First Amendment

Synagogue fights quiet but vital religious liberty battle

First Amendment | Legal experts say local land use fights highlight the ongoing struggle religious groups face in an increasingly secular culture
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 1/30/18, 03:54 pm

Land use activists normally reserve the “not in my backyard” declaration for halting the incursion of the most odious bad neighbors, like landfills, ostensibly in defense of property values or neighborhood safety. But what excuse do residents of Boca Raton, Fla., have for filing lawsuits to prohibit the construction of a Jewish synagogue?

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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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