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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Churches given no room to grow

Religious Liberty | Zoning rules create barriers to religious freedom
by Steve West
Posted 8/31/20, 07:29 pm

When Illinois pastor Keinon Washington stands to preach, he sees growth potential. “We’re kingdom builders,” he said. “We believe in the Scripture that says to go and compel them to come, that His house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).

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Judge refuses to stop MacArthur’s church from meeting

Religious Liberty | California worshippers continue to meet as their cases go to court
by Steve West
Posted 8/25/20, 05:23 pm

After a monthlong tug of war, John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church likely will meet indoors and in person again on Sunday after a judge refused to enforce Los Angeles County’s gathering ban by court order—at least for now.

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Public forum vs. government speech

First Amendment | Courts consider how the First Amendment applies to government-approved messages
by Steve West
Posted 8/24/20, 09:10 pm

When Hal Shurtleff requested permission to fly his organization’s Christian flag above Boston City Hall in 2017, he had no reason to think the city would deny his request. He was wrong.

Shurtleff’s case highlights the distinction between government speech and private speech in government-regulated forums. Similar questions have surfaced recently concerning Black Lives Matter murals on the streets of U.S. cities.

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