Legal Issues

Kavanaugh on the Religion Clauses

Kavanaugh on the Religion Clauses

During Kavanaugh’s 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, he wrote decisions addressing the Establishment Clause that provide a hint of how he might decide if he is seated on the United States Supreme Court.

 
 

A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence

A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence

Within the next week, it is expected that the President will nominate Kennedy's replacement. The following is a brief inventory of Justice Kennedy’s positions on some key religion clause issues from his appointment in 1988 until his retirement in 2018.  

 
 

The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture

The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture

To be fair, perhaps Jeff Sessions did not mean to act against years of religious liberty and separation of church and state. Perhaps, they felt cornered, or even pressed by the media, or as Christians serving in higher office to defend their own faith because of what people were saying about their current immigration policy[20], but as gracious as I can be about the motivations of their actions, I cannot excuse the great danger in which they have placed all of America.

 
 

Who really won the wedding cake case?

Who really won the wedding cake case?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court surprised a lot of us and issued a ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that not only avoided making a real decision, but avoided it with great style.

 
 

Florist asks Supreme Court for remand in wake of cake decision

Florist asks Supreme Court for remand in wake of cake decision

Attorneys for a Washington florist who refused to make a flower arrangement a same-sex wedding filed a supplemental brief in the wake of Monday's Masterpiece Cakeshop decision which left the question of balance between free exercise of religion and non-discrimination statutes unanswered. 

 
 

Breaking: Court issues 7-2 decision in cake case finding bias in tribunal decision

Breaking: Court issues 7-2 decision in cake case finding bias in tribunal decision

The Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling this morning in favor of the baker in tbe same-sex wedding cake case. The Court's ruling is narrow but essentially says that the arguments of both sides needed to be treated with respect and neutrality and that the Colorado commission had failed treat Phillips' beliefs with respect. This decision affirms Obergefell but sends […]

 
 

Parties gearing up for 7th Circuit challenge to clergy housing tax exemption

Parties gearing up for 7th Circuit challenge to clergy housing tax exemption

The 7th Circuit will decide whether a tax rule that allows only members of the clergy to deduct housing costs including rent, mortgage, furnishing, utilities, maintenance, and other associated costs is constitutional.

 
 

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.

 
 

Proposed Missouri gun law expanding concealed carry to churches violates religious liberty, say clergy

Proposed Missouri gun law expanding concealed carry to churches violates religious liberty, say clergy

Clergy in Missouri are objecting to legislationthat would remove the requirement that individual Concealed Carry Weapon permits first obtain the permission from their pastor before carrying concealed weapons in church and require signage if churches do not permit concealed carry.

 
 

Moves by both sides make citizen journalism an endangered species

Moves by both sides make citizen journalism an endangered species

Regulation of online speech is marching forward from both the left and the right, and it may only be a matter of time until free expression on the Internet becomes a thing of the past.