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"Supreme Court says Montana program aiding private schools must be open to religious schools."

WaPo reports.Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for a conservative majority in the 5 to 4 ruling, said the Montana Supreme Court was wrong to strike down the program because of a provision in the state constitution that forbids public funds from going to religious institutions. The U.S. Constitution’s protection of religious freedom prevails, he said.“A state need not subsidize private education,” Roberts wrote. “But once a state decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private school...
Tags: Supreme Court, Education, Law, Montana, John Roberts, Roberts, WaPo, John G Roberts Jr, Montana Supreme Court, Religion And Government, Establishment Clause, Ann Althouse, Free Exercise Clause


"Last night the Supreme Court declined to intervene in challenges by churches in southern California and the Chicago area to stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 crisis...."

"The court issued only a terse order in the Illinois case that referred to the new guidance issued by the state earlier this week. But the justices were closely divided in the California case, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the deciding vote and writing a late-night opinion to explain his decision to deny relief. The California case was filed on Tuesday by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church, which is located in Chula Vista, California – just south of San Diego. The church argued th...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Chicago, San Diego, Illinois, San Diego County, Gavin Newsom, State, John Roberts, Roberts, Kavanaugh, Chula Vista California, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, SCOTUSblog




How the government talks to us in Madison: "Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both."

Here's the Order of Public Health that was put up on the Madison & Dane County website yesterday.Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (Wis. Stats. §§ 252.03 & 252.25) and a violation of Dane County Ordinance §46.25(1) and Madison General Ordinance §7.05(6) punishable by forfeiture.Forfeiture!I hereby adopt the provisions contained within Emergency Order #28, Safer at Home Order, a copy of which i...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Madison, Operations, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, state Department of Health Services, Madison Dane County, Coronavirus, Order of Public Health


"France, the originator of the burqa ban, has done more than any other Western nation over the past decade to resist face coverings in public."

"But as the country begins to emerge from its coronavirus lockdown Monday, masks are mandatory.... 'If you are Muslim and you hide your face for religious reasons, you are liable to a fine and a citizenship course where you will be taught what it is to be "a good citizen,"' said Fatima Khemilat, a fellow at the Political Science Institute of Aix-en-Provence. 'But if you are a non-Muslim citizen in the pandemic, you are encouraged and forced as a "good citizen" to adopt "barrier gestures" to prot...
Tags: Law, France, Masks, Islam, Muslim, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Religious Garb, Olivier Roy, Islam Which, Fatima Khemilat, Political Science Institute of Aix


I'm watching a new Trump campaign ad — "Biden stands up for China" — because Trump adversaries are attacking it.

I don't know if or when I would have noticed this thing, but I did see that "Gary Locke" was trending on Twitter, and that's what led me here:When a name that you recognize trends on Twitter, you tend to click on it to see if this person has died. You might not recognize the name Gary Locke, but I did, because his name was on one of the most important freedom of religion cases, Locke v. Davey, and I taught a course on religion and the Constitution for many years. Locke's name is on the case beca...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Obama, Washington, China, Advertising, Joe Biden, Beijing, United States, Viral Video, Syracuse, Biden, Costco, Edward, Trump, Thomas


Iran warned its people that "millions" may die. This came "after hard-line Shiite faithful... pushed their way into the courtyards of two major shrines that had just been closed over fears of the virus."

AP reports.This is very sad. It shows the problem of embedding people too deeply in religion. They feel they need to get to the shrine, apparently.Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader issued a religious ruling prohibiting “unnecessary” travel in the country.It's possible that religion can help people follow orders and that the religious leaders can look to medical experts to decide what orders to give. In the abstract, I might guess that it's easier for an authoritarian country to make everyone do w...
Tags: Law, Iran, Ap, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


"Effective as of 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020, and continuing until further notice, public and private Mass Gatherings, defined below, are hereby prohibited in the City of Madison and Dane County."

We here in Madison have been ordered not to go to church.For purposes of this Order, a “Mass Gathering” is any event or convening, subject to the exceptions listed below, that brings together or is likely to bring together two hundred fifty (250) or more people in a single room or single confined or enclosed space at the same time, such as, by way of example and without limitation, an auditorium, stadium, arena, conference room, meeting hall, theater, exhibition center, museum, places of worship...
Tags: Law, Madison, Dane County, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


"Even by Trumpian standards, the jowly Barr, in his large round glasses, pinstripe suit and Trump-red tie, was strikingly sycophantic."

