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 …

Evangelical Leaders Encourage Participation in Census

July 7, 2020 ...

“Census data impact decisions at the national, state, tribal and local levels — from congressional representation to the allocation of billions of dollars,” said Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “A full count helps distribute resources more equitably, which is why many churches, denominations and organizations promote participation.” Deborah Pegues, best-selling author …

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 …

Love > Civility

June 24, 2020 ...

We must labor at biting our tongue when we want to lash out. Civility can make us weary. But we do not tire easily of insults. I say this, because I’ve spent time studying honor and shame in social settings and political discourse. My doctoral dissertation from Harvard was on the rhetorical use of insults …

Why I Don’t Preach Partisan Politics

June 22, 2020 ...

Apart from disengaging from the culture entirely, I don’t think it is possible to sidestep politics. Any pastor who avoids preaching about anything politicians talk about will have decided not to address anything relevant to anyone who is listening. I’ve been accused (wrongly) of “preaching politics” whenever I have addressed biblical issues like racism, the …

Uncommon Decency

June 19, 2020 ...

Not Civility Alone Not that civility is the be-all and end-all of life. We will not solve all our problems simply by becoming more civil people. There are times when it is appropriate to manifest some very uncivil feelings. “Passionate intensity” is not always out of place. If I am going to be a more …

Dreamers Need Permanent Legal Protections

June 18, 2020 ...

NAE President Walter Kim joined with other members of the Evangelical Immigration Table in advocating Congress to permanently resolve the situation for Dreamers. “We are thankful that, for now, the Supreme Court decision will allow continued protection for Dreamers.  Immigration policy is complex, and some aspects may be controversial. But embracing the Dreamers who have …

Making a Way Out of No Way

June 17, 2020 ...

The Expectations Project, the organization I lead, focuses on engaging people of faith to become policy advocates to improve America’s low-income public schools. The systemic policy change we seek often seems insurmountable as opposing education factions can dig into their own ideals, unwilling to compromise. Policy and political change require both an eye on the …

NAE Webinar on Title VII Supreme Court Decision

June 16, 2020 ...

In this member-only webinar, NAE Legal Counsel Carl Esbeck and CCCU President Shirley Hoogstra unpack the Supreme Court’s decision and discuss its impact on religious employers and employees for years to come. Carl Esbeck publishes widely in the area of religious liberty and church-state relations. In particular, this article published in the Oxford Journal of …