Legal Issues

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 […]

 
 

Court may hear same-sex wedding cake religious exception case

Court may hear same-sex wedding cake religious exception case

There are several reasons why the Supreme Court may decide to hear this case when it declined to hear previous religious exception cases.

 
 

Court: Religious hospitals not subject to Federal pension protections

Court: Religious hospitals not subject to Federal pension protections

The pensions of employees of church-affiliated organizations are not subject to federal solvency requirements that apply to secular organizations

 
 

Texas church subpoena bill appropriately limited in scope

Texas church subpoena bill appropriately limited in scope

The bill prevents the state or local government from subpoenaing sermons but does not prevent criminal investigations or government review of sermons disclosed by other means.

 
 

Kentucky Appeals Court upholds free speech rights of Christian printer in narrow opinion

Kentucky Appeals Court upholds free speech rights of Christian printer in narrow opinion

In a narrowly drafted opinion, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that the government could not compel a Christian printer to promote messages that violated his religious beliefs.

 
 

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer with an executive order that at most expressed the administration's desire that the Department of the Treasury should not unnecessarily threaten the tax-exempt status of religious non-profit organizations if they engage in political activity. Despite stating during the campaign that he would "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, the administration ultimately made a benign gesture affirming existing law while describing its parameters and limits.

 
 

Supreme Court schedules oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran case

ver a year after agreeing to hear the case on January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court has finally set a date for the oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley.

 
 

Washington court finds no free exercise right to ignore antidiscrimination law

Washington court finds no free exercise right to ignore antidiscrimination law

The Supreme Court of the State of Washington has rejected a florist's claim that state anti-discrimination statutes did not apply to her religion-based refusal to sell flowers for use in a same-sex wedding ceremony.

 
 

Op-Ed: How Abolishing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Religious Liberty

Op-Ed: How Abolishing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Religious Liberty

By Gregory W. Hamilton – Repealing the Johnson Amendment is not about "free speech." It is about giving politicians tax-deductible donations and endorsements in return for power.

 
 

Writing competition asks law students to write model Supreme Court opinion in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley

LOS ANGELES, CA – While most legal writing competitions ask participants to pick a side, Founders First Freedom is asking for much more in its inaugural law student writing competition.  Participating students will review pleadings and amicus briefs in a case currently before the United States Supreme Court, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley, and write model majority decisions that weigh both […]