First Amendment
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A year of free exercise fights

First Amendment | Christian families, business owners, and ministries did battle this year to retain their constitutional right to live out their faith in the public square
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 12/26/17, 05:48 pm

Legal challenges to Christians’ public expression of faith at work, home, school, and in ministry continued throughout 2017. And as the year drew to a close, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could affect them all.

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No freedom for the captives?

First Amendment | Atheist organization demands an end to seminary classes in Wisconsin prisons
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 12/12/17, 04:27 pm

Held captive by a determination to keep religion confined to churches and homes, the Freedom from Religion Foundation is demanding the Wisconsin Department of Corrections sever ties with an educational ministry that offers inmates a degree in Biblical studies.

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Young conservatism’s firebrand

Q&A | Witty, provocative pundit Ben Shapiro is the blunt spokesman for a new generation of political conservatives
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/05/17, 09:16 pm

Ben Shapiro, 33, is an Orthodox Jew, a father, and a UCLA and Harvard Law grad. Shapiro was a Breitbart editor and is now editor in chief of The Daily Wire, a website that includes his own podcast. Shapiro’s young conservative fans enjoy his skepticism toward the Republican Party and Donald Trump (he was an early Never Trumper), his irreverent yet intelligent tone, his references to both pop culture and philosophical books, and his lawyerly, facts-only dissection of current issues.

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