Religious Liberty

  • A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence
  • The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture
  • Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech
  • Misunderstood Authority: Why Christians should reject govt's use of Romans 13
  • Supreme Court: Religious animus irrelevant in Trump travel ban case
  • A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence

    A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence

    Within the next week, it is expected that the President will nominate Kennedy's replacement. The following is a brief inventory of Justice Kennedy’s positions on some key religion clause issues from his appointment in 1988 until his retirement in 2018.  

  • The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture

    The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture

    To be fair, perhaps Jeff Sessions did not mean to act against years of religious liberty and separation of church and state. Perhaps, they felt cornered, or even pressed by the media, or as Christians serving in higher office to defend their own faith because of what people were saying about their current immigration policy[20], but as gracious as I can be about the motivations of their actions, I cannot excuse the great danger in which they have placed all of America.

  • Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech

    Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech

    When one person’s opinions can reach the world in a matter of seconds on the Internet, the ability to speak freely is undergoing tremendous growing pains. These decisions show the Court still recognizes the rights to free speech and belief. The First Amendment remains alive and well for the time being.

  • Misunderstood Authority: Why Christians should reject govt's use of Romans 13

    Misunderstood Authority: Why Christians should reject govt's use of Romans 13

    By Sonja DeWitt, Esq. – Christians should categorically reject such specious use of this passage–this usage is wholly inconsistent with the message of the Bible and the principles of Christianity.

  • Supreme Court: Religious animus irrelevant in Trump travel ban case

    Supreme Court: Religious animus irrelevant in Trump travel ban case

    The Supreme Court rules that the President of the United States has broad discretion to impose travel restrictions, so long as they are related to a plausible governmental interest, and that a showing of Presidential animus toward a religious minority is not relevant to the analysis. 

 

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A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence

A quick look at Justice Kennedy's Religion Clause jurisprudence

Within the next week, it is expected that the President will nominate Kennedy's replacement. The following is a brief inventory of Justice Kennedy’s positions on some key religion clause issues from his appointment in 1988 until his retirement in 2018.  

 
 

The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture

The Romans 13 Crisis- A pastor looks at the authoritarian use of Scripture

To be fair, perhaps Jeff Sessions did not mean to act against years of religious liberty and separation of church and state. Perhaps, they felt cornered, or even pressed by the media, or as Christians serving in higher office to defend their own faith because of what people were saying about their current immigration policy[20], but as gracious as I can be about the motivations of their actions, I cannot excuse the great danger in which they have placed all of America.

 
 

Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech

Supreme Court rules against state-mandated speech

When one person’s opinions can reach the world in a matter of seconds on the Internet, the ability to speak freely is undergoing tremendous growing pains. These decisions show the Court still recognizes the rights to free speech and belief. The First Amendment remains alive and well for the time being.

 
 

Misunderstood Authority: Why Christians should reject govt's use of Romans 13

Misunderstood Authority: Why Christians should reject govt's use of Romans 13

By Sonja DeWitt, Esq. – Christians should categorically reject such specious use of this passage–this usage is wholly inconsistent with the message of the Bible and the principles of Christianity.

 
 

Supreme Court: Religious animus irrelevant in Trump travel ban case

Supreme Court: Religious animus irrelevant in Trump travel ban case

The Supreme Court rules that the President of the United States has broad discretion to impose travel restrictions, so long as they are related to a plausible governmental interest, and that a showing of Presidential animus toward a religious minority is not relevant to the analysis. 

 
 

They Came to Serve: Protestant Missionaries, Education, and Social Justice

They Came to Serve: Protestant Missionaries, Education, and Social Justice

The compelling evidence shows that when the church resists affiliation with the state and maintains its independent role, democracy, social justice and human rights flourish.

 
 

Who really won the wedding cake case?

Who really won the wedding cake case?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court surprised a lot of us and issued a ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that not only avoided making a real decision, but avoided it with great style.

 
 

Florist asks Supreme Court for remand in wake of cake decision

Florist asks Supreme Court for remand in wake of cake decision

Attorneys for a Washington florist who refused to make a flower arrangement a same-sex wedding filed a supplemental brief in the wake of Monday's Masterpiece Cakeshop decision which left the question of balance between free exercise of religion and non-discrimination statutes unanswered. 

 
 

Breaking: Court issues 7-2 decision in cake case finding bias in tribunal decision

Breaking: Court issues 7-2 decision in cake case finding bias in tribunal decision

The Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling this morning in favor of the baker in tbe same-sex wedding cake case. The Court's ruling is narrow but essentially says that the arguments of both sides needed to be treated with respect and neutrality and that the Colorado commission had failed treat Phillips' beliefs with respect. This decision affirms Obergefell but sends […]

 
 

Parties gearing up for 7th Circuit challenge to clergy housing tax exemption

Parties gearing up for 7th Circuit challenge to clergy housing tax exemption

The 7th Circuit will decide whether a tax rule that allows only members of the clergy to deduct housing costs including rent, mortgage, furnishing, utilities, maintenance, and other associated costs is constitutional.