Legal Issues

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.

 
 

States Rights, Slavery, the 14th Amendment and Religious Liberty

Midred Jeter and Richard Loving in 1967. The couple was jailed for a year for violating Virginia's statute against interracial marriage.

Have you ever wondered what legal mechanism existed that permitted the legalization of slavery in the United States after the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791? How it was that men, women, and children were held in bondage after Francis Scott Key wrote the famous words, "land of the free, and the home of the brave" in 1812? How segregation persisted in law until the late 1960s?

 
 

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 to review right of private parties to deny services to same-sex couples

The Supreme Court will hear a wedding services case involving a bakery owner who refused to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding for religious reasons.

 
 

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.

 
 

Op-Ed: Castile verdict is a nightmare come to life

Allysza Castile (Philando's sister) speaking outside the Ramsey County Courthouse in St Paul, MN after a not guilty verdict was reached in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the killing of Philando Castile last July.
(Photo: Lorie Shaull. CC-BY SA 2.0.)

By Jason Hines – I’m sitting here without a plan. I do not even have a rough outline of where these thoughts will go. If I have a plan, it is simply to write because the Spectrum Blog needs a post for Thursday morning and there is nothing else I want to talk about. I sit here writing now not […]

 
 

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 […]