"'In his State of the Union, President Trump delivered a message of genuine optimism filled with an unapologetic faith in God and in American greatness and in the common virtues of the American people: altruism, industriousness, self-reliance and generosity,' he read, deadpan. Trump, he went on, 'loves this country,' and 'he especially loves you.' The boot-licking performance continued, about Trump’s wise leadership, his unbroken promises and even the just-impeached president’s passionate belief...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Prostitution, Wikipedia, Church, Charity, Fat, Hawaii, Elton John, Jesus, Las Vegas, Annie, Baltimore, Doj, Justice Department, Trump


When a politician says he's "profoundly religious" and that explains what he is doing, do we shrink from the question of sincerity?

I'm asking the general question, which I've thought about a lot (having taught a course on Religion and the Constitution for more than a decade). But you know the prompt for my question, Mitt Romney's assertion:"I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential... I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wro...
Tags: Law, Senate, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Romney, Atheists, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Religion And Politics, Impeachment, Mitt Romney and religion


"President Donald Trump would have you believe we are 'far left.' Others have said we are not Bible-believing Christians. Neither is true. Christianity Today is theologically conservative."

"We are pro-life and pro-family. We are firm supporters of religious liberties and economic opportunity for men and women to exercise their gifts and create value in the world. We believe in the authority of Scripture.... American evangelicals have always been a loose coalition of tribes. We have fought one another as often as we have fought together. We at Christianity Today believe we need to relearn the art of balancing two things: having a firm opinion and inviting free discussion. ... We ar...
Tags: Law, Christianity, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Trump, Hill, Christianity Today, Mark Galli, Galli, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Religion And Politics, Impeachment, Trump and religion


Sometimes God chooses cancer.

July 22, 2015: "Rick Perry just gave an epic speech raging against Donald Trump and comparing him to a 'cancer'" (Business Insider)."Let no one be mistaken - Donald Trump's candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded," Perry said.... "It cannot be pacified or ignored, for it will destroy a set of principles that has lifted more people out of poverty than any force in the history of the civilized world - the cause of conservatism.... [M]ost telli...
Tags: Law, White House, Cancer, David, Rick Perry, God, John Adams, Donald Trump, Forgiveness, Trump, McCain, Perry, Saul, Solomon, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse


"Iran has arrested an Instagram celebrity famous for drastically altering her appearance through cosmetic surgery..."

"The social media star known as Sahar Tabar was detained on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which deals with 'cultural crimes and social and moral corruption'... She faces charges including blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption," The Guardian reports, based on a report from the "semi-official" Tasnim news agency.Here's the crazy-looking picture of her, which is said to resemble Angelina Jolie (in some zombie sort of i...
Tags: Crime, Instagram, Law, Iran, Transgender, Plastic Surgery, Angelina Jolie, Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Free Speech, Tasnim, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Photoshopping, Tabar


"If there are any angels in heaven, they are all male and female nurses," says Joe Biden.

If there are any angels in heaven, they are all male and female nurses. pic.twitter.com/ImQGL8r04B — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 5, 2019 That's something Joe (or whoever runs his Twitter account) chose to feature, not just in a clip but in text, and it's a little disconcerting to experience such slap-in-the-face ineptness with language. I accept politicians using religion in their speeches to the general public, believers and nonbelievers, despite the principle of the separation of religion ...
Tags: Law, Careers, Joe Biden, Lincoln, Biden, Heaven, Joe, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Lightweight Religion


"I’m surprised by his announcement video. It’s negative and depressing, mentioning racism and anti-Semitism and a woman who died at a white supremacist rally..."

"... even as it tries to be inspiring (showing Martin Luther King, Jr. right before cutting to Biden announcing his candidacy). He’s focused on what’s wrong with the incumbent president, but says nothing distinctive about himself in over 3 minutes. The subtext is: Unlike the many candidates who’ve only come to your attention this year, I don’t need to introduce myself. I need no introduction. You don't need to be reminded of my time as Vice President, and I don't need to tell you where I stand o...
Tags: Law, America, John, Biden, Martin Luther King Jr, John John, Religion And Government, Jaltcoh, John Althouse Cohen, Ann Althouse


"With the start of the new year, Belgium became the latest European country to ban traditional Jewish and Muslim animal slaughtering practices."

"The move was applauded by animal rights activists but condemned by religious leaders who see the ban as a threat to their communities. At issue is whether to allow religious exemptions to European Union rules that state animals must be knocked out before they are slaughtered, which supporters say is more humane. The United States has similar regulations, but allows for religious exemptions.... Religious leaders say minimizing an animal’s pain has always been central to their traditions, and a r...
Tags: Meat, Law, Nazis, European Union, United States, Animal Cruelty, Belgium, Muslim, North American Meat Institute, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse


"They operate like the mafia. If they pull your hechsher, you are screwed. They tell other places not to give you a hechsher."

