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When Christians take fellow Christians to court

Wikimedia Commons/BlogtrepreneurMusic has often proved a contentious issue in church life, and so it came as no surprise to hear that Sheffield Cathedral's decision to shut down its choir in favour of a more inclusive music team has provoked a backlash. The Save Sheffield Cathedral Choir group, it would appear, is seeking independent legal advice over that... Read more

Trump Admin. Urges Appeals Court to Block ‘Abortion by Mail’ and Overturn Judge’s Ruling

Trump Admin. Urges Appeals Court to Block 'Abortion by Mail' and Overturn Judge's Ruling The Trump administration is appealing a decision that allows women to obtain the abortion pill by mail without seeing a doctor.At issue is a decision by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in early July that overturned an FDA rule... Read more

18 States Ask Supreme Court to Uphold 15-Week Abortion Ban, Say Modern Science ‘Undermines’ Roe

18 States Ask Supreme Court to Uphold 15-Week Abortion Ban, Say Modern Science 'Undermines' Roe A coalition of 18 states is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Mississippis 15-week abortion ban, pointing to advances in science and brutal abortion procedures that involve ripping a fetus apart limb by limb.The Mississippi law, passed... Read more

Court of Appeal reviews Government decision to allow DIY abortions during lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash)The Court of Appeal is today hearing a legal challenge against the Government's decision to allow DIY abortions at home during the lockdown.  The Government relaxed the rules so that women could terminate their pregnancies up to 10 weeks.  Following only a phone or video consultation with a doctor, pills are sent out in... Read more

Supreme Court Issues a Surprisingand DivisiveDecision on Churches and Pandemic Restrictions

The Story: Despite what appears to be a blatantly unconstitutional infringement of religious liberty, five Supreme Court justices are allowing Nevada to hold churches to a stricter standard than casinos. The Background: Last week the Supreme Court denied a request from a Nevada church that would block enforcement of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order that limits... Read more

Supreme Court Denies Nevada Church’s Request to Reopen Like Casinos, Restaurants

Supreme Court Denies Nevada Church's Request to Reopen Like Casinos, Restaurants In a 5-4 decision on Friday, the Supreme Court denied a Nevada churchs request to be exempt from the states 50-person cap on gatherings.Christianity Today reports that Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley contended that it should be able to meet at 50 percent... Read more

Christian Adoption Agency Does Not Have to Place Kids in Same-Sex Homes, Appeals Court Rules

Christian Adoption Agency Does Not Have to Place Kids in Same-Sex Homes, Appeals Court Rules Earlier this week, an appeals court ruled that a New York-based Christian adoption agency can now sue the state of New York for attempting to shut them down because the charity does not place children with same-sex or... Read more

High Court approves legal challenge against Government U-turn on online age checks

(Photo: Unsplash/Christian Wiediger)The High Court has given the go ahead for a legal challenge over the Government's decision to abandon age verification checks for online p0rnography.  Legislation to introduce the scheme was passed by Parliament in 2018 with the aim of protecting children.  The plans were hit by repeated delays before finally being shelved for... Read more

High Court approves legal challenge against Government U-turn on online p0rn age checks

(Photo: Unsplash/Christian Wiediger)The High Court has given the go ahead for a legal challenge over the Government's decision to abandon age verification checks for online p0rnography.  Legislation to introduce the scheme was passed by Parliament in 2018 with the aim of protecting children.  The plans were hit by repeated delays before finally being shelved for... Read more

The Supreme Court Has Ruled That Half of Oklahoma Is Native Land Here’s What That Means | RELEVANT Magazine

On Thursday, the Supreme Court made a historic decision about the state of Oklahoma that could have enormous consequences not just for the Sooner state but for indigenous communities across the U.S. In essence, the Court ruled that about half of Oklahoma is within a Native American Reservation. The decision will have a lot... Read more

Pence Touts Supreme Court Wins: The ‘Obama-Biden Assault on Religious Liberty Is Over’

Pence Touts Supreme Court Wins: The 'Obama-Biden Assault on Religious Liberty Is Over' The White House is using two new Supreme Court decisions favoring religious liberty to draw a distinction with the previous administration, implying if Democrat Joe Biden is elected, people of faith will have their freedoms assaulted.The Supreme Court handed down... Read more

US Supreme Court upholds religious exemptions from birth control coverage

Sr. Loraine Marie Clare, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on March 23, 2016 shortly after oral arguments in a case where the Catholic order has questioned the constitutionality of several mandates in Obamacare.ReutersThe US Supreme Court has upheld a Trump administration rule... Read more

Supreme Court Delivers Two More Victories for Religious Liberty

The Story: In two rulings released this week, the Supreme Court delivered two more victoriesone narrow and one broadfor religious liberty. The Background: The court issued rulings this week on two important cases involving religious liberty The first case was Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2016, the Catholic group Little... Read more

Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Obamacare’s Abortion/Contraceptive Mandate

Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Obamacare's Abortion/Contraceptive Mandate In a key win for religious employers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration rule that exempts faith-based organizations from the Obama-era abortion/contraceptive mandate.The controversy dates back to the Obama administration and President Obamas chief legislative achievement, the Patient Protection and Affordable... Read more

Supreme Court Hands Major Victory to Christian Schools in Employment Case

Supreme Court Hands Major Victory to Christian Schools in Employment Case The U.S. Supreme Court handed private religious schools a major victory Wednesday, broadening the so-called ministerial exception and ruling they can hire and fire employees without being governed by anti-discrimination laws.At issue were teachers at two separate Catholic schools who sued after... Read more

