Author Archive: Michael Peabody

Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" Enters Post-Production: Release Target in Time for Oscar?

Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" Enters Post-Production: Release Target in Time for Oscar?

Hacksaw Ridge, the $55 million Mel Gibson-directed World War II film that tells the story of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss completed filming in December 2015 and is now in post-production with a targeted release date of early November 2016 in time for Oscar consideration.

 
 

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Taxpayers Must Pay for Church Playground Upgrade

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Taxpayers Must Pay for Church Playground Upgrade

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Missouri taxpayers can be compelled to pay for "non-sectarian" church upgrades. Case: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley

 
 

Religious Liberty Advocate John Stevens Has Died

Religious Liberty Advocate John Stevens Has Died

We are saddened to learn that long-time religious liberty advocate John V. Stevens passed away on November 30, 2015.

 
 

Davis Appeals to 6th Circuit

Davis Appeals to 6th Circuit

When the religious beliefs of a government official conflict with the civil rights of citizens, who has the power and who wins?

 
 

New Supreme Court Case Could Stretch RFRA to Breaking Point

New Supreme Court Case Could Stretch RFRA to Breaking Point

If Congress, which passed both RFRA and Obamacare, believes RFRA's application goes too far, Congress could decide to repeal all or part of RFRA.

 
 

Supremacy Clause Prevents States from Ignoring Supreme Court Decisions

Supremacy Clause Prevents States from Ignoring Supreme Court Decisions

Why attempts to convince state and local governmental officials that they can ignore Supreme Court decisions are legally incorrect and could lead to a Constitutional crisis.

 
 

Yom Kippur, the Scapegoat Ritual, and the Politics of Blame

Yom Kippur, the Scapegoat Ritual, and the Politics of Blame

Political careers are made by identifying, or in some cases creating, amorphous bogeymen who have nothing in mind but the destruction of "The Constitution" and the "American way of life." The call to get rid of the bogeyman and "all will be well" is a pernicious promise.

 
 

Why the 14th Amendment and Federal Courts are Essential to Protecting Religious Liberty

Midred Jeter and Richard Loving in 1967. The couple was jailed for a year for violating Virginia's statute against interracial marriage.

Have you ever wondered what legal mechanism existed that permitted the legalization of slavery in the United States after the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791? How it was that men, women, and children were held in bondage after Francis Scott Key wrote the famous words, "land of the free, and the home of the brave" in 1812? How segregation persisted in law until the late 1960s?

 
 

Americans United Expresses Church-State Concerns on Eve of Papal Visit to U.S.

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued an open letter to the mayors of Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC, among other government leaders on August 31, 2015 calling for them to maintain separation of church and state during Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. in September.

 
 

What Does the Nuclear Deal With Iran Mean?

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This morning, Democrats in the U.S. Senate announced that they have the 34 votes necessary to uphold the President's expected veto if Congress, as expected, passes a resolution disapproving the Obama administration's deal with Iran. The international agreement is supposed to result in a dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program in return for lifting of sanctions, but given the Iranian leadership's ongoing theme of "death to America" and "death to Israel" the deal certainly does not signify a sense of international friendship.