Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

Alliance Defending Freedom

Free rein for free exercise?

Religious Liberty | Religious liberty advocates celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Colorado baker’s discrimination case appeal
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 6/27/17, 11:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who is accused of discriminating against a gay couple when he declined to create their wedding cake in 2012. Phillips’ case could resolve the tension between an “exceedingly harsh view of so-called equity laws and an extremely limited view of free speech and the free exercise of religion” said Mike Farris, Alliance Defending Freedom president.

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Texas shields Christian adoption agencies from bias suits

Religious Liberty | New law allows faith-based groups to adhere to Biblical family standards
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 6/20/17, 10:57 am

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation June 15 that protects faith-based foster and adoption care agencies from lawsuits challenging their Biblically based operational standards. Facing the threat of ruinous lawsuits for refusing to work with gay couples or provide abortions for children in their care, agency directors said they would have been forced to close their doors without the protections.

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Fostering freedom in Texas

Features | Protecting faith-based adoption and foster care
by Katie Gaultney & Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 6/14/17, 10:07 pm

Faith-based child welfare agencies have mounted legal efforts to gain religious protections, as LGBT advocates cry discrimination. Meanwhile, thousands of children needing homes are left in the crosshairs. A new Texas bill—similar to laws passed in Virginia, Michigan, the Dakotas, and, just recently, Alabama—may ensure that faith-based agencies remain open to serve and recruit more foster and adoptive families. Will other states follow?

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