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

Unanimous Religion Decision at SCOTUS

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Religiously affiliated hospitals win Supreme Court pension case: This case study can introduce students to the establishment clause, 7th commandment issues for pension and retirement funds, religious liberty issues, and who says what the church is and is not. The 8-0 ruling reverses lower court decisions that sided with hospital workers who argued that the exemption from […]

Military Expands Religious Affiliation

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Why the US Military Wants Fewer Generic Christians: The general categories of “Protestant, no denominational preference” and “Protestant, other churches” have been removed from the Department of Defense (DoD) list of recognized religions as the US military seeks out more detailed designations for its 1.3 million service members. The Armed Forces Chaplains Board made these changes to […]

Hosanna-Tabor, cont.

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Hebrew Teacher’s ADA Suit Barred By Ministerial Exception Doctrine: The Supreme Court’s doctrine of ministerial exception continues to be worked out in the lower courts, including this case in religious education. In rejecting the plaintiff’s argument that her teaching of Hebrew was cultural, not religious, the court nevertheless commented that “a religious organization could abuse […]

Case: Public Schools and Religious Diversity

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San Diego schools sued over anti-Islamophobia campaign: Public schools now often find themselves in untenable situations regarding religious diversity in a society that no longer adheres to a shared narrative of life.  Students can use this case to examine conflicting norms, values, and aims in education and the viability of public education in 21st century […]

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 […]

 

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