Another Court Orders Redistricting Due to Gerrymandering


A judge in Florida has already ordered the redrawing of heavily gerrymandered congressional districts in Florida and now a judge in North Carolina has done the same thing after the Republican-controlled legislature drew districts that minimized the electoral influence of racial minorities. … [Read more...]

Court: Housing Commission Can’t Refuse to Rent to Religious Group


A federal court here in Michigan ruled this week that the Lansing Housing Commission had engaged in illegal viewpoint discrimination when it refused to allow a church to use a community room for a worship service. The LHC's policy is to allow community groups to use the facilities, but not for religious programs. … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis Wins Battle Over Tax Credits


Answers in Genesis has won its lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for refusing to give them tax credits for their Ark Encounter theme park, the first theme park in the world to celebrate and commemorate mass genocide. They argued that not giving such tax credits that are available to non-religious tourist attractions is religious discrimination and the district court judge agreed with them: … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Allows Resentencing for Some Juvenile Offenders


The Supreme Court handed down a ruling this week that allows for resentencing for juvenile offenders originally sentenced to life in prison without parole, a ruling that will affect some inmates as old as their 70s. The ruling was 6-3, with Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts joining the four liberals and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito, unsurprisingly, in dissent. … [Read more...]

Florida Judge Upholds Publicly Funded Christian Rehab


A Florida lower court judge has upheld the use of taxpayer money to fund explicitly Christian rehabilitation programs for prison inmates in a case brought by the Center for Inquiry. This highly incoherent ruling allows the state to continue paying two organizations, Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God, for substance abuse rehab in clear violation of the Florida constitution. CFI responds: … [Read more...]

Bachmann: Ten Commandments is ‘Ultimate Law’


The Trinity Broadcasting Network continues to show David Barton's "Foundations of Freedom" video series, which features our old friend Michele Bachmann in a prominent role being interviewed by Barton. In the latest one, she argues that no law that violates the Ten Commandments can stand because that is the "ultimate moral law." … [Read more...]

Satanic Temple Abortion Case Dismissed


As I predicted the moment the suit was filed, the Satanic Temple's case claiming that abortion restrictions are a violation of their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been dismissed. The case was doomed from the start, a fact that was so obvious that I could view it only as a publicity stunt. There was no way it was ever going to survive a motion to dismiss. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Fetal Heartbeat Case


One of the strategies the forced birth people have used in the last few years is the passage of "fetal heartbeat" bills that forbid abortion after the point at which a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus. Several states have passed such laws and they've been immediately challenged in court, where they've been struck down. The Supreme Court has now denied cert in one such case. … [Read more...]

AU Helps Track Faux ‘Religious Freedom’ Legislation


Americans United for Separation of Church and State have rolled out a page that lets you track all of the faux "religious freedom" legislation, like RFRA laws and similar things, at both the state and federal level. There will be updates on where the bills are in the legislative process, what they say and what they really mean. And I trust AU to avoid the absurd hyperbole we've seen in the past. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Hits Florida for Death Penalty Sentencing


Wow. The Supreme Court issued an 8-1 ruling overturning the death sentence of a Florida man because judges, rather than juries, determine the aggravating factors that justify the death penalty in that state. And I'm astonished to see that Justices Scalia and Thomas were actually on the right side of a death penalty case. I'd have bet a whole lot of money against that. … [Read more...]

Brian Brown Fails History and Con Law


Megyn Kelly brought on Brian Brown from the National Organization for Marriage to talk about Roy Moore ordering probate judges in Alabama to ignore the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell. He quickly revealed himself to be either an ignoramus or a liar, take your pick. He repeatedly claimed that Abraham Lincoln said the Dred Scott ruling should be ignored. He in fact did the opposite of that. Video first: … [Read more...]

Carson’s Horrifying Views on Privacy

Credit: Michael Vadon

Ben Carson has in the past suggested that the government should monitor public school and university classrooms to root out "bias" (as if the people doing the monitoring wouldn't be biased), but in an interview with the editorial team from the Des Moines Register he went even further, suggesting that such surreptitious recordings be made of anyone who gets tax dollars. … [Read more...]