States Considering Religious Conscience Bills

States Considering Religious Conscience Bills

Written by Don Byrd In recent years, a handful of states have wrestled with the rights of vendors like florists, bakeries, and photographers to refuse business for same-sex weddings on religious grounds. In particular, states with strong nondiscrimination statutes...
Keeping the Church Relevant but Separate

Keeping the Church Relevant but Separate

Written by Don Byrd In this weekend’s NYTimes, religion reporter Samuel Freedman profiles a unique partnership in Portland, Oregon between a suburban evangelical church and a public school in a low-income neighborhood. I love this story because it demonstrates...
Religious Objection to Taxes Lands Oregon Man in Prison

Religious Objection to Taxes Lands Oregon Man in Prison

Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, a federal judge rejected the religious freedom argument of an Oregon man charged with evading taxes for 10 years, sentencing him to 8 years in prison after a jury found him guilty earlier this year. The Oregonian has more:...
Oregon Seeks Public Health-Religious Accommodation Balance

Oregon Seeks Public Health-Religious Accommodation Balance

Written by Don Byrd In Oregon, more parents citing religious reasons are opting out of vaccinations for their kindergarten-aged children than in any other state in the U.S. The state senate, concerned that non-medical exemptions have become too common, has responded...