First Amendment

New Jersey churches lose preservation grant case

First Amendment | State’s high court rules against funding applications because they allow churches to continue holding religious services
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 4/24/18, 03:58 pm

A unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court ruled last week that churches should not have access to county historic preservation grants.

Attorneys for a dozen New Jersey churches, all previous grant recipients, are considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Protecting Oklahoma’s Christian adoption agencies

First Amendment | A bill allowing religious groups to operate freely faces an uncertain future in the deeply conservative state
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 4/17/18, 02:54 pm

Oklahoma state lawmakers last week crippled a bill providing legal protection for religious adoption and foster care agencies that do not place children with same-sex couples. State Rep. Travis Dunlap, a Republican who co-authored the bill, hopes to scrub the unexpected changes before sending the measure to Gov. Mary Fallin, also a Republican. If Dunlap fails, the state likely will lose Christian agencies and churches that have played an integral role in reforming the state’s troubled foster care system.

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Whose money talks?

First Amendment | New report issues state free speech rankings based on political contribution laws
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 4/03/18, 02:00 pm

What political attributes do deep-red Alabama and deep-blue Oregon have in common?

Both states permit unlimited political campaign contributions by individuals, political parties, and political action committees (PACs). So do Nebraska, Utah, and Virginia. All five states share the top ranking in a first-of-its kind report by the Institute for Free Speech (IFS).

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