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The danger of teaching critical thinking

First Amendment | A teacher who asked tough questions about walkouts is suspended, but one student takes her challenge seriously
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 3/27/18, 03:06 pm

Brandon Gillespie, a junior at Rocklin High School in northern California, put his history teacher’s theory to the test last week. He asked his school’s principal if school administrators would provide the same accommodations for a pro-life demonstration as they did for a March 14 anti–gun violence student walkout.

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Alaska women’s center fends off man’s bias claim

First Amendment | Complaint comes as Anchorage voters consider rolling back gender identity ordinance
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 3/20/18, 03:58 pm

Advocates for Proposition 1, a ballot initiative to rescind part of an Anchorage, Alaska, nondiscrimination law, benefitted last week from an ad campaign money couldn’t buy. As ballots began arriving in mailboxes for the April 3 election, news broke that a man who identifies as a woman filed a complaint with the city because a local shelter for women refused him access.

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Wheaton wins one for religious nonprofits

First Amendment | The Christian college’s victory could set a precedent for others still fighting Obamacare’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 2/27/18, 03:39 pm

Wheaton College has secured what even the Little Sisters of the Poor has not: A permanent injunction against the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate. After five years of legal wrangling, a U.S. district court judge’s Feb. 22 ruling finally freed the college from the federal regulation.

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