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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. The organized labor movement in this country has always been characterized by rebellion, violence, greed, and extortion. Union corruption has been highlighted recently because of the federal government’s suit against the notorious Teamster’s union. Using federal racketeering laws, the U.S. attorney general’s office sought to wrest control of the 1.6 million-member union from Mafia domination and place control of Teamster assets and elections in the hands of a court-appointed trustee. Federal prosecutors claimed the suit was the culmination of 30 years of effort by the government...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of Cornerstone Protestant Reformed Church of Schererville, Indiana, is a practicing attorney. “In the context of the Pledge of Allegiance, the statement that the United States is a nation ‘under God’ is an endorsement of religion. It is a profession of a religious belief, namely, a belief in monotheism. The recitation that ours is a nation ‘under God’ is not a mere acknowledgement that many Americans believe in a deity. Nor is it merely descriptive of the undeniable historical significance of religion in the founding of the Republic. To recite the Pledge is not to describe...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of Cornerstone Protestant Reformed Church of Dyer, Indiana, is a practicing attorney. “In sum, the Ohio voucher program is entirely neutral with respect to religion. It provides [tuition aid] directly to a wide spectrum of individuals…. It permits such individuals to exercise genuine choice among options public and private, secular and religious. The program is therefore a program of true private choice. In keeping with an unbroken line of decisions rejecting challenges to similar programs, we hold the program does not offend the Establishment Clause.” Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, U.S. Supreme Court (June 27, 2002) (majority opinion)...

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Mr. VanEngen, a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa, is a practicing attorney. Throughout the history of the United States, citizens have often referred to the “wall of separation between church and state.” The concept is usually referred to when questions arise either because of government limitation on the activity of churches, or when the institutions of the state include religious practices or symbols, such as the old controversy over prayer in public schools. In recent years, different individuals and groups have increasingly challenged the role of religion in public life, often challenging practices that have been...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of Cornerstone Protestant Reformed Church of Dyer, Indiana, is a practicing attorney. The Cleveland tuition voucher scheme involves the grant of state aid directly and predominantly to the coffers of the private, religious schools, and it is unquestioned that these institutions incorporate religious concepts, motives, and themes into all facets of their educational planning. … We hold that the Cleveland voucher program has the primary effect of advancing religion, and that it constitutes an endorsement of religion and sectarian education in violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Simmons-Harris v. Zelman, U.S. Court of Appeals,...

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