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Freedom of Religion

Was Jesus for Small Government?

April 16, 2012

This story on NPR is why I teach Law and Theology (occasionally). Our ideas and beliefs, whether implicit or explicit, about the nature of God's judgement and grace impact our ideas about human behavior and markets, and therefore about law.

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My Research Projects

February 13, 2012

I am working on three major research projects: one short-term, and two others longer term.

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Petitioner's Brief in Hosannah-Tabor Church and School v. EEOC

September 8, 2011

In this case, described generally in yesterday's post, a teacher, Cheryl Perich, who suffers from narcolepsy, is suing her former employer, the Hosannah-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, on the ground that she was fired because she threatened to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The parochial school that is the defendant in this case [...]

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2011-2012 Supreme Court Term (1): Hosannah-Tabor Church and School v. EEOC – The Ministerial Exception to Employment Discrimination Laws

September 7, 2011

This case involves a parochial school teacher who was fired because of a disability.  Her employer claimed that it was exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act because of the "ministerial exception," a judge-created doctrine that exempts religious organizations from the operation of civil rights laws in cases involving "ministerial employees." 

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A City Upon a Hill / A Lamp Unto Thy Feet

August 3, 2011

The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center has released a survey Muslim-Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future.  Like other studies of Muslims in America, it will be closely examined in the Muslim world.  It reminds us that America is still a land of promise.

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Herman Cain Apologizes to Muslims

July 28, 2011

After meeting with Muslim leaders at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia, Herman Cain issued a brief apology for previous statements he had made.

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Religious Exemptions in New York State Marriage Equality Act

June 25, 2011

Last night New York State Governor Cuomo announced the passage of the Marriage Equality Act and signed it into law.  This post discusses the religious exemptions contained in the new law.

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French Ban on Face Veils Takes Effect Today

April 11, 2011

A new law takes effect in France today prohibiting women from wearing face veils in public.

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Blasphemy!

March 27, 2011

The assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti is indeed an act of blasphemy – a betrayal of the fundamental principles of freedom and equality that Pakistan was founded upon.

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Ezra Klein's Gaffe: Belittling the Constititution by Considering Only the Text

January 1, 2011

     Ezra Klein, a columnist for Newsweek and the Washington Post, put his foot in it on national television two days ago when he said that the Constitution was "written more than 100 years ago" and "confusing," implying that it is irrelevant to today's society.  Breaking news, Ezra: the Constitution is the foundation for all of [...]

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A Comparison of the Manhattan Declaration and the Barmen Declaration

December 13, 2010

     In yesterday's post I described the Manhattan Declaration, a position paper on abortion and same-sex marriage issued by conservative Christians .  In today's post I compare the Manhattan Declaration to the Barmen Declaration.

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Analysis of the Manhattan Declaration

December 12, 2010

     The Manhattan Declaration is a 2009 position paper in support of conservative social issues.  It seeks to unite Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical Christians in their oppostion to abortion and same-sex marriage.  It is a remarkable document in that it seeks to overcome longstanding religious barriers among social conservatives.  The document admirably accomplishes its purpose of articulating common [...]

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