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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Julia Stronks

Julia Stronks practiced law and is a professor of political science at Whitworth University in Spokane. She writes about faith, law and public policy. Her most recent book, written with her mother Gloria Goris Stronks, Professor emeritus of Calvin College, is "Teaching to Faith, Citizenship and Civic Virtue" (Resources Publications: Wipf and Stock, 2014). Her discussion of President Trump and the Constitution can be found in the last chapter of Ron Sider’s new book "The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump: 30 Evangelical Christians on Justice, Truth, and Moral Integrity" (Cascade Books, 2020).

ANALYSIS: Did Colorado Supreme Court Make Right Decision to Keep Trump Off State’s Ballot?

The Colorado opinion and the dissent together are a fascinating 212 pages of jurisprudence on some questions that have rarely been analyzed: What is insurrection? Who gets to decide if it has occurred? Is an elected president an “officer” under the meaning of the 14th Amendment?

The Abortion Case: Is Precedent a Faith and Values Issue?

Monday’s Supreme Court abortion case, June Medical Services v Russo, turned on a different issue: precedent. Is precedent also a faith and values issue?

LGBTQ and Employment: One Important Step

Before June 15 employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity was partially prohibited in 25 states; now we know it is prohibited federally. But there are still questions left unanswered and we have to wait for further litigation to understand the full meaning of the Court’s decision.

Impeachment: the Law, Politics and Faith

The next several months will require us to differentiate between and among the Constitution, the political landscape and our own moral sensibilities about how power is used.

Conservative Christian Bakers, LGBT Couples and the Supreme Court

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a long-awaited decision in the Colorado Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The decision is being heralded as a win for conservative Christians and a loss for LGBT justice advocates, but it was neither.

Wonder Woman, solidarity and discrimination law

The coming years are going to be difficult as we see courts grapple with the balancing act between protection of conservative religious belief and protection of civil rights.

Our heroes help us understand ourselves

I have three heroes. My mom grew up in a Midwestern farm community that today values President Trump and conservative biblical interpretation. But somehow my mom became a teacher who stood with Jews and African Americans in early 1960s Nashville.

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