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Free Speech | A Florida case highlights the ongoing question of ‘professional speech’ for Christians
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/19/19, 04:09 pm

A federal judge on Thursday ruled against two Florida counselors who want the freedom to help minors change unwanted sexual attractions, behaviors, or identities. The court decision ignored multiple precedents, including a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that professionals have a right to free speech on the job.

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School is in, but religion is out

First Amendment | Settlement curbs religious expression for Louisiana students, teachers
by Steve West
Posted 2/05/19, 03:38 pm

In Bossier City, La., school board meetings regularly begin with prayer, yet school employees can’t quietly pray or read a Bible within sight of students.

That’s because a settlement agreed to last week restricts religious expression in public schools in the Bossier Parish area outside Shreveport. In the agreement, filed Jan. 23, the parties agreed some of the school district’s policies or practices violated the U.S. Constitution’s ban on the establishment of religion by endorsing or promoting Christianity. A federal court is expected to approve the settlement.

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Fostering freedom

Religious Liberty | A small step to protect religious child placing agencies sparks hope
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 1/29/19, 03:29 pm

The Trump administration last week protected a Christian foster care agency from being forced to violate its religious beliefs, bringing hope to child placing organizations across the country. Religious foster and adoption agencies have come under fire recently for only placing children in homes that share the organizations’ beliefs. Some agencies have closed their doors rather than capitulate to the demands of local or state governments that they work with families of different religious backgrounds or worldviews, particularly LGBT couples.

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