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Germany’s Highest Court Rules Sunday

 to be kept as a day of rest and overturns a Berlin law easing… Read More »

Factors Inform But Shouldn’t Determine Decisions

A justice’s faith, gender and ethnicity–and life experience generally–will influence his or her view of the world and the law. But these should not dictate a justice’s decisions and reasoning when interpreting and applying the grand precepts… Read More »

State of the First Amendment 2007- Survey Results

As you may know, the First Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution. Can you name any of the specific rights that are guaranteed by the First Amendment? Download PDF Read More »

Ten Commandments: Back to the Supreme Court

Can a display be government speech without government endorsing the message?..  More… Read More »

Romney Run Offers Tough Lessons for Mormons

Mitt Romney isn’t the only casualty in his failed presidential bid. The Mormon church, yearning for broad acceptance, also took a beating. Extremists denounced Romney’s campaign as a Mormon plot to take over the country. Some Evangelicals feared… Read More »

Does Constitutional Theory Matter?

The arcane terms of constitutional theory will make their way into the candidates’ speeches and become topics of discussion on political talk shows – strict constructionism, originalism (in several versions), textualism, pragmatism, the living constitution… Read More »

Lethal Injection Challenge

Lethal injection is used for capital punishment by the Federal Government and 36 States, at least 30 of which (including Kentucky) use the same combination… Read More »

Court Bars State Effort Using Faith in Prisons

A federal appeals panel ruled yesterday that a state-financed evangelical Christian program to help prisoners re-enter civilian life fostered religious indoctrination and violated the constitutional separation of church and state. The decision by a three-judge panel… Read More »

Prisons Purging Books on Faith From Libraries

Behind the walls of federal prisons nationwide, chaplains have been quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials that were once available to prisoners in chapel libraries. The chaplains were directed by the Bureau of Prisons to clear the shelves… Read More »

Oral Arguments Heard in Religious Abuse Case Filed by Guantanamo Detainees

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) provides broad protection for the free exercise rights of military personnel and detainees at Guantanamo, according to an amicus brief… Read More »