Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

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Holy smokes?

Religious Liberty | An Indiana judge rules a church’s pot-smoking sacrament is not a protected exercise of religion
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 7/24/18, 01:41 pm

Smoking marijuana is not a protected sacrament under Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, according to Judge Sheryl Lynch of the Marion County Circuit Court—at least, not as practiced by the First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis. Members of that organization filed a lawsuit in 2016 challenging the state’s marijuana use prohibition.

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Fostering conflict

Religious Liberty | Religious child placement agencies have diverging responses to LGBT demands
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 7/17/18, 04:35 pm

After a judge ruled against two religious foster care agencies in Philadelphia, one is fighting the mandate to place children with same-sex couples and the other appears to have given in.

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Alliance Defending Freedom

The florist, the baker, and the policymakers

First Amendment | Supreme Court tells Washington state to revisit religious liberty case
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 6/26/18, 03:28 pm

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in the case of Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman linked her fate to that of Jack Phillips, the baker who stood by his convictions about marriage and won a narrowly focused high court victory earlier this month. The justices ordered the Washington state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling against Stutzman in light of the decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

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