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Supreme Court blocks worship restrictions

by Tim Lamer
Posted 11/26/20, 08:51 am

In a 5-4 decision late Wednesday night, the Supreme Court blocked enforcement of New York’s coronavirus-related limits on attendance at churches and synagogues. The unsigned opinion argued Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order singled out places of worship for greater restrictions than for businesses in the same areas. “The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty,” the opinion said.

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Free to talk to teens

Free Speech | Appeals court upholds counselors’ freedom of speech
by Steve West
Posted 11/24/20, 04:45 pm

Two Florida counselors have successfully challenged local laws that blocked them from talking to teenagers about unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion.

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Getting the speech ball rolling

Free Speech | Mississippi college revises restrictive speech code
by Steve West
Posted 11/24/20, 03:54 pm

Student Michael Brown will get to play ball after all. His Mississippi college on Thursday settled a lawsuit and agreed to revise its restrictive speech code and pay $40,000 for his attorney fees and damages.

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