Indiana RFRA fact and fiction

Indiana RFPA

Indiana’s RFRA was little different than the federal RFRA, which was adopted nearly unanimously by Congress just over twenty years ago and signed with a flourish by President Bill Clinton.

California bureaucracy dictates local land use planning

local land use planning

With very limited public awareness, unelected bureaucrats working for the State California are taking control of local land use planning in our communities. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) says on its website: “State law recognizes the role local governments play in the supply and affordability of housing.” The website also says: […]

Smear of Tim Grayson just another chapter in Concord’s colorful elections

Concord Mayor Tim Grayson-state-of-city

The Concord City Council race has heated up with a witches brew of charges against Tim Grayson‘s candidacy. Grayson is the current Mayor and a candidate for reelection November 4. Tim Grayson is also the chaplain for the Concord Police Department, and for the moment (some argue) the pastor of a local Apostolic congregation and president […]

Flood of amicus briefs support Hobby Lobby lawsuit at Supreme Court

Hobby-Lobby-Conestoga at Supreme Court IFRA analysis

The US Supreme Court in November agreed to hear the cases of two Christian businesses (Hobby Lobby Lawsuit and Conestoga case) that object to being required by the HHS contraceptives mandate to include what they regard as abortifacient contraceptive services in their employee health plans. Recall: churches are exempt from the mandate, and non-church religious nonprofits have been offered […]

Orinda City Council must respect religious diversity in the community

Passover Seder Plate

Orinda mayor and city council member, Amy Worth, has stated that the council will be more “mindful” of religious holidays when it plans future meetings. On March 20, 2013, this reporter wrote Worth, stating he “would appreciate the city council’s noting that its next meeting is scheduled for 4 P.M., Monday, March 25, 2013.” In […]

Advent: Preparing for His coming


Advent looks back to celebrate the coming of the Son of God in human flesh. As Advent lectionary readings show, God comes in many ways, and so Advent also looks ahead to God’s future interventions in history, and especially to his final advent at the last day.