Author Archive: Michael Peabody

Trump promises to repeal ban on church campaigning in GOP acceptance speech

Trump promises to repeal ban on church campaigning in GOP acceptance speech

Contrary to Trump's representation, the voices of individual church members, or even church employees, have not "been taken away." Instead, they may independently advocate for or against any candidates of their choosing, but they cannot use their houses of worship as vehicles for doing so.

 
 

Church sues Iowa for hypothetical gender "law"

Church sues Iowa for hypothetical gender "law"

To put it succinctly, the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ is suing for protection against a threat that does not exist under current law.

 
 

Analysis: Amended version of SB 1146 passes CA Assembly Judiciary

Analysis: Amended version of SB 1146 passes CA Assembly Judiciary

The latest version still faces constitutional hurdles as lawmakers seek to control morals policies of religion-based educational institutions.

 
 

Court avoids free exercise minefield of Washington pharmacy case

Court avoids free exercise minefield of Washington pharmacy case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a Washington state requirement that all pharmacies must fill contraceptives regardless of the religious objections of the owners.

 
 

California Bill Would Punish Religious Colleges That Discriminate Because of Faith

California Bill Would Punish Religious Colleges That Discriminate Because of Faith

If passed, SB 1146 is unconstitutional because the government is imposing a condition on religious institutions with the intent of pressuring them to compromise their religious beliefs.

 
 

"I'm on your side," Trump tells fawning evangelicals

"I'm on your side," Trump tells fawning evangelicals

Yesterday, in a typical, stream-of-consciousness, rant about his self-perceived greatness, Donald Trump told an assembly of over 900 evangelical leaders in New York that he supports them.

 
 

Evaluating Clinton's claim to "reasonable regulation" of Constitutional rights

Evaluating Clinton's claim to "reasonable regulation" of Constitutional rights

Constitutional rights, particularly those in the Bill of Rights are guarantees of personal freedoms and are expressed in terms of the government's limited powers.

 
 

"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.