First Amendment
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Student wins first round in free speech fight

Free Speech | Federal judge rejects community college bid to dismiss challenge to campus speech restrictions
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/23/18, 02:09 pm

A Southern California community college student won the first round in his fight against Pierce College last week when a federal court ruled the school’s free speech policy violated students’ constitutional rights.

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Mississippi religious liberty law gets high court reprieve

Religious Liberty | Conscience protection bill provides a defense to lawsuits over Christian beliefs about marriage, sexuality
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 1/09/18, 05:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court opted Monday not to weigh in on a case challenging a new Mississippi law that provides a defense against adverse government action and private lawsuits over religious convictions about marriage, sexuality, and gender identity.

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Forecasting First Amendment challenges

First Amendment | Religious liberty and free speech advocates outline cases and issues to watch in the coming year
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 1/02/18, 04:44 pm

From city councils to the U.S. Supreme Court, free speech and religious liberty advocates continue to keep a watchful eye—and a hopeful attitude—on the conflicts spilling over into 2018. As the new year begins, I asked advocates in the areas of law, education, and public policy to forecast the challenges and anticipated triumphs for 2018. The respondents were Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute; Gregory Seltz, executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty; Matt Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel; Zach Greenberg, the Justice Robert H.

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