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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Jailed: Christian Thought Leaders Respond
Various, BreakPoint

On September 3, Judge David L. Bunning jailed Kim Davis, Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk who refused to issue same-sex “marriage” licenses. Davis, an elected official who can only be removed from office by the State legislature, claims issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples per the recent Supreme Court ruling would violate her religious liberty.

How Democrats became secular and Republicans became religious. (It’s not what you think.)
John Sides, Washington Post

Back in 2012, partisan battles over religion continued. The Republican Party platform accused the Democratic Party of waging a “war on religion.” News media paid attention to the absence of the word “God” from the initial 2012 Democratic Party platform. How did we get here?

When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job?
Eugene Volokh, Washington Post

Can your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job? This is one of the questions in the Kentucky County Clerk marriage certificate case. But it also arises in lots of other cases.

Conscience & Property Rights: Obama vs. Little Sisters of the Poor
Bruce Frohnen, The Imaginative Conservative

The legal arguments involved are rooted in conflicting laws, constitutional provisions and forms of reasoning. Confusion and arbitrary “principles” are sadly common to most cases concerning religious rights in this era, ruled as it is by the false doctrine of a “wall of separation between church and state” (a doctrine found nowhere in our constitution) and occasional attempts by Congress to rein in the legal profession’s headlong drive to banish religion from the public square.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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