Author Archive: Michael Peabody

"I Was a Stranger" – Adventists to Observe World Refugee Day on June 18

"I Was a Stranger" – Adventists to Observe World Refugee Day on June 18

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the Seventh-day Adventist Church will be observing World Refugee Day.

 
 

Court rules Title VII parties can recover fees on procedural wins

Court rules Title VII parties can recover fees on procedural wins

The Supreme Court's ruling in CRST Van Lines v. EEOC (5/19/16) allows potential award of attorney fees even if court does not reach merits.

 
 

Religious Property Dispute- Katy Perry v. the Nuns v. a Restaurateur v. the Archdiocese

Religious Property Dispute- Katy Perry v. the Nuns v. a Restaurateur v. the Archdiocese

Last year, the Los Angeles Archdiocese agreed to sell a former convent belonging to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary to pop singer Katy Perry for $14.5 million in cash. At the same time, the nuns agreed to sell the property to restaurateur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million. Now it's up to a court to decide which of these sales will go through.

 
 

Venezuela – Tracking the disintegration of a socialist utopia

TUCASAS, VENEZUELA, The design of stylized eyes of Hugo Chavez has become pervasive throughout Venezuela among the supporters of Chavez, and the Venezuelan government. DepositPhotos.com / piccaya

Venezuela's dream of a socialist utopia is quickly disintegrating. How did it get to this point? Will religious liberty survive?

 
 

Supreme Court tells parties in contraceptive mandate cases to figure it out

Supreme Court tells parties in contraceptive mandate cases to figure it out

Perhaps in recognition of the long-term perils faced by both parties, the Court today took on the role of a mediator and even outlined a potential pathway toward resolution.

 
 

In the Court: Church claim for state funding could open door to regulation

In the Court: Church claim for state funding could open door to regulation

A number of religious organizations have filed amicus briefs in support of a church that is suing the state of Missouri for discrimination when churches are categorically denied funding under the state constitution, but at the same time want to reserve the right to discriminate against groups and individuals when it comes to the use of state-funded church-based infrastructure. Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley is ostensibly only about the availability of direct funding for a church playground, but will this open the door to state regulation of access to the funded infrastructure in the future?

 
 

Seeking Peaceful Solutions When Accommodating You Doesn't Accommodate Me

Seeking Peaceful Solutions When Accommodating You Doesn't Accommodate Me

By recognizing the sincerity of opposing positions on the issues and deriving specific areas of accommodation, the conversation moves from ideology and conflict to one of mutual and practical problem-solving.

 
 

Why Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland deserves serious consideration

Why Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland deserves serious consideration

This morning President Obama threw a straight pitch directly into the strike zone when he nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland, currently the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was confirmed to that court in 1997 with bipartisan Congressional support and has been well regarded by both Democrats and Republicans.

 
 

Editorial: Why Trump Is Terrifically Bad for America

Editorial: Why Trump Is Terrifically Bad for America

This is no longer the age of the elder George H.W. Bush where the people could be sold on a "thousand points of light" and promote a "kinder, gentler nation." Americans want to see carnage – the enemy destroyed and the American way of life vindicated.

 
 

Unaffordable Luxury: A Brief Summary of Justice Scalia's Free Exercise and Establishment Clause Legacy

Unaffordable Luxury: A Brief Summary of Justice Scalia's Free Exercise and Establishment Clause Legacy

In an effort to understand the longest-serving Justice's influence and the importance of his replacement, here is a brief survey of how Scalia decided in several key cases.