Court upholds funding for religious schools

Jul 13, 2020 by and

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling ending state provisions that bar taxpayer aid to private religious schools preserves a source of funding for Mennonite elementary and high schools. The June 30 ruling is considered...

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Gospel of conquest

Mar 4, 2019 by

The gospel of conquest goes by many names: Manifest Destiny. White supremacy. American exceptionalism. Within the past several years, Mennonites have learned to know it as the Doctrine of Discovery. As we have...

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South Korean court upholds CO rights

Nov 19, 2018 by and

South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled Nov. 1 that men in the country can reject mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds without punishment. The Associated Press reported the ruling will...

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Longhurst: Evangelical evolution

Oct 29, 2018 by

An American friend asked me if Canadians were watching the Supreme Court nomination process Brett M. Kavanaugh in September. The answer was yes, I said. Partly because, living so close to the U.S., news about...

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Year in review: Sexuality issues test unity

Dec 22, 2014 by and

Struggles in Mennonite Church USA over same-sex relationships entered uncharted territory in 2014. When one conference licensed a lesbian pastor in Colorado and another signaled its acceptance of a gay man...

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Weight of liberty

Jul 21, 2014 by

Anabaptists cherish religious freedom and the rights of conscience. The movement was born in opposition to baptizing infants as required by church and state. We value the right to refuse military service when...

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Supreme Court rules for Conestoga

Jun 30, 2014 by and

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a Mennonite-owned cabinet-making business in Pennsylvania cannot be compelled by the Affordable Care Act to provide certain contraceptives in employee health care plans. The...

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Do companies have religious rights? Supreme Court to rule

Mar 30, 2014 by and

WASHINGTON — When two corporations owned by Christian families, one of them Mennonite, filed suit over the Affordable Care Act, they described their complaint in simple terms: The government is forcing them...

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Supreme Court hears religious rights case

Mar 30, 2014 by

A Mennonite-owned cabinet-making business in Pennsylvania was part of a challenge to the Affordable Care Act on March 25 at the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments that the ACA violates the...

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Contraception challenge

Jan 6, 2014 by

Legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate pose a difficult problem: When one person’s religious freedom conflicts with another’s rights, who should prevail? Federal appeals...

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