Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

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Do as we say, not as we do

Religious Liberty | Australian Christians hope to avoid U.S. religious liberty battle with conscience protections in same-sex marriage bill
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 11/21/17, 04:15 pm

As attorneys for Colorado baker Jack Phillips prepare to defend his religious and free speech rights before the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 5, the Australian Parliament is drafting same-sex marriage legislation that some fear could criminalize similar dissent Down Under.

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To tweet or not to tweet: Who gets to say?

First Amendment | Two recent cases could determine whether public officials’ social media accounts are ‘dedicated public forums’
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 11/07/17, 03:48 pm

A liberal advocacy group in Wisconsin is asking a federal court to declare the Twitter accounts of three state representatives “designated public forums.” As such, blocking access to the accounts is unconstitutional, the group argues. The lawsuit is the second such case filed this year demanding unfettered access to the virtual conversations on elected officials’ Twitter accounts.

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Government weighs in on campus free speech cases

First Amendment | Department of Justice sides with students suing schools to protect First Amendment freedoms
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/31/17, 04:51 pm

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed briefs in Georgia and California courts in support of college students challenging campus speech policies that allegedly violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The briefs, called Statements of Interest, are a welcome show of support for free speech advocates battling policies that dictate where, when, and how students can speak their piece on America’s college campuses. 

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