Tribal elders made the case in a federal court in Oregon that the destruction of a sacred burial site violated their religious freedom rights under RFRA, but a court ruled they failed to make their case.
In a dispute similar to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals rejected bakery owners’ request for exemption from state nondiscrimination law.
Written by Don ByrdIn 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 forbidding such refusal have seen religious objectors challenge those laws in court. In New Mexico, for example, the state Supreme Court rejected a photographer’s argument that a nondiscrimination law should not force her to provide business for a same-sex wedding over her religious objections.
Written by Don ByrdIn today’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 what appears to be the successful navigation of tricky church-state concerns. When a church congregation wants to provide service in the community as part of its religious mission, and sees great need within public institutions like school systems, how should they be Christian servants without crossing important church-state safeguards?
Written by Don ByrdA 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.