The Real Story of Church and State

November 15, 2019 ...

Based out of the University of Missouri, Carl has published widely in the area of religious liberty and church-state relations. He has also served as NAE legal counsel since 2002. In this podcast, you’ll learn: How different states handled the relationship between church and state in early America; Who were the “religious dissenters” that played …

Thoughtful, Knowledgeable Voices

October 25, 2019 ...

The state prosecutors had already threatened the pastor with jail if he refused to testify about his conversation with the accused. I had done enough research on the clergy-penitent privilege to know that many states, including the state in which the pastor lived, recognized only a very narrow privilege for a clergy member not to …

Significant Religious Freedom Concerns on The Equality Act

May 7, 2019 ...

If the measure became law, many religious schools and charities would have to change their faith-based policies and practices, or face sanctions that could force them to close their doors. Before the House voted on the legislation, NAE President Leith Anderson joined a letter to members of Congress expressing concern over the consequences to religious …

Religious Liberty & Civil Rights

March 14, 2019 ...

In early 21st century America, there has been an intensifying conflict between protection of individual and organizational religious liberty and the civil rights of LGBT persons. Both sides of this polarization have factions calling for laws that are perceived as oppressive and discriminatory by others. Some have sought solutions acceptable to all. The primary approaches …

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 …

NAE Welcomes Masterpiece Decision

June 5, 2018 ...

“This decision is a win not just for Jack Phillips, but for all Americans who care about freedom of conscience and religion,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “Government must not demonize the religion or religious beliefs of its citizens.” A Colorado commissioner had compared Phillips’ religious opposition to same-sex marriage to Nazis who operated concentration …

Religious Freedom and the Law

November 15, 2017 ...

Based out of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Tom’s work has been cited several times by the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. In this podcast, you’ll hear from a leading legal scholar on: The most concerning current religious freedom issues in the United States; Whether sexual orientation should be …

Protect the Religious Freedom of California Religious Institutions

September 25, 2017 ...

Dear Governor Brown: The undersigned faith groups are each dynamically present as faith-based nonprofit employers in the state of California. We write collectively to urge you to veto AB 569 (Gonzalez Fletcher), which would adversely and unnecessarily impact our effectiveness in serving the people of California by subjecting us to potential costly and irresponsible legal …

Responding to Religious Freedom Executive Order

May 4, 2017 ...

We welcome the promise, repeated today, that religious organizations will not be required to provide drugs that may act as abortifacients and services that violate their commitment to protect all human life. Now we call on the administration to promptly issue revised regulations and resolve lingering legal disputes over this issue. Most evangelical leaders do …