Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

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Recalibrating Canada’s scales of justice

First Amendment | Religious liberty experts warn last week’s ruling against a Christian law school will have wide-ranging effects
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 6/19/18, 02:21 pm

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that a law association acted “reasonably” when it declined to accredit a proposed Christian law school because of its biblically based conduct code. The 7-2 majority on the court ruled that Trinity Western University’s requirement that all students and faculty commit to Biblical sexual ethics in singleness and marriage discriminates against prospective LGBT students, reducing the “diversity” of the legal profession.

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Indiana teacher ousted over pronoun spat

First Amendment | Orchestra instructor’s case could test free speech protections for public school employees
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 6/12/18, 02:48 pm

In the name of inclusion, a central Indiana school district has alienated parents and ousted a popular high school orchestra teacher in a dispute over transgenderism. Without notice and before almost 300 residents, the Brownsburg Community School Corporation  announced Monday night it had accepted John Kluge’s letter of resignation—a document Kluge said he submitted under duress.

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Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

First Amendment | Two courts rule in favor of transgender students who want unfettered access to sex-segregated facilities
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 5/29/18, 01:38 pm

Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia, last week disregarded students’ pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.

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