SCOTUS Hears Fulton v City of Philadelphia
The U. S. Supreme Court on Nov. 4 heard Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case in which 200-year-old Catholic Social Services (CSS)had its contract with the city of Philadelphia cancelled because CSS does not place foster children with same-sex couples. LGBT interests fear the case could will carve out religious exemptions to LGBT rights, while religious liberty advocates see it is government interference with fundamental principles of religious liberty. More information is available on SCOTUSblog or the oral arguments can be viewed on CSPAN.
Opinion: Fulton v Philadelphia Could Examine Employment Div. v Smith
In 1990, Employment Div. v Smith, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a rule applied to everyone may proceed, even if it burdens a religious minority, as long as it is applied evenly. So for example, a rule against gathering in public enacted during the pandemic shut down religious services, marriages, christenings, etc., but those restrictions were allowed because they were applied broadly, even though burdening religious liberty. But Fulton v. Philadelphia could examine that as explained in a recent SCOTUS blog.
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Following Attacks, French Muslims Protect Church
Following a deadly Islamic attack on a church in Nice, France, a group of young Muslims stood in front of a Catholic cathedral in their town of Lodeve during All Saints Holiday weekend as a symbolic gesture of protection, earning appreciation from townspeople. “It’s very good, these young people who are against violence,” said the cathedral’s priest, the Rev. Luis Iniguez.”
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