Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

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Fighting for free speech at private universities

First Amendment | When administrators aren’t required to abide by the First Amendment, can students still speak up?
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 11/28/17, 01:49 pm

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is no Berkeley-on-the-Hudson: Nothing burned during a student protest outside an October black-tie fundraiser hosted by school President Shirley Ann Jackson. But the protest and the ensuing disciplinary charges against two students at the Troy, N.Y., school highlights the lack of constitutional accountability at private institutions, including Christian colleges.

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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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