Said Chaim Kirshner, the owner of a Kosher restaurant — a "hechsher" is kosher certification — quoted in "NYC kosher cops force restaurants to cancel bookings of lesbian Jewish comic" (NY Daily News).[Leah] Forster’s life as a Jewish lesbian isn’t part of her act, but rabbis from the Vaad Harabanim of Flatbush, the kosher certification organization, still decided hosting her event would be a violation of Torah law.And what about the city's anti-discrimination law? The Commission on Human Rights ...
Tags: Law, Restaurants, Judaism, Ny Daily News, Flatbush, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Chaim Kirshner, Leah -RSB- Forster


"It is Christianity that came to champion the individual conscience against the collective, which paved the way for individual rights."

"It is in Christianity that the seeds of Western religious toleration were first sown. Christianity is the only monotheism that seeks no sway over Caesar, that is content with the ultimate truth over the immediate satisfaction of power. It was Christianity that gave us successive social movements, which enabled more people to be included in the liberal project, thus renewing it. It was on these foundations that liberalism was built, and it is by these foundations it has endured. The question we ...
Tags: Law, America, Christianity, Caesar, Andrew Sullivan, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Religion Substitutes, New Religions NY Magazine


"The Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Warner Bros. and Netflix, alleging copyright violation of its goat-headed statue, which it says appears in the new 'Sabrina' series."

The NYT reports:The temple argues that the television show not only copied its conception of the deity — a muscled figure with two young children staring up at it — but also that it gives the statue and the Satanic Temple itself a bad rap. The Satanic Temple, based in Salem, Mass., defines its mission, in part, to “reject tyrannical authority” and to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.”...But in “Sabrina,” the lawsuit argues, the statue is an evil symbol representing the show’s ...
Tags: TV, Law, Copyright, Netflix, Satan, Jesus, Intellectual Property, Warner Bros, Lucien Greaves, Salem Mass, Sabrina, Lederman, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Bad Art, lawsuits I hope will fail


"Pakistan’s highest court has spared the life of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in a long-awaited ruling Wednesday..."

WaPo reports, in "A Pakistani Christian woman who faced the death penalty for blasphemy is acquitted by high court after 8 years on death row."Asia Bibi, a mother and farmer, had spent eight years seeking mercy from appeals courts while imprisoned on death row. The supreme court acquitted Bibi of making “derogatory remarks” about the Muslim prophet Muhammad, ruling that the evidence against her appeared fabricated and insufficient.That is, the court did not say there's a free speech right to bla...
Tags: Protest, Law, Pakistan, Islam, Death Penalty, Muslim, Evidence, Free Speech, Bibi, Tehreek, Muhammad, WaPo, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, TLP, Haris Ahmed


"What [Christine Blasey Ford is] describing, I saw at parties in 2003 and ’04. Boys trying to take advantage of girls who were drunk."

Said Eric Ruyak, who attended Georgetown Prep in the 2000s — long after Kavanaugh left — quoted — for what it's worth — in USA Today."It’s predominantly white, very homogeneous," Ruyak said. "There’s a tremendous amount of wealth, no women, and, quite frankly, male teachers making lewd jokes. I feel badly. I know plenty of wonderful guys who went to Prep. "When I went to Northwestern (University), I saw then how malignant that environment really is.”The article also quotes Elizabeth Mitchell, "a...
Tags: Usa, Supreme Court, Law, Catholic, Catholics, Northwestern University, Georgetown, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kavanaugh, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ruyak, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Georgetown Prep, Christine Blasey Ford


WaPo's Fact Checker gives 4 Pinocchios to Kamala Harris for her attack on Brett Kavanaugh.

Here's the Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler.At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, Kavanaugh, asked to talk about a case he'd participated in on the D.C. Circuit, said:“That was a group that was being forced to provide a certain kind of health coverage over their religious objection to their employees, and under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the question was first, was this a substantial burden on the religious exercise? And it seemed to me quite clearly it was.... It was a technical ma...
Tags: Law, Pregnancy, Abortion, Jesus, Kamala Harris, Jesus Christ, Kessler, Senate Judiciary Committee, HARRIS, D C Circuit, WaPo, Kavanaugh, Glenn Kessler, RFRA, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse


"Iranian officials have grown increasingly exercised by the online behavior of their fellow citizens."

"In the 'Wrong Path' [TV] program, a justice official said that many people online suffer from 'inferiority complexes' and are only interested in getting as many likes as possible. Talking to one of those arrested, the official, Farid Najafnia, said he was shocked. 'I asked, Did you have no shame, no modesty,' he said in an interview for the TV program. 'You published publicly the most private things that should be protected by personal privacy. She said: I recognize cyberspace as a totally priv...
Tags: Instagram, Privacy, Law, Youtube, Iran, Metaphor, Dancing, Shame, Slang, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Maedeh Hojabri, Hojabri, Farid Najafnia, Instagram Antlers


"The Bush lives loudly in Kavanaugh."

