Steve West

Steve is a legal correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and N.C. State University. He worked for 34 years as a federal prosecutor and is now an attorney in private practice. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @slntplanet.

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Pressing pause on pandemic powers

Religious Liberty | Churches push back against prolonged worship restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 10/20/20, 11:08 am

The Supreme Court has another chance to reckon with how much states can infringe on First Amendment rights during the pandemic. Two Chicago-area churches on Wednesday asked the justices to review a federal appeals court decision that upheld Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders restricting the size of worship services. It could make a difference for rulings in lower courts across the country.

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Facebook/Fuller Seminary

A win for religious schools

Religious Liberty | Court upholds seminary’s right to enforce sexual conduct code
by Steve West
Posted 10/13/20, 01:34 pm

A federal court on Wednesday upheld the right of a historic California seminary to expel two students who violated school policies about marriage and sexuality.

In a 19-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall ruled that Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., was exempt from Title IX, a federal education law that bars discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program receiving federal money.

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Canaan Baptist Church

Firehouse, or house of worship?

Religious Liberty | Dallas-area church fights to keep its land
by Steve West
Posted 10/13/20, 12:59 pm

When Pastor Jarvis Baker stands on Canaan Baptist Church’s plot of land in Duncanville, Texas, he doesn’t see just an empty field but a planned sanctuary and activity center. “I believe if your vision is not big enough, it’s not God-ordained,” he said. But an attempt by the city to seize the property puts the plan in danger.

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