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Who controls church property?

Religious Liberty | Lawsuit asks the Supreme Court not to privilege denominations over congregations
by Steve West
Posted 9/08/20, 08:44 am

When Northern California’s historic Menlo Church voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2014, then–Senior Pastor John Ortberg agreed to sell his home to help pay nearly $9 million to the denomination so the congregation could keep its property. Otherwise, the church would have had to find a new place to worship.

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Bostock marches on

Religious Liberty | Courts continue to extend transgender ideology
by Steve West
Posted 9/05/20, 11:48 am

When the U.S. Supreme Court said in June that a federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination “on the basis of sex” covered gender identity and sexual orientation, the justices insisted their reasoning only applied to the context before them: employment. But as Justice Samuel Alito predicted in his dissent, the decision in Bostock v. Clayton County is already having “far-reaching consequences” in other areas.

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Appeals court tees up abortion funds showdown

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/03/20, 07:55 pm

In the state of Maryland, the Trump administration cannot enforce a rule that keeps taxpayer money from going to abortion, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday. The ruling only applies in one state, but it contradicts a decision by the 9th Circuit earlier this year, making it more likely the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually weigh in to settle the dispute.

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