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.

Back to school in Ohio

Religious Liberty | Appeals court order allows Christian schools to reopen
by Steve West
Posted 1/05/21, 02:28 pm

A New Year’s Eve ruling vindicated nine Ohio Christian schools, blocking implementation of a county order that closed all schools for grades 7-11.

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Some religious liberty wins in 2020

Religious Liberty | Despite challenges, a shift in the Supreme Court led to a stronger defense for houses of worship
by Steve West
Posted 12/29/20, 02:12 pm

Historians looking back at 2020 may key in on a culture upended by pandemic, racial protests, and a particularly fraught election. But a bevy of U.S. Supreme Court decisions strengthening religious liberty—for individuals, churches, and other institutions—could prove the more enduring seismic shift.

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Back to church in Nevada

Religious Liberty | Pandemic-spawned restrictions on places of worship continue to fall
by Steve West
Posted 12/21/20, 02:00 pm

The website of the Las Vegas–area church Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley features a new banner: “Church services have resumed.”

A federal appeals court panel last week ruled Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s 50-person cap on in-person worship services was unconstitutional, overturning a lower court decision. It’s the latest court ruling to reel in governors’ pandemic restrictions on churches.

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