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  • February 17, 2020

Thomas Schetelich – Featured Presenter at the Christian Camp Conference Association, Mid-Atlantic Program

Thomas Schetelich was a featured presenter at the Christian Camp Conference Association, Mid-Atlantic Program.  Mr. Schetelich spoke to Camp and Conference Center directors and leaders concerning current issues of religious liberty and the direction of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Schetelich, who is himself a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, reviewed the leading cases of the past five years, showing how the Supreme Court has been expanding religious liberty by expanding the definition of the “exercise” of religion.  He also referenced cases recently decided at the Circuit Court level for which review is being sought from…

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  • June 8, 2018

Potential Broad Implications from the Supreme Court’s “Narrow Ruling” in Masterpiece Cakeshop

Few decisions from the United States Supreme Court this term were as anxiously anticipated as that in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  Everyone anticipated a close decision where the Court would balance religious liberty against discrimination based on sexual orientation.  The decision announced on June 4, 2018 was not close and it did not decide that issue.  Instead, it did something much more important. The case concerns Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker and the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, which he opened in 1993. In 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, two gay men intending to get married,…

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  • May 26, 2017

Supreme Court Considers Expanding Religious Liberties

The United States Supreme Court seems primed to decide a case that could dramatically alter long-standing jurisprudence concerning the constitutional prohibition against the establishment of religion.   It heard arguments in April 2017 in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, when the questions and comments from the Justices seemed to favor a major decision in favor of religious freedom. Trinity Lutheran Church is in Columbia, Missouri.  It operates a licensed preschool and daycare center on church premises.  The preschool and daycare have an open admission policy, meaning that there is no preference shown based on a family’s religion.  However, the Church sees the…

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