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    Pro-Life Nurse to US Health and Human Services: Protect Healthcare Professionals’ Conscience

    In January we filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of our client Sandra (Mendoza) Rojas, an experienced pediatric nurse who worked for the county for eighteen years. In 2017, she was unlawfully discriminated against and ultimately terminated by the Winnebago County Health Department for her beliefs about the dignity of life and inability to participate in an abortion or provide abortion-related services.   Read More...

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    Should Your Church Create Separate Nonprofit Organizations for its Ministries?

    A growing trend for churches across the country is to create separate 501(c)(3) organizations for some of their ministries. Many churches today operate day care centers, schools, and other programs that further their mission. It is important for churches to know that they have the option of setting up these ministries as separate nonprofit organizations and understand the practical steps to do so.The ProsGenerally speaking, the benefits of creating a separate 501(c)(3) entity for certain church ...  Read More...

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    City Bans Feeding and Housing Strays

    Surfside, North Carolina — Surfside residents are up in arms over the city’s new ordinance which makes it illegal to provide food or shelter to stray dogs and cats. The ordinance was passed after a study showed that Surfside was attracting an inordinate number of strays from other communities which had similar bans already in place. The study estimated that there were upwards of 1,200 stray cats and dogs in and around Surfside.“Look, I love dogs and cats, but strays create too ...  Read More...

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    Letter to the Editor: Would Your Denomination Pack Heat?

    For a Presbyterian or Reformed pastor to pack heat seems like bad form, given their conviction in the sovereignty of God. Likewise, I wouldn't expect your typical Mennonite, Amish or Quaker pastor to be packing, since they believe in turning the other cheek and loving one’s enemies, and it is hard to love someone when you are busy shooting them. Common sense tells you that much.Methodists, once conservative, now liberal, are of course confused about whether to pack heat.   Read More...

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    Our New Year Countdown to 2018

    We are thankful for all the work God gave us in 2017. Join us in our countdown looking back at some of our work in 2017 and looking forward to 2018 as we prayerfully pursue what God has for us.10 days to Free a Church to WorshipOn October 13, 2017, we filed suit in the District Court of Alabama on behalf of New Life in Jesus Ministry. New Life had been denied zoning approval to worship at its new location even though non-religious assemblies were free to meet there.   Read More...

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    An Astronomer's Explanation For The Star Of Bethlehem

    This article was originally posted on Science20.com by their news staff on December 24th, 2008.  According to the Bible, when Jesus was born three Magi saw a star in the East that 'signaled the birth of a new king'. But just what was it, from an astronomical point of view, that the Magi could actually have seen?Fred Grosse, a professor of physics and astronomy at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., says there are several popular theories that may answer this question.“Astronomical o...  Read More...

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    Wisconsin Judge Rules Pastoral Housing is Unequal Treatment

    Since 1954, a tax rule has allowed a “minister of the gospel” to be exempt from income tax on compensation that is part of a housing allowance. The term “minister of the gospel” has been interpreted broadly to cover a whole range of religions and not restricted to Christian ministers. The Freedom from Religion Foundation challenged this law on the grounds that it discriminates against secular employees by giving religious employees better treatment.   Read More...

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    Mauck & Baker Client Advocating for the Right of Conscience at Congressional Hearing

    Earlier this month I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. with my friend and client Sandra Mendoza, a licensed practical nurse, to speak in support of the Conscience Protection Act. Sandra, who Mauck & Baker is representing in a lawsuit against Winnebago County in Illinois, lost her pediatric nursing position with the county health department after she refused to participate in the provision of abortion-related services.   Read More...

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    Should Your Pastor Pack Heat?

    There has been a rise in random violence not only in public places such as public schools and government agencies, but “softer” targets such as sporting or entertainment events, private schools, churches etc. According to Mass Shooting Tracker, there were 372 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870.   Read More...

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    US Supreme Court to Decide On Forced Abortion Referrals

    Can the government compel pro-life pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising for abortion clinics? That is the issue the United States Supreme Court will decide in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra.   Read More...

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