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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. “It thus appears that the mansion of constitutionalized abortion law, constructed overnight in Roe v. Wade, must be disassembled door-jam by door-jam, and never entirely brought down, no matter how wrong it might be.” Justice Scalia, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (concerning opinion).  Contrary to the theological “finding” of the Missouri Legislature [that life begins at conception], a woman’s constitutionally protected liberty encompasses the right to act on her own belief that—to paraphrase St. Thomas Aquinas—until a seed has acquired the powers of sensation and movement,...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of the South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. “Authority over public schools belongs to the state, and cannot be delegated to a local school district defined by the State in order to grant political control to a religious group. “  Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet (1994)  (J. Souter, majority opinion).  “Justice Souter’s position boils down to the quite novel proposition that any group of citizens (say, the residents of Kiryas Joel) can be invested with political power, but not if they all belong to the same religion. Of course such disfavoring...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. For several decades, cultural conservatives’ strategy has been to elect conservatives to government offices and then rely on their help to retake society’s institutions. I was an architect of that strategy…. In terms of the culture war, this strategy has failed. In truth, I think we are caught up in a cultural collapse of historic proportions, a collapse so great it simply overwhelms politics. That’s why I am in the process of rethinking what it is that we, who still believe in our traditional, Western, Judeo-Christian...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. We confess some of our own “sins” for once believing that we could make things right through manipulation of the political system…. The Moral Majority folded in the late eighties, giving way to the Christian Coalition and other organizations that have taken up its agenda, using, with minor variations, the same strategies to achieve the same ends we failed to achieve. Two decades after conservative Christians charged into the political arena, bringing new voters and millions of dollars with them in hopes of transforming the culture...

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Mr. James Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. “What would Sunday be today if professional football, baseball, basketball and tennis were barred. Today Sunday is not only a day for religion, but for . . . rest, recreation, business, industry and labor. Such a change is not surprising but is dictated by the American way of life. “  Frazee v. Illinois  (Illinois Appellate Court, 1987) Sunday Work. Do Christian employees have the religious freedom to refuse work on Sundays without fear of being fired or of other employer reprisals? The answer is a...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. Therefore, it is entirely irrelevant to inquire, as this Court did, into the question: is it a violation of the Delonges’ beliefs to hire a certified teacher? Certification is a red herring in examining the burden issue. It would be a violation of the DeJonges’ religious beliefs to delegate the education of their children to their pastor, his wife, a school teacher, or anyone else. God requires them to teach their own children. To the DeJonges delegation of their children’s education to anyone else would be...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. A Different Gospel in South Africa The historic Christian church has always been tempted to adopt a political, economic, and social agenda addressing the plight of the oppressed, poor, and powerless in society. This concern emerged in the form of the “social gospel” of theological liberalism in the first half of this century, and more recently as Marxist-inspired “liberation theology” in the last two decades. Reformed orthodoxy has condemned these movements as a “different gospel,” a gospel other “than what ye have received” (Galatians 1:6, 9)....

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. State Supreme Court Holds Church Liable for Discipline of Parishioner After Withdrawal of Membership After she wrote a letter to the Elders unequivocally withdrawing her membership from the Church of Christ, the Elders continued their disciplinary actions against her. During Sunday services the Elders read to the congregation those Scriptures which the Parishioner violated. This exposure of her private life, done without her consent, was unprotected by the First Amendment. Majority opinion, Guinn v. Collinsville Church of Christ. Churches are afforded great latitude on members or former...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. FLSA and Christian Schools Are private and parochial Christian schools subject to federal employment laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA)? Yes, declared a federal appellate court this spring, and held that the Roanoke Valley Christian Schools in Virginia violated the FLSA by paying their head-of-household male teachers a salary supplement. In addition to condemning this alleged sexual discrimination, the court also found that the schools paid some support personnel less than the minimum wage. Accordingly, the court ordered the schools to pay to...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. “Queen Mary. ‘Yea, but none of these men [Moses, Daniel, the Apostles] raised the sword against their princes.’ John Knox. ‘Yet, Madam, ye cannot deny that they resisted, for those who obey not the commandments that are given, in some sort resist.’ Queen Mary. ‘But yet, they resisted not by the sword.’ John Knox. ‘God, Madam, had not given them the power and the means.’ Queen Mary. ‘Think ye that subjects, having the power, may resist their princes?’ John Knox. ‘If their princes exceed their bounds,...

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