9 Things You Should Know About the U.S. Supreme Court

Later this week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release several potentially blockbuster decisions covering such issues as birth control, ministerial exceptions, and religious rights. Here are nine things you should know about the most important court in the federal judiciary. 1. Article III of the U.S. Constitution establishes the federal judiciary, stating that... Read more

Supreme Court Upholds Sanctions Made against Presidential ‘Faithless Electors’

Supreme Court Upholds Sanctions Made against Presidential 'Faithless Electors' States are allowed to enforce sanctions against "faithless electors who do not vote for the popular winner, according to a new ruling from the Supreme Court.Fox News reports that the justices upheld state laws that require faithless electors to back the popular vote. The... Read more

Christian fostering agency’s evangelical recruitment policy was not unlawful, High Court rules

(Photo: Unsplash/Sandy Millar)An evangelical Christian fostering agency does not have to work with non-evangelical Christian carers, the High Court has ruled. Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service went to court after it came under pressure from government regulator Ofsted to abandon its religious ethos.  It followed an inspection by Ofsted last year in which... Read more

Supreme Court: Religious Liberty Is Winningand the Pro-Life Cause Is Losing

The Story: In two rulings released this week, the Supreme Court signaled a pattern of preventing restrictions on both religious liberty and also abortion. The Background: The court issued rulings this week on important cases involving restrictions on abortion and on religious liberty. The abortion case was June Medical Services LLC v. Russo. In 2014,... Read more

Supreme Court: Religious Schools Are Eligible for Taxpayer Funds | RELEVANT Magazine

The Supreme Court handed a win to conservatives on Tuesday, ruling that a Montana law that blocked religious schools from a taxpayer-funded scholarship violated the U.S. Constitution. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the conservative members of the Court in a decision that will allow parents to use state tax credits to send their... Read more

‘Victory for Religious Liberty’: Supreme Court Upholds Montana School Choice Program

'Victory for Religious Liberty': Supreme Court Upholds Montana School Choice Program The U.S. Supreme Court handed supporters of school choice and private religious schools a major victory Tuesday, ruling that a Montana tax credit scholarship program does not violate the federal constitution if the money is used by parents for religious schooling.At issue... Read more

Court grants judicial review into DIY abortions

(Photo: Unsplash)The Court of Appeal has granted a judicial review into DIY abortions after a legal challenge by Christian Concern.  Abortion regulations were temporarily relaxed after the country went into lockdown so that pregnant women and girls could take both abortion pills at home up to 10 weeks. The changes meant that the pills could... Read more

‘Shocked and Disappointed’: Supreme Court Overturns Louisiana Pro-Life Law, 5-4

'Shocked and Disappointed': Supreme Court Overturns Louisiana Pro-Life Law, 5-4 The U.S. Supreme Court handed the pro-choice community a major victory Monday in a much-watched abortion case, striking down a Louisiana law that required clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.The law was similar to a Texas law overturned by the... Read more

Court Rules California Church Can’t Meet in Downtown Building it Owns

Court Rules California Church Can't Meet in Downtown Building it Owns A California church may have to find a new home after a federal judge upheld a citys prohibition on houses of worship in a three-block stretch of downtown.New Harvest Christian Fellowship in Salinas, Calif., has rented space along Main Street for more... Read more

The Supreme Court Has Blocked Trump From Ending DACA | RELEVANT Magazine

The Supreme Court has handed a huge victory to young immigrants known as Dreamers, ruling that the Trump Administration violated federal law when it ended DACA. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, saying Homeland Security’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious.” Roberts was the deciding vote, joining the Court’s more liberal members in the... Read more

Religious Conservatives Look to the Next Supreme Court Rulings on Religious Liberty

Religious Conservatives Look to the Next Supreme Court Rulings on Religious Liberty (RNS) Religious conservatives lost the culture war over gay and transgender rights in the workplace this week.In a 6-3 ruling Monday (June 15), the Supreme Court said the rights of gay and transgender people are protected from workplace discrimination. The ruling... Read more

Supreme Court Cannot ‘Overturn the Word of God,’ Franklin Graham Says of LGBT Case

Supreme Court Cannot 'Overturn the Word of God,' Franklin Graham Says of LGBT Case Evangelist Franklin Graham says the U.S. Supreme Court exceeded its authority and may have infringed on religious liberty with its decision Monday expanding the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity.The high court, in... Read more

JK Rowling vs Harry Potter stars and the Supreme Court

JK Rowling(Photo: Reuters)This has been quite a 10-day stretch for transgender activism. It began with one of the world's bestselling authors, J.K. Rowling, coming under attack for stating that only women menstruate (how dare she!). It ended with the Supreme Court including sexual orientation and gender identity under the category of "sex." In the middle,... Read more

Landmark: Supreme Court Rules 1964 Civil Rights Act Protects LGBT Employees

Landmark: Supreme Court Rules 1964 Civil Rights Act Protects LGBT Employees In a landmark decision for the LGBT community, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled employers cannot fire someone merely for being gay or transgender under federal law.At issue was Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it... Read more

Supreme Court: Employment Law Protects Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

What just happened? In the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that employers who fire someone for being gay or transgender violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What was the case about? The court was asked to decide in three cases considered together if... Read more