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Pro se "RICO" case against CA mandatory vaccination law dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged that the State of California exceeded its powers when it passed a law removing all but medical exemptions to mandatory vaccination laws. In June 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 into law, removing the ability of parents to claim religious belief exemptions to otherwise mandatory vaccination laws.  In August […]

 
 

Court orders parties to brief Establishment Clause issue in travel ban case

Court orders parties to brief Establishment Clause issue in travel ban case

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Trump v. Hawaii (Docket No. 17-965) and directed the parties to prepare briefs and arguments on the issue of whether President Donald Trump's travel ban, Proclamation No. 9645, also known as Executive Order 3 (EO-3), violates the Establishment Clause. 

 
 

Proposed New York guidelines could permit public school districts to regulate private schools

The state of New York is considering guidelines that could dramatically change the relationship between public and private schools.

 
 

Johnson Amendment remains in Senate version of tax bill

Johnson Amendment remains in Senate version of tax bill

Early Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed its version of a major tax bill. Although there are a number of indirect ramifications for religious institutions, the Senate bill keeps the Johnson Amendment intact. 

 
 

Pregnancy center case is Supreme Court's third forced-speech case this term

Pregnancy center case is Supreme Court's third forced-speech case this term

In its third case on the issue of state-required speech this term, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a California case involving whether the state can compel pro-life pregnancy counseling centers to post notices about the existence of publicly-funded abortion and contraceptive services, and requires disclosures if the centers or personnel are unlicensed.

 
 

Canada's high court to decide whether courts can hear church membership cases

Canada's high court to decide whether courts can hear church membership cases

Last week the Canadian Supreme Court heard arguments over whether civil courts can review churches' internal membership decisions.

 
 

Eric Youngberg: Luther Was Willing to Pay Ultimate Price for His Beliefs

Eric Youngberg: Luther Was Willing to Pay Ultimate Price for His Beliefs

John 15:13 comes to mind when I contemplate the courage that Martin Luther exhibited the day he nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door.  It reads, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Martin’s personal freedom of conscience was directly tied to helping others understand and obtain Biblical freedom of thought, belief and decision.  In so […]

 
 

C. Norman Farley: Luther and the Grassroots of Freedom

C. Norman Farley: Luther and the Grassroots of Freedom

History enlightens us that freedom is a difficult state to achieve and equally difficult to retain. Our current Political/social and Religious struggles remind us of this fact. While there are many in varying religious organizations who shudder at the name Martin Luther, there are also millions who celebrate. The reason I celebrate is because Luther is one of the extreme champions in a long series […]

 
 

Barry Bussey: Martin Luther – Christianity's most dangerous man

Barry Bussey: Martin Luther – Christianity's most dangerous man

Historians and theologians will debate Luther until the end of time.  He remains controversial – think only of his views on the Jewish people or his justification of the brutal treatment of the peasants' uprising.  But make no mistake his posting of the Theses set off a chain of events that continue to affect us.  Luther's most dangerous idea – […]

 
 

Steve Wohlberg: The Work of the Reformation Continues

Steve Wohlberg: The Work of the Reformation Continues

Approximately 500 years ago, Martin Luther sparked a “Reformation” within the Roman Catholic Church that shook Europe. Slumbering minds awoke. Controversy erupted. An unstoppable movement was born. The Pope trembled. When the dust settled, countless Catholics-Turned-Protestant had abandoned their church. Fast-forward to today. Interdenominational cooperation has become the norm. Differences are being minimized. Many Protestant Churches seek unity with Rome. Many are even […]