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‘It’s a free country’

Law | Common sense, common grace—in one case
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 3/14/19, 03:43 pm

One well-publicized case ended this month in a slight win for religious liberty and freedom of speech. The City of Bloomington, Minn., gave up on its case against Ramin Parsa and agreed not to pursue prosecution further—and the resolution offers some lessons for others hit by clampdowns.

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Talk trouble

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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