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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that Montana could not cut families off from a scholarship program available to all because they wanted to send their children to religious schools. This ruling strengthened the bedrock principle that states cannot discriminate against their citizens because of their faith. This case also has significant implications for the future of religious liberty.  more
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its much anticipated decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue and held that a state cannot ban parents from using a Scholarship Tax Credit program to attend a religious school. This decision was in line with several previous Court opinions favoring a parent’s right to choose over government policies that prioritize a “one-size-fits-all” system.  more
As far as trends go for 2020, I think our household has at least flirted with most. more
Across the nation, crowds topple monuments and remove statue after statue. Conversations abound about the names of army bases, endowed university chairs, parks and street names—it is a controversy about names, and it has gripped many countries around the world, especially the United States. more
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court failed to prioritize the health and safety of women over the profits of the abortion industry by striking down reasonable medical regulations for abortion clinics in Louisiana.  more
Last year, when things seemed somewhat normal, I wrote an article for Neiman Reports that predicted that with this decade, there could be large swaths of the United States with no daily or weekly newspapers. more
Is it just me, or do home repairs come in waves? It seems like no air conditioner rattles to a halt without a squirrel simultaneously eating through some wires or the septic tank also overflowing. more
On September 9, 1919, after an overwhelming vote by officers in favor of striking the day before, nearly 80% of the Boston Police Department walked off the job. When the dust settled after four days, nine people were dead and untold damage had been done to the city as criminals took advantage of a city free of police. more
The Supreme Court of the United States released its long-awaited decision in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia over whether sexual orientation and gender identity are included in the definition of “sex” in Title VII of the federal non-discrimination laws. more
I recently moderated a forum on racism, justice, and the Church, where three black pastors from Kentucky and Tennessee joined me and a colleague in a helpful conversation that brought a better understanding of the black community’s response to the senseless murder of George Floyd. more
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