Supreme Court Rules For Ark. Prisoner In Dispute Over Beard

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an Arkansas prisoner must be permitted to grow a half-inch beard for religious purposes. In a 9-0 decision handed down Jan. 20, the high court said Gregory Holt, who goes by the name Abdul Maalik Muhammed and identifi ... Read »

Ala. Chief Justice Urges Defiance Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

An infamous Alabama jurist’s pledge of defiance on legalized same-sex marriage has landed him in hot water. In January, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost his job in 2003 over his refusal to remove a Decalogue display from a courthous ... Read »

Symbols and Civil Religion

Courts Have Tended To Uphold ‘Ceremonial’ Uses Of Religion By The Government, But Critics Say It’s Time To Reassess

Some very powerful people in the United States see absolutely nothing wrong with generalized government endorsement of religious belief. “I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: tha ... Read »

Undue Influence

Catholic Church’s Role In U.S.-Cuba Deal Highlights Pope Francis’ Growing Diplomatic Clout

On December 17, 2014, Alan Gross flew home. This journey wouldn’t normally be notable. But Gross is American, and he flew home from Havana, Cuba, where he had been in prison for five years – with a decade longer to go. The saga of Gross’ imprisonment and ... Read »