Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

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Family farm wins right to return to Michigan market

Religious Liberty | East Lansing officials tried to ban the business because of the owners’ Biblical view of marriage
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 9/19/17, 03:58 pm

Steve and Bridget Tennes, owners of Country Mill Farms, returned to the East Lansing, Mich., Farmer’s Market Sunday after local officials tried to ban them over their Biblical view of marriage. A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction last week, allowing the family-owned business to sell its produce at the market while its lawsuit against the city moves forward.

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A free speech storm over Harvey

Free Speech | A student group laments the chilling effect a professor’s firing could have on campus expression
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 9/05/17, 03:26 pm

A Florida sociology professor who lost his job last week over a hateful tweet about Harvey victims has a fledgling free-speech organization questioning the “chilling effect” harsh penalties can have on professors and students, on and off campus. 

Defending people’s right to speak without defending what they say is a growing problem, said Matthew Foldi, president and founder of Students for Free Expression, adding that living within the tension of that paradigm is essential to ensure free expression for all, even the most odious.

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D. James Kennedy Ministries

Fighting words: Ministry sues over ‘hate group’ label

Religious Liberty | But one legal expert warns proving libel in court will be extremely difficult
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 8/29/17, 02:52 pm

One Christian ministry has had enough of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s disparaging “hate group” characterization. D. James Kennedy Ministries filed a lawsuit Aug. 23 in an Alabama federal court alleging the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) “trafficked in false and misleading descriptions” of the ministry and that other entities also named in the suit perpetuated the libel.

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