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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Taking on the speech police

Free Speech | Bill takes aim at campus restrictions on free expression
by Steve West
Posted 8/11/20, 12:36 pm

A public university in New Jersey recently threatened to punish a doctoral student for using a photo of President Donald Trump as his Zoom background during a virtual class on July 1.

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MacArthur defends worship

Religious Liberty | California churches push back against tighter restrictions in the state
by Steve West
Posted 8/10/20, 05:37 pm

Pastor John MacArthur stood behind the pulpit at his Southern California megachurch on Sunday and said, “I’m so happy to welcome you to the Grace Community Church peaceful protest.”

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Religious schools finding favor with the courts

Religious Liberty | A recent Supreme Court ruling about school choice pays off
by Steve West
Posted 8/06/20, 04:02 pm

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has breathed new life into school choice.

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court ordered the state of Vermont to allow students in religious schools to participate in a program that lets high school students earn college credits at the state’s expense. Juniors and seniors can enroll in two college classes for free—unless they go to a private religious school. A group of students and parents at Rice Memorial High School, run by the Catholic Diocese of Burlington, lost a lawsuit against the state in federal court last month and appealed.

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