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WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Monday (April 4) rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit program critics contend was principally benefiting religious institutions. The 5-4 decision, combined with a 2007 ruling rejecting a similar challenge to the Bush administration's faith-based office, seems to solidify the court's skepticism toward attempts to derail government funding ...
The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court. She will be the fourth woman justice. Her confirmation vote of 63-37 happened a year after Justice Sonia Sotomayor won enough votes to be confirmed as the first Latina to sit on the high court. Elena Kagan joins Justices Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, making it the first time three women served at th ...
Our discussion of Pagan atheism prompted me to write something on Paganism's theistic side. Speaking for myself, no argument convinced me to follow a Pagan path, it was concrete experiences that did: encounters with a Pagan deity. Not surprisingly, if Spirit is immanent, existing within the world, it is more accessible than a purely transcendent entity. It seems to be accessibl ...
By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2010 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday (June 28) that a Christian student group must accept gays and non-Christians as members if it wants to be officially recognized by a public university. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court's 5-4 majority, said the "all-comers" policy at the University of California's Hastings Col ...
President Obama's pick of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the newest Supreme Court Justice raises a number of questions and presents the media with a number of story angles. One of the earliest of these, back when the Kagan pick was merely speculation, was the fact that Kagan's addition to the bench would render it -- for the first time in history -- without a Protestant Christian. In ...
If confirmed, Elena Kagan will usher in a new era in the history of the United States Supreme Court, both in terms if inclusion and exclusion. It will be the first time in history that three women have served on the court, and the first time ever that the court will be protestant-free. If confirmed, Kagen will be the third Jew to join six Catholic Justices. Generally speaking, the religious b ...
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