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A new Catholic legal doctrine

By Mark Silk — April 13, 2020
(RNS) — A conservative Harvard law professor and Catholic convert proposes ditching originalism in favor of ‘common good constitutionalism.’

Federal court protects woman who took sanctuary in a church from deportation

By Yonat Shimron — February 28, 2020
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) — A woman who fled Honduras after her partner stabbed her multiple times and has lived in church sanctuary for nearly two years is entitled to stay in the United States, a panel of federal judges ruled.

Federal judge accepts religious liberty defense of immigrant rights activists

By Jack Jenkins — February 4, 2020
(RNS) — U.S. District Judge Rosemary Márquez argued that not only are the activists' beliefs sincerely held, but also that prosecuting them amounts to a substantial burden on their faith.

The new wall of separation between church and state

By Mark Silk — January 26, 2020
(RNS) — It has to do with religious liberty, and the Supreme Court is building it.

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on major religious school choice case

By Jack Jenkins — January 22, 2020
(RNS) — Several religious groups have voiced opposition to any ruling that would grant wide latitude for the government to fund religious education.

Federal judge blocks executive order on refugees in lawsuit by three faith-based organizations

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 15, 2020
(RNS) — The preliminary injunction is part of HIAS v. Trump, a lawsuit by three faith-based organizations against the US government over the order.

How William Barr, culture warrior, weaponizes religious liberty

By Mark Silk — October 17, 2019
(RNS) — In a speech at Notre Dame, the U.S. attorney general put personal morality — and personal religious liberty — above the more traditional Catholic concern for social problems.

No, my synagogue didn’t just violate the Johnson Amendment

By Mark Silk — October 12, 2019
(RNS) — Houses of worship can publicly disagree with the president's policies without violating federal rules against electioneering by nonprofits. Not that all members of the congregation will be mollified.

Arizona Supreme Court gives Christian artists a lot less than they asked for

By Mark Silk — September 23, 2019
(RNS) — Two graphic artists claim that the ruling means that Phoenix's anti-discrimination law "cannot compel us to imagine and create custom artwork that violates our beliefs." Actually, that's not the case. 

Death v. Religion at the Supreme Court

By Mark Silk — April 3, 2019
How the Establishment Clause failed to persuade the justices in one death penalty petition, and then succeeded in an almost identical one.

The end of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case comes with a whimper

By Mark Silk — March 13, 2019
(RNS) — The door is still open to a decision that would force bakers to provide cakes for same-sex nuptials if they want to stay in business.

High court declines New Jersey preservation grants case

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 4, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a case from New Jersey that raised the issue of preservation grants to religious buildings.

The Benedict Option for discrimination

By Mark Silk — October 26, 2018
The Trump Administration is making America more comfortable for conservative Christians.

God and Man at the Kavanaugh hearing

By Mark Silk — September 28, 2018
Let's listen to the Jesuits.

Israeli court fines ultra-Orthodox radio station for banning women from the air

By Michele Chabin — September 21, 2018
JERUSALEM (RNS) — After a lawsuit was filed, the station began permitting women to speak during limited hours, "and only on stereotypically female topics like recipes or education,” said an activist. 
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