Legal Issues

Goulard: Churches are Absolutely Essential

Goulard: Churches are Absolutely Essential

What if the church is a place where lives are transformed from the inside out, where people make decisions to follow Christ, and find not only find community, but actual real and powerful solutions to their failing marriage, their chronic mental illnesses, their abject loneliness, their anger and fear and judgment, and pain?


FLORIDA: School that gets gov't money scrutinized for firing teacher based on sexual orientation

FLORIDA: School that gets gov't money scrutinized for firing teacher based on sexual orientation

In June, a Florida Seventh-day Adventist school that received state and federal funding fired a teacher because of his sexual orientation.


Supreme Court not likely to make individual FBI agents pay for allegedly violating Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Supreme Court of the United States

On October 6, 2020, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case on the issue of whether individual FBI agents can be held financially liable if they are found to have violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The underlying case involves Muslim-Americans who alleged that individual FBI agents put them on the "no fly" list after they refused to act as informants against fellow Muslims in terrorism-related investigations.


Satanic Temple claims abortion is a religious ritual protected by the Free Exercise clause

Picture of a baby in the belly of her mother

The Satanic Temple is asserting a free exercise right to abortion as a religious ritual in lawsuits against the state of Missouri and against a Louisiana advertising agency.


Church deserves trial on constitutionality of shutdown order rules judge

John MacArthur - Grace Community Church

Contempt of court is a quasi-criminal act, and the court cannot punish someone for breaking a regulation if that regulation is not constitutional.


"I dissent!" A Survey of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Religion Clause Jurisprudence

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016. Official Supreme Court portrait.

Ginsburg wrote little on the religion clauses, but she frequently joined with those Justices who favored a strong separation of church and state. 


LA County fails bid to shut down church and must prove why free exercise rights should be infringed

John MacArthur - Grace Community Church

Los Angeles County lost another battle in its bid to stop Grace Community Church from meeting indoors today. Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff found that, contrary to the County's representation, the Sun Valley megachurch led by Pastor John MacArthur did not violate any court order because no court order prohibited the congregation from meeting indoors.


Why Churches are Fighting Shutdown Orders

Why Churches are Fighting Shutdown Orders

Five months into the pandemic shut-down, Los Angeles County is asking for the courts to find that Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur acted in contempt of court for holding services this past weekend, and for fines of $20,000 against church leaders and the congregation. 


Two Southern California Judges Refuse to Shut Down Churches This Weekend

John MacArthur - Grace Community Church

With outdoor temperatures expected to pass the 100-degree mark, two Los Angeles area judges have given local churches some comforting news.


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.