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Neighborly help for the poor; Americans flunk political science

Ep. 169

On this week’s Acton Line podcast we hear about a church-based ministry that engages with the homeless and poor “relationally, responsibly, and compassionately.” James Whitford, executive director of Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in Joplin, Missouri, joins Acton’s Andrew Vanderput in a thought provoking conversation on private charity and the intensely personal nature of the organization’s outreach. In the second segment, Aquinas College economist David Hebert and Acton’s Tyler Groenendal dig into the public’s deep dissatisfaction with America’s political institutions – and Americans’ deep ignorance of how these same organizations work. A 2017 study showed, for example, that more than a third of those surveyed (37 percent) can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.

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Religious liberty at the Supreme Court

Ep. 237
The latest term of the Supreme Court, which wrapped up on July 8th, saw the Court decide several cases with major implications for religious liberty. While the outcomes of Espinoza v. Montana, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania have been largely viewed as victories for advocates of expanding religious liberty in America, the court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch and holding that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, has been viewed as potentially having adverse consequences for the cause of religious liberty.What are we to make of these latest developments in the Supreme Court’s religious liberty jurisprudence?David French – Senior Editor at The Dispatch and a former constitutional litigator with Alliance Defending Freedom and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education – joins us to discuss the current status of religious liberty, both in the courts and in the culture writ large.Espinoza v. Montana: A victory for school choice – but for how long? - Rev. Ben JohnsonLittle Sisters, big victories - Rev. Ben JohnsonThe Case for Religious Liberty Is More Compelling than the Case for Christian Power - David FrenchWhatever Happened to Baby Blaine? - David French & Sarah IsgurLittle Sisters 2: Vacated and Remanded - David French & Sarah IsgurThe Supreme Court Tries to Settle the Religious Liberty Culture War - David French