Politics

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?

 
 

Local churches urged to create policies on electioneering with Johnson Amendment under threat

Local churches urged to create policies on electioneering with Johnson Amendment under threat

If the Johnson Amendment disappears, local pastors will have to figure out how to address parishioners who want the church to promote their candidate.

 
 

What does the Trump win mean for religious liberty?

What does the Trump win mean for religious liberty?

Donald Trump's transition team is making plans to occupy the White House. What does this mean for religious liberty?

 
 

Evangelicals' witness suffers due to political maneuvering

Evangelicals' witness suffers due to political maneuvering

For almost 40 years Evangelical Christians, under the guise of the Religious Right, courted political power specifically through the Republican Party. As a political group, they have accomplished little of what they desired.

 
 

Vetting the Veeps: Pence and Kaine on Religious Liberty

Vetting the Veeps: Pence and Kaine on Religious Liberty

This week, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have chosen relatively centrist running mates who are not well known outside of their states. Both Trump and Clinton, who have been battling high disapproval ratings and facing a close election in November, have made "safe picks." But how do the vice presidential candidates compare when it comes to religious liberty?

 
 

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.

 
 

Why a candidate's support for the free exercise clause matters

Why a candidate's support for the free exercise clause matters

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will do more to defend the Free Exercise Clause is an important factor in deciding which candidate to support.

 
 

"I'm on your side," Trump tells fawning evangelicals

"I'm on your side," Trump tells fawning evangelicals

Yesterday, in a typical, stream-of-consciousness, rant about his self-perceived greatness, Donald Trump told an assembly of over 900 evangelical leaders in New York that he supports them.

 
 

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.

 
 

Opinion: Frontrunner opposes religious liberty

Opinion: Frontrunner opposes religious liberty

By Keith Schnabel – The Republican party proudly supports religious liberty, but its presidential frontrunner does not share that value. Donald Trump is an opponent of the First Amendment who mocks the faiths of millions of Americans and proposes policy after policy that would corrode our nation’s most central freedoms.