Author Archive: Michael Peabody

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

 
 

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.

 
 

Interview: Producer of Oscar-nominated "Hacksaw Ridge" has lived with the story most of his life

Doss and Benedict on the set of the documentary

Terry Benedict, a producer of Oscar-award nominated Hacksaw Ridge, talks about getting to know Doss, working with Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield, and verifies an urban legend.

 
 

Local churches urged to create policies on electioneering with Johnson Amendment under threat

Local churches urged to create policies on electioneering with Johnson Amendment under threat

If the Johnson Amendment disappears, local pastors will have to figure out how to address parishioners who want the church to promote their candidate.

 
 

Why the United States should not give up control of the Internet naming system

Why the United States should not give up control of the Internet naming system

Congress has two more days to act to save free speech, but in a year when the Internet has been the biggest thorn in the side of both parties, my guess is that Congress will tragically let control of ICANN slide away. The world deserves the full range of First Amendment protections of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, and other freedoms that only the United States is constitutionally obligated to maintain.

 
 

U.S. Civil Rights Commission report gives free exercise of religion second-tier status

U.S. Civil Rights Commission report gives free exercise of religion second-tier status

In a stunning report, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Martin Castro attacked the Religious Freedom Restoration Act at both the state and federal level, challenged the terms "religious liberty" and "religious liberty" as code for intolerance, and argued that free exercise rights should yield to other civil rights if they come into conflict.

 
 

Newly Amended SB 1146 Passes California Assembly

Yesterday the California Assembly passed SB 1146 (48 to 28 with 7 abstaining), sending the amended higher education anti-discrimination bill back to the Senate for a concurrence vote to take place before August 31.

 
 

SB 1146 Amended to Focus on Title IX Exempt Institutions

SB 1146 Amended to Focus on Title IX Exempt Institutions

The California legislature updated SB 1146 yesterday to focus on Title IX-exempt institutions. SB 1146 now includes disclosure and reporting requirements.