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High court hears death penalty and sentencing guideline cases

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Supreme Court | The U.S. Supreme Court justices, divided on what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, recently heard oral arguments in cases about the death penalty and…

Supreme Court hears death penalty case in horrific Kansas killings

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Supreme Court | Fifteen years after two brothers terrorized the community of Wichita, Kan., in a gruesome crime spree, their death penalty case has made it to the Supreme…

Immigration policy gridlock allows sanctuary cities to persist

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Immigration | The legality of so-called sanctuary cities became a top concern in the nation with the killing this summer of a 32-year-old woman named Kate Steinle. A…

A few states are protecting religious freedom

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Religious Liberty | Two state legislatures are trying to bring some order to the legal chaos created when the U.S. Supreme Court imposed a new marriage definition on all 50…

Demolishing homes, churches for the ‘public good’

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Courts | Houston’s Fifth Ward, once known as the Bloody Nickel, is a community plagued by crime, drugs, and violence. It’s also home to two churches that work to…

Churches and taxation: An old tradition draws new opponents

Churches and taxation: An old tradition draws new opponents

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Religious Liberty | The genesis of property tax exemption for churches goes back to the book of Exodus. During the time of the Old Testament, the Egyptians exempted their…

Four important religious liberty cases on trial

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Religious Liberty | Several religious liberty cases are making their way through the legal system, many arising from decisions the U.S. Supreme Court has made. While some, like…

A legal history of exposés: From sausage-making to abortion

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Abortion | Later this week, a judge will hear arguments in a case against pro-life journalists brought by StemExpress, the company that until Friday contracted with…

Judge’s impartiality questioned in abortion video case

Judge’s impartiality questioned in abortion video case

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Courts | A judge’s decision in a case about investigative videos by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has raised questions of ethics because of his…

Amish education case set religious liberty legal standards

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Religious Liberty | In 1971, a U.S. Supreme Court case dealt with the question of whether a family’s religious liberty includes the education of its children. The answer was…

Navigating public school as a Christian parent

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Public Schools | Advice for parents who don’t want public education to erode their students’ faith and values

A lesson from Muhammad Ali in conscientious objection

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Supreme Court | Less than a month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court discovered a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry. The court ordered county clerks in all 50…

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