Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

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Louisiana governor vetoes college speech law

First Amendment | Bill would have tried to protect speakers from getting booed off campus
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 7/04/17, 08:10 am

Calling additional free speech legislation “unnecessary” and “burdensome,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bipartisan bill designed to protect that liberty on the state’s university campuses. House Bill 269, modeled after legislation in other states, passed both Louisiana chambers with only two dissenting votes. It comes in response to nationwide protests by university students against speakers they deem offensive, many of whom are conservative. Some of those protests have turned violent.

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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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