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Another cake case gives Court opportunity to resolve free exercise confusion

Supreme Court of the United States

Too broad an exception from neutral, generally applicable law, and protections against discrimination vanish. Too narrow an exception and free exercise of religion protections vanish. What is clear is that these cases will continue to make their way through the lower courts with differing results until the Supreme Court makes a decision.  

 
 

New York Court Upholds Emergency Mandatory Vaccination

New York Court Upholds Emergency Mandatory Vaccination

Taking the significance of the public health emergency and religious beliefs into account when deciding what to do in these circumstances is difficult. It is too easy to dismiss religious claims as unscientific and foolish in the face of a measles outbreak, but in so doing it behooves the parties to seek a compromise

 
 

Historic Churches, WWI Crosses, and Constitutional Confusion at Supreme Court

Historic Churches, WWI Crosses, and Constitutional Confusion at Supreme Court

Whether a religious symbol or edifice needs to masquerade as a secular structure in order to escape Establishment Clause scrutiny is at issue in two major cases at the United State Supreme Court.

 
 

CA Bill legalizing encouraging terminally ill to commit physician-assisted suicide passes Assembly

CA Bill legalizing encouraging terminally ill to commit physician-assisted suicide passes Assembly

A bill making its way through the California legislature would make it legal to encourage the terminally ill to engage in physician-assisted suicide.

 
 

Cake Wars Round II – Colorado baker files lawsuit to stop cake trolls

Although his Supreme Court case was bolstered by a cake troll on the right, cake trolls on the left are making life miserable for Colorado baker Jack Phillips.

 
 

US Senate strikes Johnson Amendment repeal from spending bill

US Senate strikes Johnson Amendment repeal from spending bill

The Senate has stripped language from a House spending bill that would have stopped the Internal Revenue Service from revoking the tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations that engage in campaigning for political candidates.

 
 

US Justice Department announces task force to protect free exercise of religion

US Justice Department announces task force to protect free exercise of religion

According to Sessions, the Task Force is designed to ensure that the Justice Department and other executive agencies apply the religious liberty protections already present in federal law.

 
 

Weaponized Intercession: The Dangers of Using Prayer to Win at Politics

Weaponized Intercession: The Dangers of Using Prayer to Win at Politics

All this fight over prayer should give Christians pause for thought. Have we misused prayer in our zeal to bring America back to God? Whether intended or not, many have viewed the forceful efforts of Christians to preserve public prayer as motivated by the desire to exploit it for purposes of proselytizing, promoting Christianity, or disparaging other religions.

 
 

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar tell stories of genocide

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar tell stories of genocide

On March 12, 2018, Yanghee Lee, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar for the United Nations told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that, “I am becoming more convinced that the crimes committed following 9 October 2016 and 25 August 2017 bear the hallmarks of genocide and call in the strongest terms for accountability.”

 
 

Court hears argument on whether pro-life centers must provide abortion information

Court hears argument on whether pro-life centers must provide abortion information

On March 20, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, a case challenging a California law that requires pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to advise pregnant women of the availability of publicly-funded family planning services, including contraception and abortion. Unlicensed clinics must also disclose that their personnel are unlicensed.