Church and State

Tax-exemption of clergy housing violates Establishment Clause rules Federal judge

Tax-exemption of clergy housing violates Establishment Clause rules Federal judge

Last Friday a federal judge in Wisconsin issued a ruling that a federal statute that exempts housing for members of the clergy from taxation violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

 
 

Federal Judge rules Pennsylvania county seal violates Establishment Clause

Federal Judge rules Pennsylvania county seal violates Establishment Clause

A Federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania county seal and flag that prominently feature a cross violates the Establishment Clause.

 
 

US House votes to defund IRS investigations of church political endorsements

US House votes to defund IRS investigations of church political endorsements

  esterday, by a margin of 211 to 198, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted to defund IRS investigations of church political endorsements as part of a massive spending bill. On the bottom of page 21 of the text of the 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, the drafters included the following language: SEC. 116. None of the funds […]

 
 

Trump judicial nominee Barrett faces religious tests from left and right

Trump judicial nominee Barrett faces religious tests from left and right

At the committee hearing, Democrat Sen. Feinstein questioned her Catholic beliefs on abortion and Republican Sen. Cruz questioned her on the death penalty.

 
 

Dominionism and the Rise of Alt-Christianity

Dominionism and the Rise of Alt-Christianity

Dominionism has many variations, but simply stated it is the belief that Christians can and must have political, social, and religious dominance in the world.

 
 

4,000+ faith leaders ask Congress to keep Johnson Amendment

4,000+ faith leaders ask Congress to keep Johnson Amendment

Over 4,000 faith leaders from all 50 states have signed onto a letter asking Congress to keep the Johnson Amendment as part of the tax code to protect houses of worship and other tax-exempt organizations "from being pressured by politicans for endorsements."

 
 

States prohibiting all non-public school funding may escape Trinity Lutheran impact

States prohibiting all non-public school funding may escape Trinity Lutheran impact

States that have constitutional provisions that prohibit public aid to all private schools, regardless of whether or not they are religiously affiliated, might have a substantial argument against school voucher claims under Trinity Lutheran v. Comer.

 
 

Supreme Court asks lower courts to apply Trinity reasoning to school voucher cases

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Supreme Court sends voucher cases back to the lower courts "for further consideration in light of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc., v. Comer." 

 
 

Supreme Court: State must include church in public funding scheme

Supreme Court: State must include church in public funding scheme

The Supreme Court decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer changes 200 years of Establishment Clause precedent and puts churches at risk of regulation.

 
 

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Why Adventist Clergy Stay Away from Partisan Politics

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Why Adventist Clergy Stay Away from Partisan Politics

  By Michael D. Peabody, Esq.   n a study released June 11, 2017, researchers from Yale and Harvard concluded that Seventh-day Adventist clergy in the United States are the most evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to politics. The study also found that nearly half were not registered to either party. Based on these numbers it […]