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Supreme Court Seems Increasingly Wary on Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Now, on top of drug protocols, developmental disabilities and attorneys’ mistakes, the court must decide in Panetti’s case whether mental illness should be another reason to keep prisoners alive. ...

Gay Marriage Hits Major Bump in Federal Appeals Court
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees re ...

Justice Roberts Asks If The Case of The Muslim Prisoner’s Beard Is Too Easy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

In some ways, the case of the Muslim prisoner who wants to grow a beard seems easy. When it comes to a prisoner’s religious rights, federal laws favors accommodation when possible. ...

What Happens Next in the 20 States That Still Ban Gay Marriage?
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court’s decision to sit out the legal battle over same-sex marriage will — for now, at least — leave the future of laws prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying in the hands of lower state and f ...

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases, Upholding Legal Right to Marry in 5 States
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear several cases where federal appeals courts upheld the Constitutional rights of same-sex couples to marry, causing a seismic, if quiet, shift in several states' ...

Mormon Apostle: Be Civil in Fighting Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

If Mormon opposition to same-sex marriage does not prevail in the United States, Mormons should respond graciously and “practice civility with our adversaries,” a leading church apostle counseled Oct. 4 at the ...

Justices to Take Up Abercrombie & Fitch Headscarf Case
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court granted 11 new cases for review Oct. 2, agreeing to rule on controversial topics such as religious freedom, child abuse, immigration, housing discrimination, congressional redistricting and c ...

Muslim Inmate Takes His Case for a Beard to the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s not every day that a coalition of legal minds is rooting for a violent inmate convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck. It’s not every day that a coalition of legal m ...

Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. ...

A License to Pray
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. "Please report to Window #12. And bring your Bible." THE RECENT Supreme Court ruling ...

How Soccer Differs from the World of Partisan Politics
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

After the final whistle ended a hard-fought World Cup match, Brazilian star David Luiz consoled Colombian star James Rodriguez. After the final whistle ended a hard-fought World C ...

Wheaton College Gets a Pass from Supreme Court on Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court offered a further sign that it favors letting employers with religious objections avoid the Obama administration’s so-called contraception mandate. The Supreme C ...

Hobby Lobby, Rivalry, and Choosing Grace
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

It is an identical claim to moral superiority which matters and which is in fact the cause of the apparent conflict. The underlying issues, whatever you think they may be, whether religious freedom, women’s re ...

The Cross on Mount Soledad Can Stay — For Now
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case. The decades-long b ...

Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year: Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the ye ...

Awaiting Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling, Public Favors Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs. Obamacare. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to ...

Supreme Court Says 'No' to Public School Graduations in Church
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that a Wisconsin high school acted unconstitutionally when it held its graduation ceremonies in a local megachurch. ...

Schuette vs. the Image of God
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Can a vote outlaw equal protection under the law? The Court seems to think so. IN 2006, A ...

COMMENTARY: There's Little to Celebrate in Greece v. Galloway Prayer Decision
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

The great rejoicing after the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on public prayer reminded me of the infamous line from an officer who commented on the destruction of a village during the Vietnam War: “We had ...

COMMENTARY: Is the Hobby Lobby Bible Elective Objective?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 1:19pm | Type: Blog

On April 14, the school board in Mustang, Okla., voted to institute an elective Bible course. This is not news. More than a thousand U.S. public schools offer Bible as literature courses. ...

Moneyed Speech
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform. IN ITS SEEMINGLY endless ques ...

Supreme Court Prayer Ruling May Spur New Alliances
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian prayers at public meetings dealt a body blow to atheist organizations. This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian pray ...

Supreme Court Approves Sectarian Prayer at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constitution not only allows for prayer at government meetings, but religious prayer. The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constit ...

The Supreme Court's Assault on Democracy
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court has decided that people (individual human beings or corporations) have the right to donate to an unlimited number of political candidates — therefore removing the aggreg ...

Supreme Court Doubles Down on Money as Speech
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The Court has made its vision of the future of electoral politics clear. What is unclear is how Americans will respond to the increasing influence money is having in our political system. ...

