Steve West

Steve is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course.

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School is in, but religion is out

First Amendment | Settlement curbs religious expression for Louisiana students, teachers
by Steve West
Posted 2/05/19, 03:38 pm

In Bossier City, La., school board meetings regularly begin with prayer, yet school employees can’t quietly pray or read a Bible within sight of students.

That’s because a settlement agreed to last week restricts religious expression in public schools in the Bossier Parish area outside Shreveport. In the agreement, filed Jan. 23, the parties agreed some of the school district’s policies or practices violated the U.S. Constitution’s ban on the establishment of religion by endorsing or promoting Christianity. A federal court is expected to approve the settlement.

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Out with a bang

Television | Top-rated, long-running Big Bang Theory appealed to the misfit in us all
by Steve West & Laura G. Singleton
Posted 1/31/19, 12:13 am

“Our long collective nightmare is finally over.”

That’s how critic Stuart Heritage of The Guardian celebrated the announcement by CBS that the current and 12th season of The Big Bang Theory would be its last. Yet the 15-20 million viewers who watch the half-hour sitcom each week likely feel otherwise.

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Christian school appeals zoning fight to Supreme Court

Religious Liberty | Lawyers say the city should treat religious and nonreligious groups the same
by Steve West
Posted 1/22/19, 04:01 pm

A private Christian school in Ohio has taken its eight-year battle for a new campus to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, Tree of Life Christian Schools in Upper Arlington, Ohio, petitioned the justices to review a lower court ruling upholding the city’s denial of zoning approval.

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