Religious Institutions

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in key contraception mandate case

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in key contraception mandate case

This morning the eight-member United States Supreme Court heard the contraceptive mandate cases that were consolidated under the name Zubik v. Burwell (Docket Number 15-191). (See transcript.) They key issue in all the cases was religious employers who rejected the method of receiving the "religious employer exemption" to the Affordable Care Act (2010) which required group health plans and insurance issues to offer plans that provided "approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity."

 
 

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Taxpayers Must Pay for Church Playground Upgrade

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Taxpayers Must Pay for Church Playground Upgrade

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Missouri taxpayers can be compelled to pay for "non-sectarian" church upgrades. Case: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley

 
 

The Theology of the Tax Exemption

The Theology of the Tax Exemption

By Jason Hines, PhD, JD – Has Christianity in America become so materialistic that we conflate our freedom to worship with our ability to save a dollar?

 
 

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

 
 

Free Exercise After Obergefell: Warnings from the Dissent

Free Exercise After Obergefell:  Warnings from the Dissent

Statements of Justices Roberts, Thomas, and Alito on free exercise of religion in light of the same-sex marriage decision.

 
 

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Finds National Right to Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. Supreme Court - DepositPhotos.com / trekandshoot

How the Supreme Court's decision could affect the religious liberty rights of religious organizations and individuals

 
 

When Legislation Fails, Gov Jindal Orders 'Protection of Conscience'

Gov. Bobby Jindal

hen the Louisiana state legislature failed to pass the "Marriage and Conscience Act" (HB 707)  earlier this year, on May 19, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order  that will accomplish the same goal.  HB 707 provided that the state of Louisiana could take no "adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts […]

 
 

Supreme Court Rules Sign Ordinance Adversely Affecting Church Fails Strict Scrutiny

Supreme Court Rules Sign Ordinance Adversely Affecting Church Fails Strict Scrutiny

fter a lengthy legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously (see Reed v. Gilbert  , decided June 18, 2015) that a town cannot bar church signs when it allows similar signs promoting political or ideological viewpoints. In 2007, Good News Community Church sued Gilbert, Arizona, when the town enforced a law banning the church from posting road signs […]

 
 

California Court Rules For-Profit Christian School May Require Teachers' Faith Statements

California Court Rules For-Profit Christian School May Require Teachers' Faith Statements

In March 2015 a Ventura County Superior Court judge upheld the right of a for-profit Christian preschool to compel teachers to make a statement of faith and to obtain a statement by a pastor regarding how frequently they attend church, comment on their faith, and to endorse them as employees a Christian preschool.

 
 

Idaho: Northwest Religious Liberty Association Calls for Conscience Exemption to Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Greg Hamilton and Steve McPherson of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association testified before the Idaho House State Affairs Committee - January 26, 2015

This week, in four days of testimony, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee has been considering House Bill 2 (HB2), that would add anti-discrimination protections for Idahoans based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Advocates have been promoting the "Add the Words" bill for nine years and this is the first year that the Legislature has held hearings.