Steve West

Steve is an attorney and freelance writer based in Raleigh, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @slntplanet or at his blog.

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A victory for religious autonomy

First Amendment | The Supreme Court reaffirms discrimination protections for religious schools
by Steve West
Posted 7/14/20, 01:27 pm

Religious school administrators celebrated Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision vindicating their right to make decisions about who should teach children about their faith.

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Victory for the Little Sisters

Religious Liberty | The Supreme Court upholds nuns’ objections to the contraceptive mandate, but will the decision hold?
by Steve West
Posted 7/08/20, 06:19 pm

A historic order of nuns who minister to the elderly poor gained a reprieve from the Supreme Court Wednesday. A majority of justices upheld a Trump administration rule exempting employers with religious and moral objections from providing contraception in group healthcare plans. 

But the ruling may not bring an immediate end to the seven-year legal battle by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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An impossible choice for Christian business owners

First Amendment | Wedding photographer’s dilemma highlights the need for clarity on conscience rights
by Steve West
Posted 7/07/20, 05:39 pm

A Christian wedding photographer in Virginia faces three bad options: compromising his religious beliefs, violating the law and risking bankruptcy, or shutting down. Chris Herring takes photos for LGBT clients but draws the line at content that violates his faith, like photographing a same-sex wedding. “I happily work with and serve all customers,” he said, “but I can’t and won’t let the state force me to express messages that contradict my beliefs.”

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