NEWS ANALYSIS: The Free Exercise Victory in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling That Everyone Should Applaud

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Free Exercise Victory in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling That Everyone Should Applaud

Hours after the Supreme Court of the United States released a 7-2 opinion in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, it's difficult to assess how every aspect of the ruling will shake out.   But there is, I believe, a religious liberty dimension in the ruling that folks on both sides of the case should applaud–eve

Slavery and Sexuality

Slavery and Sexuality

Those who believe in the biblical view of sexuality are treading the well-worn path of scriptural literalists who, in ages past, supported slavery using precisely the same mode of textual interpretation—or so goes the argument. Dr. Robert Cargill of the University of Iowa put the view forward rather vigorously in his blog: “Let me say this to those

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 3: Small-Business Owners

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 3: Small-Business Owners

In Parts 1 and 2 of the series, we looked at how Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, affects churches, individuals, and faith-based nonprofits. Although in the short term these groups are still protected, the decision opens the door for serious challenges to religious liberty, some of which we are already seeing at

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 2: Faith-Based Organizations

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 2: Faith-Based Organizations

In Part 1 of the series, we looked at how Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, affects churches and individuals. The good news is that in the short term the religious liberty of these groups will be protected. However, we also noted that the decision, while not a direct threat to people of faith, opens the door for

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 1: Churches and Individuals

The Effect of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage on the Faithful, Part 1: Churches and Individuals

Last year the Supreme Court handed down one of its landmark cases in Obergefell v. Hodges. Based on the opinion of five justices, same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. While legalization is not a direct threat to people of faith, it opens the door for serious problems. Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the decision, it has

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

In a landmark decision last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage. The Court has made gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right for everyone in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy said, No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devot

Same-Sex Marriage: Where Europe Stands

Same-Sex Marriage: Where Europe Stands

With the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled to release its ruling on same-sex marriage next Monday, it's an ideal time to look at the status of gay couples elsewhere in the world. Following the historic result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland, this infographic shows where the rest of Europe stands on the issue. It's interesting to note that