While a number of cases have reached the U.S. Supreme Court challenging government pandemic restrictions that limit churches’ and members free exercise of religion, Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker presents direct legal conflict between jurisdictions (traditionally the primary basis for Supreme Court hearing) and raises crucial additional questions that need resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, to re-protect and strengthen our first and most important liberty.
For these reasons, IFI has joined an Amicus Brief in support of Elim Romanian.
Until 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court had rightly afforded the highest level of protection to our first freedom, the …
Posted in Religious Liberty
Tagged Amy Barrett, Antonin Scalia, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, Donald J. Trump, Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker, Employment Division v. Smith, John Roberts, Nevada v. Sisolak, Obergefell v. Hodges, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn vs. Cuomo, Southbay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, U.S. Supreme Court
Still reaching for peak absurdity with ever more zeal, elements of the radical left are now smearing an honest interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and those who support it as “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” and more. In fact, those are the exact words used by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) to describe originalism — the widely accepted judicial doctrine holding that the words in the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted and understood as intended by the authors and ratifiers. The revolutionary view offered by Markey and others like him is a threat to America and every single American, fellow lawmakers warned.…
Last Saturday, President Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Barrett, 48, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since October 2017. While there may be much dissent across political lines over the confirmation of Judge Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court, the facts of her extensive qualifications speak for themselves.
In a blistering must-see address on the U.S. Senate floor, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), the youngest member of the U.S. Senate, condemned Justice Neil Gorsuch’s opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. Writing for the Majority, Gorsuch essentially legislated from the bench, changing duly passed federal law with far-reaching and destructive consequences for all Americans, especially religious Americans.
Posted in Federal, Religious Liberty
Tagged Antonin Scalia, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Josh Hawley, Judicial Activism, Neil Gorsuch, Originalism, SCOTUS, textualism, U.S. Senate
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has garnered less attention than usual lately with COVID-19 monopolizing headlines. However, with the Court’s term ending in June, some of the most controversial decisions are expected to be released any day now. Among the most notable are three cases involving Title VII of the landmark Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex. The question is whether Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination also includes decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The cases are Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, Bostock …
Posted in Sexuality
Tagged Altitude Express, Antonin Scalia, Equality Act, Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, Federal Courts, Inc. v. Zarda, Neil Gorsuch, Originalism, SCOTUS, textualism, Title VII
What we call the pro-family movement is a component of the larger conservative movement and deals with matters of sexuality and the natural family. Its American roots are in the cultural backlash to the Marxist revolution of the 1960s that turned family-centered society on its head and swapped the Judeo-Christian morality of our founding for Soviet-style “political correctness.”
Posted in Faith, Marriage/Family/Culture
Tagged Alfred Kinsey, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Bowers v Hardwick, Cultural Marxism, Donald Trump, Frankfort School, Griswold v Connecticut, Hugh Hefner, Lawrence v. Texas, Neil Gorsuch, No Special Rights Act, Obergefell v. Hodges, Robert Bork, Roe v. Wade, Romer v Evans, Ronald Reagan, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Scott Lively, sexual anarchy, Steven Broyer
In what is already a controversial session amidst the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on many cases in the upcoming months that will have wide reaching effects in American life. Here are three decisions which Christians should know about.
“All of life is partisan.” ~ Saul Alinsky
In the 24 hours since Josh Earnest announced that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle would not attend the funeral of renowned U.S. Supreme Court Justice, much virtual ink has been spilled about the appropriateness of this choice. Even a number of liberals have expressed puzzlement and disappointment. In light of the ceremonial duties that Obama has performed, including pardoning turkeys, throwing baseballs, and visiting dictators, it is passing strange that he won’t attend Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral.
Obama sought and won—twice—the highest office in the greatest nation in history and …
"Well, there are many legitimate philosophies of judicial review," you say.
Not if you believe in democracy, or a representative republic. Only originalism, which insists on interpreting the Constitution by its original meaning, protects democratic rule. The people spoke when they originally passed the Constitution. And they can speak again through the amendment process.
The importance of Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away this past weekend, is based not just in what he said in his U.S. Supreme Court opinions, but how he said it. As the life and work of Justice Scalia are honored and remembered, conservatives would do well to be grateful for his bold leadership on behalf of the originalist moorings of constitutional jurisprudence.
This past Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments for Obergefell v. Hodges in what is shaping up to be a landmark case in the national marriage debate.
Posted in Marriage/Family/Culture
Tagged 2nd vote, American Airlines, Antonin Scalia, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Marriott, Microsoft, Obergefell v. Hodges, Pepsi, SCOTUS, Starbucks, Wells Fargo
A giant milestone in the moral revolution passed this week when the U.S. Supreme Court turned down every single appeal from several states on the issue of same-sex marriage. This decision not to take at least one case under consideration stunned both sides in the same-sex marriage battle...
One year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, this much is clear: Justice Antonin Scalia is a prophet.
Back in 2003, when the court handed down the decision in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down all criminal statutes against homosexual acts, Scalia declared that the stage was set for the legalization of same-sex unions. That was 2003.
“Today’s opinion dismantles the structure of constitutional law that has permitted a distinction to be made between heterosexual and homosexual unions, insofar as a formal recognition in marriage is concerned,” wrote Scalia.
He was proved to be …
What one subject could possibly bring together radio host Rush Limbaugh, drag queen Ru Paul, and Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia?
It is the “T” word in the LGBTQ acronym, “transgender,” now hailed by Time Magazine as the new civil rights frontier.
And for Rush and Ru, it is the “tranny” word in particular that brings them together.
Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
Before broaching this topic, however, it’s important to remember that many people do suffer terribly because of gender identity issues, sometimes to the point of suicide, and as I’ve said many times before, whatever we …