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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.

 
 

CALENDAR: Holly Hollman to speak at La Sierra University on April 25, 2017

CALENDAR: Holly Hollman to speak at La Sierra University on April 25, 2017

Calendar Event Annual Isaac Backus Lecture Holly Hollman, Esq. General Counsel Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty April 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. Cosssentine Hall La Sierra University 4500 Riverwalk Pkwy Riverside, CA 92505 Riverside, California – On April 27, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty general counsel and associate executive director Holly Hollman will be presenting the annual La Sierra […]

 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

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 […]

 
 

A Pastor's Guide to Being Political on the Internet

A Pastor's Guide to Being Political on the Internet

“And on the eighth day God created the internet so that Christians could judge non-Christians and each other more openly, instantly, and publicly than ever before.” 2 Mark 3:16

 
 

Supreme Court to decide if religious hospital pensions are subject to ERISA

Supreme Court to decide if religious hospital pensions are subject to ERISA

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases involving whether the pension plans of religiously affiliated hospital systems are exempt from federal pension funding requirements.

 
 

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?

 
 

Georgia drops subpoena request for laypastor's sermons and Bible

Georgia drops subpoena request for laypastor's sermons and Bible

After over 40,000 people signed a petition expressing outrage at the State of Georgia for demanding Seventh-day Adventist lay pastor Dr. Eric Walsh's sermon notes, transcripts, and Bible, the state has withdrawn the subpoena.

 
 

'Hacksaw Ridge' calls Adventists to revisit commitment to non-violence

'Hacksaw Ridge' calls Adventists to revisit commitment to non-violence

Gibson's portrayal of Doss calls this generation of Seventh-day Adventists to rediscover and embrace the church's heritage of non-violence.