Supreme Court Religion Cases and the Future; High Court Takes up Clash between LGBTQ and Religious Rights; Religious Objection to COVID Mandate Rejected; Biden Nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson for High Court; From Vladimir the Great to Vladimir Putin — Religion and the Ukrainian War
Supreme Court Religion Cases and the Future
The High Court now is weighing a cluster of cases that could significantly alter the relationship between church and state for years to come. The four cases vary greatly in their specifics, but all involve challenges to government actions that the challengers say unfairly curtail their exercise of religious liberty. And at a deeper level, they raise the question of religion’s place in America — marginalized and thrust out of the cultural mainstream, or welcomed as a foundational institution of society?
High Court Takes up Clash between LGBTQ and Religious Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday took up a major new legal fight pitting religious beliefs against LGBT rights, agreeing to hear an evangelical Christian web designer’s free speech claim that she cannot be forced under a Colorado anti-discrimination law to produce websites for same-sex marriages. The justices agreed to hear Denver-area business owner Lorie Smith’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling rejecting her bid for an exemption from a Colorado law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and certain other factors.
Religious Objection to COVID Mandate Rejected
The U.S. Supreme Court last week turned away a challenge to Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, rebuffing for the second time a group of plaintiffs who sought a religious exemption. The justices rejected a request made on behalf of unnamed plaintiffs identifying themselves as Maine healthcare workers who objected to the vaccinations on religious grounds.
Ketanji Brown Jackson Professes Faith
From Vladimir the Great to Vladimir Putin: Religion and the Ukrainian War