Author Archive: Michael Peabody

Ventura County Sues to Stop Church from Meeting Indoors

Pastor Bob McCoy - Godspeak Calvary Chapel - Newbury Park, CA speaking on YouTube 8/5/2020.

On August 2, 2020, the church again met indoors and Pastor McCoy said he was "willing to go to jail" and "willing for them to take our building" rather than comply with the state and local orders.

 
 

Court rules agency can decide if employers must provide contraceptive coverage

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court sidesteps the free exercise claim and grants government agencies the power to determine whether to apply the ACA contraceptive mandates to employers. 

 
 

Supreme Court: Religious schools immune from teachers' discrimination claims

Supreme Court of the United States

The ethical and moral onus is now on religious institutions as they decide whether to fire "ministerial" employees for reasons illegal in the secular world, such as age or the need for cancer treatment. Institutions engaging in this kind of discriminatory tactic will still need to answer to a Higher Source who will not be impressed with their ability to obtain summary judgment. The way for religious institutions to "win" these cases is to avoid them in the first place by taking the lead in treating employees with the highest degree of care and concern.

 
 

COVID-19 aid package that does not exclude churches passes with bipartisan support

COVID-19 aid package that does not exclude churches passes with bipartisan support

Although the Small Business Administration typically works with for-profit enterprises, the CARES Act does not exclude non-profit organizations from this funding, including churches. Banks will distribute these loans to qualifying organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 
 

Should churches "stay-at-home"? Martin Luther offers guidance

Should churches "stay-at-home"? Martin Luther offers guidance

Although Luther wrote it nearly 500 years ago, his advice on how to handle an epidemic is still valid. Trust God and take precautions. 

 
 

Supreme Court finds Puerto Rico court lacked jurisdiction to seize Catholic assets to pay school pension obligations

Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court ruled today per curiam that the Puerto Rico Supreme Court erred when it determined that the "Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church" was responsible for properly administering a pension plan for the employees of Catholic Schools Trust.

 
 

Supreme Court declines to hear Sabbath accommodation case

Darrell Patterson

The Supreme court has decided against hearing a workplace accommodation case involving a Seventh-day Adventist, but hints that it may revisit employer accommodation standards in the future. 

 
 

Judge dismisses pension funding case against religious hospital chain

This decision is a good primer on the actual harm element requirement needed in order to have standing in Federal Court.

 
 

"So help me God" and the jury – 11th Circuit rules juror who claimed "divine revelation" properly dismissed

"So help me God" and the jury – 11th Circuit rules juror who claimed "divine revelation" properly dismissed

When jurors are selected for trial in Federal court, they are asked to adopt the phrase "so help me God." What happens when they take that oath too seriously?

 
 

Supreme Court to decide whether church school teachers are barred from suing for discrimination

Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court announced today that it would hear arguments in two employment cases involving whether teachers in Catholic Schools can file lawsuits in pursuit of employment non-discrimination rights.  The Court has consolidated St. James School v. Biel and Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, both on appeal from the Ninth Circuit, which decided the teachers could sue.