The Women Of Faith Factor In 'Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Emily Baxter ...

Both Sides of Contraception Mandate Sound Off
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Today, the Supreme Court heard two cases that have major implications for the intersection of religious liberty and health care in America. While Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties C ...

What's Right About Obamacare?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Sr. Carol Keehan Amid the political bombast, it’s easy to forget why we needed health-care reform in the first place. ...

Some Protest, Others Celebrate Roe v. Wade with Festive Meals
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Arriving home from school on Jan. 22, 1973, Mary Wissink noticed her mother was unusually animated. Arriving home from school on Jan. 22, 1973, Mary Wissink noticed her mother was ...

Supreme Court Wrestles with How 'Religious' Prayer Should Be at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with a case that asks whether government bodies can open with prayers that some people find overly religious and excluding. The Supreme Court ...

Supreme Court Affirms Monks’ Right to Sell Caskets
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

A group of Catholic monks can continue selling their handmade caskets after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Louisiana funeral directors. A group of Catholic ...

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Won’t Appeal Gay Marriage Rulings
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his appeal of a major case that was being heard by the state Supreme Court. ...

Myths We Live By? Voter Fraud & Jim Crow Dead And Gone
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Press

October 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Paul Louis Metzger ...

Supreme Court Poised to Turn Right in 2013 Term
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The justices, whose term begins Monday, could rule against racial minorities in two cases and abortion rights in one or two others. They also could uphold prayers at government meetings, ease restrictions on w ...

U.S. Asks Supreme Court to Review Hobby Lobby’s Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Federal officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer employees birth control coverage despite the business owner’s moral objections, with the compan ...

Is 'the Dream' Under Attack?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

The recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to gut the enforcement section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the decision of the jury in the George Zimmerman trial have left me wondering about the dream, wo ...

'Fighting Words' from the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper More than 80 bills to restrict voter access were introduced in 2013. BACK IN THE day, when ...

Equal Protection — for All
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We should always be open to what God is speaking to a new generation of Christians. THIS SUMMER, t ...

There’s Something in the Air: Grace
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

Rather than a Third Great Awakening I believe we are standing in the threshold of a Great Grace Awakening. It’s a move of the Holy Spirit drawing people away from legalistic and fear-based beliefs to a place s ...

Obama Administration to Attempt to Counter SCOTUS Ruling on Voting Rights Act
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

The Obama administration will attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s June ruling that struck down of a key part of the Voting Rights Act. The Obama administration will attempt ...

On Scripture: Fighting for Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 6:25am | Type: Blog

For from Istanbul to Cairo, from Rio to Raleigh, from women’s rights to gay rights to voting rights, until all are free, none are free. “If you love somebody, set them free. Free. ...

GOP Fault Lines Emerging on Social Issues
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Following last week's Supreme Court decisions to shut down DOMA and Prop 8, social ideals within the Republican Party are being brought to the forefront as Republican’s begin to strategize ways to gain su ...

The Real Fights Over Gay Marriage are Just Starting
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, while historic, didn’t settle the issue. In fact, they fuel it. The Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, while historic, didn’t se ...

4 Things Religious Conservatives Might Do After High Court Rulings:
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The twin Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday that further opened the door for gay marriage in the U.S. were not entirely unexpected, and the condemnations from religious conservatives angry at the verdicts were ...

Love is Greater Than Faith
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The first thing I did when I read the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in the cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8 on Thursday morning was offer a silent prayer. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

The words above the Supreme Court read, “Equal Justice Under the Law.” This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words. The words above the ...

On Scripture: Resistance is Futile
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

For others with different theological and political perspectives, these decisions will be a difficult test, and they will struggle to accept them. I pray for their comfort and consolation. ...

ANALYSIS: A Cultural Wave on Gay Marriage Reaches the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page decision Wednesd ...

What SCOTUS Could Learn From Paula Deen
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

We can move on from the outcry over an older, white Southerner using epithets she claims to have grown up with. Deen does not make decisions for our country or for our voters. The Supreme Court does, and unfor ...

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional; SCOTUS Declines Ruling on Prop 8
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court this morning struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, 5-4, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states. Also by a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled ...