Items included for this subject area come from a variety of sources. The perspectives conveyed may or may not express a Lutheran ethos. They can serve our instruction as discussion-starters, examples (positive and negative), and illustrations of intersections between God’s two kingdoms, intersections sometimes characterized by tension, sometimes by congruence. Inclusion does not imply endorsement.

"Open Book" by R. Marxhausen: the Bible, the book open to us all

Tennessee Law Subordinates School Athletics Schedule to Religious Holy Days

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New Tennessee Law Requires Religious Holy Day Accommodation For School Athletics: This law gives students’ religious observances priority over athletic schedules.  The new law provides: “A local education agency, local school board, school, educator, or employee or the employee’s representative may not require a student to attend a school athletic event, or event related to participation […]

Two Updates on Church Worker Legal Cases

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The Courts and Religious Employees:  these two cases from lower courts are part of the judicial practice around Hosanna-Tabor being worked out currently in the legal system. Defamation Suit Against Minister Not Necessarily Barred By Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine Teacher’s Defamation Verdict Against Archdiocese Upheld

Newman University (KS) to Start LGBTQ Support Group

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Catholic University in Kansas Plans LGBTQ Group: Newman University, a private Catholic school in Wichita, plans to offer a group next year to support its LGBTQ students while continuing to emphasize Catholic teaching that condones sex only in marriage between a man and a woman. Kevin Clack, the group’s first student leader, said he doesn’t agree with […]

On the New Artificial Womb

An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb: Scientists have created an “artificial womb” in the hopes of someday using the device to save babies born extremely prematurely.  Study research Dr. Alan Flake says his team has no interest in trying to gestate a fetus any earlier than about 23 weeks into pregnancy: “I […]

The Trinity Lutheran Arguments Update

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SCOTUSblog Post-arguments Sources: Several links to assorted summaries and discussions of the arguments before the Justices and their questions and remarks on the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer.  Those following this case can consider several perspectives and related concerns on the intersections of civil government and church ministries, and how broadly […]

Religious College, Student Theft, and Religious Doctrine

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No 1st Amendment Bar To Deciding Catholic College’s Student Expulsion: The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held that a Catholic college’s decision to expel a student is reviewable by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.  The college expelled an African American student a few weeks before his scheduled graduation, allegedly because the student retained some of the proceeds from […]

Preview: the Trinity Lutheran Supreme Court Case

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Debate: ‘Tire Scraps and Religious Liberty’ at Newseum — A 1 hr debate in video format on the merits and implications of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer case at the U.S. Supreme Court with Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom, Daniel Mach of the American Civil Liberties Union, and moderators Rich Wolf of USA Today, Amy […]

Appeals Court Expands Title VII Sex to Gender Idenity

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Sexual Orientation Discrimination Prohibited by Title VII: In a decision that will lead to a Supreme Court case, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (“Title VII”) protects employees who have been discriminated against on the […]

Ministerial Exception Applied at St. Stephen, LCMS

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Pastor’s Suit Dismissed Under Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine: The Michigan Court of Appeals applied the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine to dismiss a suit brought by a Lutheran pastor challenging actions that forced his resignation from St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. He claims this led to his “blacklisting” in the church and his inability to practice his profession.  The court […]

 

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