Said former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II, about Brett M. Kavanaugh, who is (supposedly) one of 3 finalists for the Supreme Court nomination, quoted in "Trump narrows list for Supreme Court pick, with focus on Kavanaugh and Kethledge" (WaPo).Cuccinelli is making a very witty play on "The dogma lives loudly within you," which is something  Sen. Dianne Feinstein famously said to Amy Coney Barrett, who is another one of the 3 finalists.Kavanaugh worked in the George W. Bush White Hous...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, White House, Virginia, Politico, Golf, Bill Murray, Michigan, Smith, George W Bush, Catholics, White, Jones, Jim White, Trump


"But according to a person close to the president, Judge Kavanaugh, who has served 12 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is the leading candidate in the president’s mind..."

Writes Adam Liptak in the NYT.Mr. Trump believes Judge Kavanaugh has been on the bench long enough to give the president a sense of where he stands on various issues and that Judge [Amy Coney] Barrett is fairly young and could use more judicial experience. She has less than 1 year of it!The administration might want to keep her in reserve should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, leave the court.....“A lot of social conservatives have coalesced around Amy,” said Jonathan H. Adler, a law professor ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, White House, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dianne Feinstein, Trump, Amy, Feinstein, Brett, Adam Liptak, Case Western Reserve University, Barrett, Jonathan H Adler, Kavanaugh, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse


"Some conquistadors wrote about the tzompantli and its towers, estimating that the rack alone contained 130,000 skulls."

"But historians and archaeologists knew the conquistadors were prone to exaggerating the horrors of human sacrifice to demonize the Mexica culture. As the centuries passed, scholars began to wonder whether the tzompantli had ever existed. Archaeologists at the National Institute of Anthropology and History... can now say with certainty that it did. Beginning in 2015, they discovered and excavated the remains of the skull rack and one of the towers underneath a colonial period house on the street...
Tags: Law, History, Mexico City, Death Penalty, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Mexica, National Institute of Anthropology and History


Trump wins the travel ban case.

Here's the PDF of the Supreme Court case, issued just now.ROBERTS, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which KENNEDY, THOMAS, ALITO, and GORSUCH, JJ., joined. KENNEDY, J., and THOMAS, J., filed concurring opinions. BREYER, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which KAGAN, J., joined. SOTOMAYOR, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which GINSBURG, J., joined.From the Roberts opinion:Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, foreign nationals seeking entry into the United States undergo a v...
Tags: Europe, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, United States, Islam, Evans, National Security, Jackson, Muslims, Kennedy, Trump, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts


Jeff Sessions is making us talk about what the Bible says.

I'm reading "Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families. The verses he cited are infamous" by Kyle Swenson in The Washington Post. Asked to defend the separation of children from parents taking them illegally across the U.S. border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said:“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes... Orderly and lawful processes are...
Tags: Prison, Law, Stephen Colbert, Washington Post, Germany, Bible, Morality, Frost, Romans, Calif, PAUL, Roman, Nero, Jeff Sessions, Swenson, Religion And Government


Masterpiece Cakeshop is not a judicial masterpiece.

It's kind of a mess! It's the Cake Wrecks of opinions...I'm reading Richard A. Epstein at SCOTUSblog, "The worst form of judicial minimalism — Masterpiece Cakeshop deserved a full vindication for its claims of religious liberty and free speech." And he wants something CLEAR!Judicial minimalism may sound nice in theory. But where the court is faced with a clear question of high principle, the whole nation loses when it is handled in a muddled and ham-handed way. The Cakeshop fiasco needs to be pu...
Tags: Cake, Supreme Court, Law, Smith, Antonin Scalia, Don, Scalia, Epstein, Richard Epstein, Smith Don, Minimalism, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Too Many Rules, Employment Division, Richard A Epstein


"The Commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion."

Writes Justice Kennedy for the majority in today's Masterpiece Cakeshop case:Phillips was entitled to a neutral decisionmaker who would give full and fair consideration to his religious objection as he sought to assert it in all of the circumstances in which this case was presented, considered, and decided. In this case the adjudication concerned a context that may well be different going forward in the respects noted above. However later cases raising these or similar concerns are resolved in t...
Tags: Cake, Same-sex Marriage, Law, Colorado, Court, Commission, Johnson, Free Speech, Kennedy, Thomas, Phillips, Roberts, Ginsburg, Alito, Sotomayor, Breyer