Mary Reichard
Institute on Religion & Democracy

Denominational divide

Churches | The United Methodist Church is heading for a split, leaving lots of questions
by Mary Reichard
Posted 1/10/20, 02:39 pm

On Jan. 3, a group of leaders in the United Methodist Church crafted a proposal to divide the denomination into separate liberal and conservative communions.

Read more

The Slants

Seeing eye to eye

Race Issues | Why an Asian American band took its controversial trademark battle to the Supreme Court—and how its frontman saw humanity in others
by Mary Reichard
Posted 7/18/19, 03:31 pm

In 2013 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied an Oregon punk rock band’s request to trademark its name, “The Slants,” on grounds it disparaged Asian Americans. The band, led by California native Simon Tam, appealed: He says its goal was to reclaim the term from racial slurs and “inject it with pride.” In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the trademark denial violated the First Amendment and granted the band’s request. Since then, Tam has written a memoir and started a foundation to help Asian American artists.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Kevin Wolf

The cross goes to court

Religious Liberty | A Supreme Court case about a war memorial could have widespread implications for religious symbols
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich & Mary Reichard
Posted 3/05/19, 03:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in a case about a giant cross in Maryland that could affect public monuments and displays throughout the United States.

Read more