Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Liberty Institute Files Brief at U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Lower Court’s Decision Calling Prayer Unconstitutional

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

On behalf of several noted Christian theologians — including Drs. Wayne Grudem, Darrell Bock, Wayne House and Clinton Arnold — Liberty Institute filed a friend of the court brief in The Supreme Court in support of an appeal seeking to overturn a legislative prayer decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In Forsyth County v. Joyner, the Fourth Circuit declared unconstitutional a North Carolina County Commission’s practice of legislative invocations because the prayers offered by private religious leaders often contained references to Jesus and tenets of Christianity. Read our brief here.

About Liberty Institute
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Templo Bautista Nueva Jerusalen v. City of Duncanville

IN THE CHURCH

The City of Duncanville was using zoning laws to discriminate against the church to deny the congregation religious freedom to gather and hold services. After purchasing the building in the downtown area, the church was told a special use permit would be required in order to begin using the building for services. Templo Bautista applied for the permit, paid the necessary fees but was still denied use of the building because one land owner was opposed to the church being in the neighborhood. Liberty Institute sent a demand letter to the City and a new hearing was granted. Only then did the City agree to allow the church to occupy the building and begin to hold church services.

About Liberty Institute
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Can Govt. Intrude in Churches Hiring Decisions?

IN THE CHURCH

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments on how far the government can intrude inside the employment practices of churches and religious organizations. The case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et al., is the first U.S. Supreme Court test of the “ministerial exception” — an exemption from workplace discrimination laws for religious employers when it comes to hiring and firing ministers and teachers, based on the religion clauses of the First Amendment.