Tara Kohli is a second-year law student at the University of Pittsburgh; she also holds an undergraduate degree in sociology. She was raised and remains free of religious influences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The war over the Affordable Care Act is far from won. The Supreme Court, of course, found the Act to be constitutional back in June; however, the Court was specifically concerned with the complicated Article II limitations on Congressional power to enact the law and enforce the “individual mandate.” In the wake of the decision, numerous lawsuits have begun winding through the lower courts that challenge the Act on religious exercise grounds. The plaintiffs (just about all are Catholic) argue… Read more
A Louisiana fortune-teller and Tarot card reader has just successfully defended her First Amendment rights — but not the rights you’re (probably) thinking of. The city of Alexandria, LA enacted an ordinance in 2011 that made it “unlawful for any person to engage in the business or practice of palmistry, card reading, astrology, fortune-telling, phrenology, mediums or activities of a similar nature within the city, regardless of whether a fee is charged.” The ordinance carried a fine of up to… Read more