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Whether the Constitution or the Bible, we must apply the delicate balance between original intent, which can serve as our moral compass, versus a living document, which weighs current realities. […] Read More

“So, explain this ‘right-to-work’ to me,” a frequent question from my business friends. “Why are you against a right to work? I thought you’d be for it.” “I’ll try with reference to your world of transactions, whether profit or nonprofit,” I say. “The union is a large nonprofit. In a right-to-work jurisdiction, all employees covered […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on travelers entering the U.S. from certain majority-Muslim countries demonstrates the paradox between security and freedom. On the one hand, the court’s decision followed precedent allowing for broad presidential powers when it comes to national security. On the other hand, the decision seemed to […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker at Masterpiece Cakeshop, on June 4, 2018. In a 7-2 judgment, the justices weighed the merits of this specific case, ruling that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause. They did not, however, decide that all business owners with […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that it would hear a lawsuit challenging an executive action on immigration taken by President Barack Obama. At question is if Obama can act without congressional approval to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation. Baptist leaders joined others in reflecting on the issue, which could impact up to 4 […] Read More

The Supreme Court of the United States, in a historic decision, handed down a verdict that makes it legal for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. In the first 24 hours following the announcement, news outlets and social media platforms exploded with activity. Christian reactions have run the gamut from disappointment and concern […] Read More

“Simon Says” and “Mother May I?” were two versions of a popular game in my childhood. Success resulted from remembering and using these key words. You were “out” if you responded to a directive that wasn’t preceded with “Simon Says” or didn’t use the request for permission, “Mother May I?” A juvenile game, of course, […] Read More

If you think the Supreme Court’s ruling on public prayer is an unqualified win for Christians, you might want to reconsider. On May 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “ceremonial” prayers opening government meetings do not violate the Constitution’s First Amendment. The justices split 5-4 into the familiar conservative versus liberal wings, with […] Read More

When the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather today to hear oral arguments in a case on legislative prayers, it could lead to a new era of defining the First Amendment. The case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, has the hopeful eye of many across the ideological spectrum as the justices might issue […] Read More

A fairly strong case could be made that the principle of church-state separation was dramatically reaffirmed by the Supreme Court this week. Not that this principle itself was directly at stake. None of the justices, as far as I can tell, appealed to the First Amendment in reaching their decisions or in writing their opinions. […] Read More