Recent News & Columns

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Troubling Q&A on tax exemption for churches during presidential candidate town hall

An exchange between CNN’s Don Lemon and former congressman Beto O’Rourke demonstrates the way the media and politicians oversimply conflicts between religious freedom and nondiscrimination. The First Amendment without question protects rights of individuals and religious institutions, to support or oppose conceptions of marriage according to the dictates of their faith, and to peacefully express those views. That is not a controversial position.

SCOTUS hears employment discrimination cases

Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC involves a transgender woman’s claim that her firing violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sex. In requesting review by the Supreme Court, the funeral home did not raise RFRA arguments.