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Forced Public Sector Union Fees Dismantled: Janus v. AFSCME

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Public sector unions, the real strength of American unionism, have been dealt a serious blow by the U.S....

The Grove City Bill: A President vs. Congress

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES We wrote earlier about the Grove City College Supreme Court case (Grove City College v. Bell) in which the high court ruled...

One Small But Mighty College Against Federal Domination

The Grove City College Case JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES In 1976, Grove City College, a Christian college of arts, letters, and sciences...

Freedom of Speech and Forced Union Payments: Janus v. AFSCME

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Unions have been on the decline since 1954—which was their high point in membership as a percentage of the...

Colorado’s ‘Half-baked’ Decision: The Masterpiece Capeshop Case

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Who would have guessed that the religious liberty and free-speech rights of Americans would be tested in...

The Playground Fight Over Religious Liberty

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Trinity Lutheran Church is a church in Columbia, Missouri that operates a Christian preschool and daycare center...

The New Conservative Legal Mainstream–and Why the Left is Worried

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Senators Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy claimed that newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was not...

Justice Black’s Warnings Become Reality

BY JOHN A. SPARKS Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was recently decided 5-3 by the U.S. Supreme Court. It struck down the Texas legislature’s regulations...

A Sad, Confused, and Ominous Obamacare Decision

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES In his scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia summarized the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell in...

Obamacare Subsidies and Justice Anthony Kennedy

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It’s not too much to say that President Obama’s domestic legislative legacy could turn on the outcome...

How the Supreme Court Should Decide The Same-Sex Union Cases

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear four cases involving the issue of same-sex unions. These...

Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can’t put the security of families...

Obamacare on the Defensive Once Again

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES When Case Western University law professor Jonathan Adler testified before a House subcommittee on July 31, 2013,...

Conflict Between the Circuits on Gay Marriage

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the...

Obama’s Medical Devices Tax … It May Be Harmful to Your Health

JOHN SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES With the start of the New Year, one of the little noticed but potentially harmful features of Obamacare...

Robert Bork and Grove City College

JOHN SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in...

Obama’s Monumental Misunderstanding

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the...

Your Time to Bat

J.C. SPARKS, THE FREEMAN Of all the plans and laws to bring about the adoption of socialism, perhaps none has been more effec­tive than to...

Obamacare: Will It Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES The U.S. Supreme Court is now poised to review the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better...