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

Supreme Court: Church Health Care Plans

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High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute: Supreme Court Justices considered the cases of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding pension plans covering about 100,000 employees. But the outcome ultimately could affect the retirement benefits of roughly a million employees around the country. Workers suing the health systems argue that Congress never meant […]

Another Hosanna-Tabor Case

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Religious Exemption from Employment Discrimination Center of Appeals Court Case: The Second Federal Appeals Court appeared to favor arguments that would shield religious schools from many charges of discrimination. Joanne Fratello, who served as principal at St. Anthony’s, a Catholic school in Nanuet, New York, sued when the school opted not to renew her contract. […]

WY Supreme Court Censures Non-SSM Judge

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Court decides to censure, not remove anti-gay marriage judge: Here is the Associated Press coverage on municipal judge Ruth Neely (member of an LCMS congregation) who in 2014 mentioned to a reporter that she would not preside over a same-sex marriage and was then charged with ethics violations by the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics.

The Transgender Bathroom Case, cont.

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Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. — SCOTUSblog is covering the transgender bathroom case at http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/gloucester-county-school-board-v-g-g/ For an overview of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. see Justices send transgender bathroom case back to lower courts, no action on same-sex marriage cake case.

Ministerial Exception, cont.

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Catholic High School Loses Ministerial Exception Defense In Suit By Former Teacher: This case may serve as an example of how the Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court Decision is being understood or not understood at the local level.  The Monrovia Patch reports that a California state trial court has rejected the ministerial exception defense raised by a Glendora, California […]

Transgender Bathrooms: Differing Amici Briefs from Religious Coalitions

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Religious Coalitions Take Contrasting Positions As Amici In Transgender Bathroom Case: Broad coalitions of religious groups have, through amicus briefs, now weighed in on opposite sides of the battle over transgender rights and Title IX that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 28 in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.(SCOTUSblog case page).  See links […]

Update on Boy Scouts and Trail Life

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Boy Scouts Christian alternative sees ‘tremendous response’ after transgender decision: Since the Boy Scouts of America decided to accept transgender youngsters, there appears to be a growing market for a different kind of scouting group. The BSA does not require troops chartered by houses of worship to accept children who do not identify with their birth gender. Nevertheless, the […]

Vouchers, Tax Credits, cont.

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Georgia high court to decide fate of scholarships serving low-income children: Is a tax credit the same as a tax deduction? A long-simmering lawsuit against the state’s tax credit scholarship program got a hearing in Georgia’s high court Monday, when lawyers argued whether the $58 million program violates a constitutional mandate for the separation of church and […]

Calvin College, the DoE, and God’s Kingdom

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Advancing God’s Kingdom: Calvinism, Calvin College, and Betsy DeVos — the author addresses some oversimplifications in the popular press about recent developments for the DoE secretary nominee: “If we want to understand the religious traditions that most influence Betsy DeVos, then, we need to look both inside and outside the CRC. Religious people do not […]

 

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