Articles tagged as Religious Liberties

  • “Breaking the Sotomayor Mold” — Kody W. Cooper

    by James Wilson Institute on February 25, 2022
    Kody Cooper argues that a new justice in the mold of Sotomayor would fail to pass the “test of truth” when it comes to abortion, religious liberty, and takings. Some excerpts: “In the wake of Justice Breyer’s retirement announcement, Democrats are divided over whether President Biden should appoint a more conciliatory ‘bridge-builder’ who will look for opportunities […]
  • “And All the Students Said, ‘Amen’” — Keisha Russell

    by James Wilson Institute on December 17, 2021
    Keisha Toni Russell, Counsel at First Liberty Institute, argues that young Americans learn to respect religious liberty–and individual rights more generally–when religion flourishes in public. Some excerpts: “In the early 1960s, the Supreme Court reviewed two cases involving voluntary school prayer and Bible reading. The cases, Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington Township School District v. Schempp (1963), contained […]
  • “A Common Call to Prayer” — Gunnar Gundersen

    by James Wilson Institute on December 6, 2021
    Continuing our symposium on school prayer, JWI Affiliated Scholar Gunnar Gundersen argues that the Establishment Clause gives federal judges no right to restrict religious activity in American public education. By forbidding school prayer, judges have encouraged a culture of relativism. Some excerpts: “Until recently, community prayer was not only non-controversial, but considered a necessary element […]
  • “The Little Sisters and the Court: Muddling Through”: Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on July 14, 2020
    In his recent essay in The Catholic Thing, Professor Hadley Arkes comments on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling regarding The Little Sisters of the Poor and what the ruling means for them as well as similar organizations. The ruling has created a peculiar situation for religious organizations. He notes that the Supreme Court did not deal with […]
  • “Conservative Jurisprudence Resorts to Relativism”–Professor Hadley Arkes in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on June 7, 2018
    Writing at First Things, Professor Arkes weighs in on the decision of the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop. The majority opinion has been described as a “narrow” decision to vindicate a Colorado baker in his refusal to supply a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony. At stake were the defendant’s rights to free expression […]
  • Free Speech and Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

    by James Wilson Institute on September 25, 2017
    Jack Phillips, Barronelle Stutzman, Blaine Adamson, and the Larsen Family: each are blessed with extraordinary creativity and faith along with success in their private businesses. Jack bakes personalized cakes, Barronelle designs unique floral arrangements, Blaine prints custom shirts, and the Larsen’s videography captures the intimate stories of others. Each take pride in their faith and […]
  • “Ryan Anderson’s Powerful Case for Marriage”—Prof. Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on October 20, 2015
    Writing in The Catholic Thing, Prof. Hadley Arkes reviews Dr. Ryan Anderson’s book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. Arkes finds Anderson’s argument which defends marriage between one man and one woman as rooted in something more fundamental than the positive law. “Ryan Anderson has taken it as his mission to make the […]
  • “After Obergefell: Facing the Main Question”—Prof. Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on August 11, 2015
    Writing in The Catholic Thing, Prof. Hadley Arkes, in “After Obergefell: Facing the Main Question,” calls for the political branches to counteract the Court’s marriage decision with more substantive arguments in defense of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. “[A] ‘defensive’ strategy of resistance has run into problems recently also on […]
  • “The Paths of Resistance”—Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on July 14, 2015
    Writing in The Catholic Thing, Professor Hadley Arkes, in “The Paths of Resistance,” offers two possible (legislative) steps that can be taken in light of the Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Some excerpts: “In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, two lines of response may be open to those who […]
  • “After Obergefell: A First Things Symposium”—A Response from Prof. Hadley Arkes

    by James Wilson Institute on June 29, 2015
    Charged with the questions both of how we should “respond to the ruling by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage,” and of “what’s next” in the wake of that decision, several contributors to First Things offered their responses to the queries above. Arguing that we should proceed in […]