Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

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'Homosexual acts' no longer taboo at Baylor?

Higher Education | Critics of the school’s new conduct policy say it’s too vague to protect against future challenges to the sanctity of marriage
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 7/14/15, 12:30 pm

Gay rights activists and secular media were quick to declare victory last week when Baylor University announced it had removed “homosexual acts” from the school’s list of prohibited sexual conduct. Activists believe the change is a move toward affirming homosexual relationships and same-sex marriage. Although a Baylor representative denies the inference, some alumni of the private Christian college in Waco, Texas, said the policy is sufficiently vague to make such presumptions inevitable.

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Texas lawmakers approve Pastor Protection Bill

Religious Liberty | The legislation will protect clergy from lawsuits if they refuse to officiate same-sex weddings
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 5/22/15, 08:20 am

UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, the Texas House passed the Pastor Protection Bill with a 141-2 vote, a vindication for religious liberty advocates who argued the issue of conscience transcended political lines and deserved public debate.

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Judge nixes Houston pastors' petition for anti-bias policy vote

by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 4/18/15, 11:22 am

HOUSTON—A Harris County district judge ruled Friday that plaintiffs fell 585 signatures short of the required count on a petition recalling a controversial non-discrimination ordinance. Plaintiffs and their supporters, a racially diverse coalition of pastors and civic leaders, will appeal the decision, but they are running against the clock to get an approved referendum on the November ballot by the mid-August deadline.

“We’re going to file a notice of appeal on Monday and vigorously pursue Houston’s right to vote,” plaintiffs’ attorney Andy Taylor told me Friday evening.

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