Supreme Court Affirms Rights of Religious Schools on Employment

July 9, 2020 ...

The decision upholds the constitutional doctrine known as the “ministerial exception” to civil rights employment claims. The doctrine was first established in Hosanna Tabor in 2012, and is part of a line of cases decided under what the Supreme Court called “principles of church autonomy.” The Supreme Court rejected the Ninth Circuit’s decision that limited …

Supreme Court Prohibits Discrimination Against Religion in Public Benefit Programs

July 1, 2020 ...

Like over half the states in the United States, Montana has a constitutional provision known as a “Blaine Amendment” that bars state aid to religious organizations. Based on that provision, the Department of Revenue prohibited the use of the scholarship funds by students attending religious schools, while they allowed scholarship funds to be applied other …

Pro-Life Brief Heads to Supreme Court

January 14, 2019 ...

In December, the National Association of Evangelicals joined an amicus brief in Commissioner of Indiana Department of Health v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Concerned Women for America, National Legal Foundation and Pacific Justice Institute on a cert petition to the U.S. Supreme Court appealing the 7th Circuit ruling.  The …

Win for Pro-Life Crisis Pregnancy Centers

July 3, 2018 ...

The case challenged a 2015 California law that required centers offering licensed medical care to provide their clients with information on where they can obtain free or low-cost abortions. The centers argued that the law compels pro-life citizens to deliver a pro-abortion message, when their purpose is to encourage expectant mothers to choose alternatives to …

Buxton v. Kurtinitis

October 21, 2016 ...

He learned that his application score had been lowered by one administrator because in answer to a question about the source of his morals he briefly mentioned his Christian faith. A federal district court dismissed Buxton’s complaint as failing to state a claim. He is now appealing to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The …

Update: Stormans v. Wiesman

June 29, 2016 ...

In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito warned, “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have great cause for concern.” Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas also dissented to the denial of the request to review the circuit decision.

Update: Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

May 17, 2016 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals, co-amici on a brief defending the Little Sisters of the Poor, welcomes the court’s decision that encourages lower courts, government and religious groups to work together to find solutions that uphold the conscience and integrity of religious groups that are dedicated to education, health care and social services. Galen Carey, NAE …