Constitution

Americans United Praises Justice Stevens' Record On Church And State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens for his record of support for church-state separation and expressed the hope that his replacement will hold similar views.

 
 

Church-state advocates urge strong successor for Stevens (ABP)

EXCERPT from American Baptist Press: WASHINGTON (ABP) — With the Supreme Court's oldest and longest-serving member announcing April 9 his retirement, advocates for strong church-state separation urged that Justice John Paul Stevens' replacement be as devoted to preventing government establishment of religion as the retiring jurist. However, some called for a successor who can improve on what they view as […]

 
 

HISTORICAL SKETCH: Roger Williams, Apostle Of Religious Freedom

HISTORICAL SKETCH: Roger Williams, Apostle Of Religious Freedom

By Ellen G. White – The framers of the Constitution recognized the eternal principle that man's relation with his God is above human legislation, and his rights of conscience inalienable. Reasoning was not necessary to establish this truth; we are conscious of it in our own bosoms. It is this consciousness which, in defiance of human laws, has sustained so many martyrs in tortures and flames. They felt that their duty to God was superior to human enactments, and that man could exercise no authority over their consciences. It is an inborn principle which nothing can eradicate.”

 
 

Faith, Freedom, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Liberty Magazine)

By David A. Pendleton – Ever since President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court, the chattering classes have speculated endlessly regarding the impact she might have on the future of American jurisprudence.  She would bring wide-ranging experiences to the Court: prosecutor, civil litigator, federal trial judge, federal appellate judge, law school instructor, and Hispanic woman. […]

 
 

Why America should not be declared a "Christian Nation"

Why America should not be declared a "Christian Nation"

History tells us that it would not be a debate between Christians and atheists. If Christianity won predominance over every other religious system in the nation, it would be a debate between Baptists, Episcopalians, Methodists, Lutherans, Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists, Pentacostals, and any other denomination you could name. Then it would be between the liberals and conservatives, and ultimately between conservatives or between liberals, the powerful – not the faithful – would control.

 
 

Doug Kmiec on a Court Packed with Catholics (Wall Street Journal)

If Judge Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed by the United States Senate, she will be the 6th Catholic among the 9 United States Supreme Court justices. Doug Kmiec, my constitutional law professor in the area of the Bill of Rights at Pepperdine University, discusses what this will mean in a recent interview with Suzanne Sataline of the Wall Street Journal .  Kmiec […]

 
 

EXCERPTS: Douglas Laycock on dangers of protecting liberty 'only for ourselves' (Baptist Joint Committee)

From: http://bjconline.org/news/news/0209laycock.htm Douglas Laycock is the Yale Kamisar Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He is one of the nation's leading authorities on religious liberty law. He made these remarks on January 15 in accepting the National First Freedom Award from the Richmond, Va.,-based First Freedom Center. EXCERPTS: If I am remembered for anything after […]

 
 

Documentary: The End of America by Naomi Wolf

In a stunning indictment of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years, best-selling author Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth) makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat. Investigating parallels between our current situation and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, Wolf uncovers a number of deeply unsettling similarities-from the use of paramilitary groups and secret […]

 
 

VIDEO: California Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Prop 8

Watch the March 5, 2009 proceedings and read the briefs on both sides of this contentious issue.

 
 

VIDEO: Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought

A panel from the 2007 J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference featuring: Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law; W. Cole Durham, Gates University Professor of Law, Director, BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU; and Elizabeth Sewell, Associate Director, BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.