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Mormon Couple Doesn’t Want to be Part of Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

A Mormon man and woman in a mixed-orientation marriage are objecting to their inclusion in a U.S. Supreme Court case filing because it argues that legalized gay marriage would demean marriages like theirs. ...

Canadian Supreme Court Rules Against Prayer at City Council Meetings
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

The court said a nondenominational prayer is still religious in nature and would exclude nonbelievers. Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that a small town in Quebec may not open it ...

Lonely Widower Takes Lead in Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Since the justices agreed in January to consider the case, his life has become a whirlwind of media interviews and speaking engagements. Jim Obergefell and John Arthur spent more ...

Republicans, Religious Groups Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Gay Marriage Bans
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Republican officials and religious organizations dominate a growing list of more than 60 groups urging the Supreme Court to uphold state bans against same-sex marriage. Republica ...

Pulling Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps...
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. ...like the Koch brothers, who have really nice bootstraps.  WITH THE NEXT election still almos ...

Weekly Wrap 3.27.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

1. How Yemen Became the Middle East’s Latest Regional Nightmare As Saudi Arabia and Egypt say they’re prepared to send in ground troops, here’s a look at the how Yemen got to this point. ...

Justice Ginsburg Writes a Feminist Opinion for Passover
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Not quite, but when a Jewish nonprofit asked the Supreme Court justice to write a biblical commentary for Passover, she a ...

Supreme Court Wrestles with Accommodating Religious Faith on the Job
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Title VII doesn’t require accommodating baseball caps, but it does require accommodating religious practice. Samantha Elauf was a teenager who loved clothes and applied to work in ...

Five Reasons Why Citizens United Matters Five Years Later
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

Five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations are welcome to the same free speech rights that are allotted to individuals and can therefore spend f ...

Supreme Court Weighs a Church’s Right to Advertise Services
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Jan. 12 considered a tiny church’s curbside sign in a case that could raise the bar on government regulation of speech, and make it easier for houses of worship to advertise their services. The Alliance Defending Freedom, the non ...

If the Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage in 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

Even though about half of conservative Christians now believe that gay marriage is inevitable, don’t expect them to slip quietly into the night. Ten years after Massachusetts bec ...

Supreme Court Seems Increasingly Wary on Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 3:59pm | 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 - 4:01pm | 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 - 11:26am | 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 - 4:35pm | 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 - 6:27pm | 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 - 5:52pm | 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 - 9:57am | 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 - 4:21pm | 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 - 2:38pm | 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 - 10:06am | 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 - 3:48pm | 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 - 4:25pm | 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 - 11:15am | 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 - 10:41am | 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 - 4:07pm | 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 - 10:46am | 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 - 2:55pm | 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 - 9:36am | 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 - 4:06pm | 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 - 2:19pm | 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 - 10:00am | 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 - 12:34pm | 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 - 3:09pm | 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 - 2:16pm | 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 - 11:00am | 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 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

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

Both Sides of Contraception Mandate Sound Off
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 4:59pm | 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 - 10:30am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 - 10:06am | 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 - 3:24pm | 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 - 4:45pm | 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 - 2:25pm | 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 - 12:54pm | 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 - 12:18pm | 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 - 11:10am | 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 - 9:38am | 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 - 9:38am | 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 - 9:42am | 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 ...