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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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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Mask mutiny

First Amendment | COVID-19 rules test the balance of personal liberty and social good
by Steve West
Posted 8/04/20, 02:26 pm

Steve Armstrong struggles with recommendations to wear masks in public. A frequent business traveler, the Apex, N.C., resident remembers realizing he didn’t have a mask on his last flight while most of the other passengers wore them.

“I just felt sick seeing them,” he said. “You can’t get the nonverbal communication you normally have, and it’s fear-inducing.”

While Armstrong objects to government-mandated masks, he said he wears one when required because they may help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Good people will do their part,” he said.

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