Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

People United for Privacy

Giving away privacy

First Amendment | States fight for access to nonprofit donor lists
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/02/18, 04:34 pm

If Darcy Olsen’s political adversaries could find her home by following her—and leave an intimidating message on her front porch—how many more ideological opponents could they target with access to her nonprofit organization’s entire donor list?

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Keeping liberty waiting

Religious Liberty | First Amendment cases may not get a Supreme Court hearing until a ninth justice is seated
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 9/25/18, 05:04 pm

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a list of cases initially accepted for arguments in the 2018-19 session. From close to 2,000 petitions, the court will accept only a handful. And until a ninth justice is seated to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, experts predict the eight-justice court could steer clear of important cases with First Amendment implications, many united by one question: Will America’s pluralistic society tolerate public expressions of Christian faith?

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Against their better judgment

Religious Liberty | U.S. Circuit judges call for a full court reversal of their own decision
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 9/18/18, 05:10 pm

A Florida city this week called on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a 75-year-old cross monument to stand. The appeal came after a federal appeals court earlier this month reluctantly ruled against Pensacola, Fla. In a 3-0 decision in Kondrat’Yev v. Pensacola, a panel of judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said their hands were tied by precedent in upholding a decision that the cross on city property violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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