A Teacher, A Minister: What’s the Difference? (Quite a Lot, Actually)

By: Andrew Coyle, Staff Member, Vol. 19 Teachers as “Ministers”             In its recent opinion in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the “ministerial exception” of the religion clauses of the First Amendment. The ministerial exception is a judge-made doctrine that a religious organization can use to bar a … Continue reading A Teacher, A Minister: What’s the Difference? (Quite a Lot, Actually)

Johnny Mac v. The State of California: A Pastor’s Battle to Feed His Flock Amid COVID-19

By: Luke Maher, staff member Vol 19 “We will obey God rather than men… We’re going to leave the results to Him”. These are the words of Grace Community Church head pastor John MacArthur. The person sometimes affectionately referred to as Johnny Mac by his followers has made it clear that he does not plan … Continue reading Johnny Mac v. The State of California: A Pastor’s Battle to Feed His Flock Amid COVID-19

Drugs and Religion

By: Haley Tanner Religion in the United States The United States is home to many ethnicities, races, and religions. And our government is often faced with competing interests. It is important for Congress and the courts to hold the government to a high standard when considering restrictions on religion. Two important cases that consider religious … Continue reading Drugs and Religion

“Play[ing] In the Joints” of the First Amendment: Application of Montana Constitution’s “No Aid” Provision Violates Free Exercise Clause

By: Kristopher L. Caudle* The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides two fundamental guarantees for all citizens: The government shall not establish an official religion; and the government shall not infringe upon a citizen’s right to freely exercise their chosen religion. However, the Supreme Court continues to recognize areas where there is ample … Continue reading “Play[ing] In the Joints” of the First Amendment: Application of Montana Constitution’s “No Aid” Provision Violates Free Exercise Clause