution pledge loses at SCOTUS

The Supreme Court has ruled against George Soros' Open Society Foundations and upheld a law requiring foreign NGOs receiving funds to sign an anti-prostitution pledge.

 
 

Supreme Court Update: Bostock

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The Supreme Court has held 6-3 that "discrimination based on homosexuality or transgender status necessarily entails [unlawful] discrimination based on sex" under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

 
 

Court strikes down Louisiana law that abortion doctors must have admitting privileges at local hospital

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This morning the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The issue in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, was whether this limit actually protected the health of pregnant women and wasn't in place just to make it more difficult to have an abortion. This was very similar to the issue the Court last visited in 2016 (Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt) when it overturned a Texas abortion doctor admitting privileges requirement.

 
 

Federal Court rules church can be excluded from California city downtown area

A federal court in the San Francisco Bay Area has determined that churches do not contribute to a vibrant and fun atmosphere and therefore may be excluded from Salinas' downtown area.

 
 

COVID-19 aid package that does not exclude churches passes with bipartisan support

COVID-19 aid package that does not exclude churches passes with bipartisan support

Although the Small Business Administration typically works with for-profit enterprises, the CARES Act does not exclude non-profit organizations from this funding, including churches. Banks will distribute these loans to qualifying organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 
 

Op-Ed: The Charismatic Charlatans of COVID-19

Op-Ed: The Charismatic Charlatans of COVID-19

It is more than fear.  It is more than uncertainty.  It is even more than mere misinformation. The Coronavirus has some people making suicide runs with religious fervor such as we have not seen since Jim Jones and his poison-spiked Kool-Aid.

 
 

Should churches "stay-at-home"? Martin Luther offers guidance

Should churches "stay-at-home"? Martin Luther offers guidance

Although Luther wrote it nearly 500 years ago, his advice on how to handle an epidemic is still valid. Trust God and take precautions. 

 
 

Op-Ed: How parents can navigate the culture of COVID-19 fear

It is greater and more defining than the shootings of JFK, Reagan or even 9/11 because it is, for the first time, a global marker in time; one of a shared moment of terror they all experienced together.

 
 

Op-Ed: People need to help each other during COVID-19 crisis

My initial reaction to the news about this virus was that it was an overblown story. I was quite annoyed with the mainstream media reporting every new case and every death. The result seemed to be nothing other than mass hysteria.