Church and State

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.

 
 

Key California Assembly Committee scheduled to hear SB 1146

Key California Assembly Committee scheduled to hear SB 1146

On August 3, 2016, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider a bill that religious groups fear would make it difficult for faith-based colleges and universities to operate in a manner consistent with their beliefs.

 
 

California legislation seeks to prevent LGBT discrimination in higher education

California legislation seeks to prevent LGBT discrimination in higher education

The California legislature is considering two bills that would make it difficult for religious colleges and universities to discriminate on the basis of gender identity.

 
 

Trump's troubling evasion of basic religious liberty questions

Trump's troubling evasion of basic religious liberty questions

Donald Trump evades questions about whether employers should have right to discriminate on basis of religion and the tax-exempt status of religious organizations.

 
 

Unaffordable Luxury: A Brief Summary of Justice Scalia's Free Exercise and Establishment Clause Legacy

Unaffordable Luxury: A Brief Summary of Justice Scalia's Free Exercise and Establishment Clause Legacy

In an effort to understand the longest-serving Justice's influence and the importance of his replacement, here is a brief survey of how Scalia decided in several key cases.

 
 

Davis Appeals to 6th Circuit

Davis Appeals to 6th Circuit

When the religious beliefs of a government official conflict with the civil rights of citizens, who has the power and who wins?

 
 

Attack on Independent Judiciary Likely to Intensify Following Davis' Release

Attack on Independent Judiciary Likely to Intensify Following Davis' Release

Even though the Court has granted accommodation requested by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, eliminating an independent judiciary is the real target.

 
 

Opinion: The Spiritual Dimension to the County Clerk's Refusal to License Same-Sex Marriages

Opinion: The Spiritual Dimension to the County Clerk's Refusal to License Same-Sex Marriages

Davis has made a decision according to her conscience, has had the willingness to not only follow it through, but also to go to jail for it. I am surprisingly both outraged by and sympathetic to her plight. I would love to talk about the legal ramifications of what she is doing (and I still might do that briefly), but tonight my mind turns primarily to the spiritual consequences of Davis's actions.

 
 

If Theocracy was Good for Ancient Israel, Why Isn't It Good for America?

(The following is taken from an appendix to the book Patriarchs and Prophets). “The question has been raised, and is now much agitated, If a theocracy was good in the time of Israel, why would not a theocratical form of government be equally good for this time? The answer is easy: A theocracy is a government which derives its power immediately […]

 
 

Catholic Hospitals Appeal Federal Court Decision Saying They're Not Catholic Enough

Northridge Hospital in Northridge, CA is a Dignity Health facility (from LinkedIn)

Longstanding, agency-approved exemption of religious hospitals from federal pension law had been overturned, threatening Dignity Health chain of U.S. hospitals with ruinous penalties