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Crime, punishment, and liberty

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court stays the execution of a Buddhist inmate on religious freedom grounds
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/02/19, 03:41 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution March 25 to a Buddhist prisoner on Texas’ death row after state officials refused to allow his spiritual adviser to accompany him in the death chamber. The decision could pave the way for more high court rulings in favor of individuals’ religious liberty.

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‘It’s a free country’

Law | Common sense, common grace—in one case
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 3/14/19, 03:43 pm

One well-publicized case ended this month in a slight win for religious liberty and freedom of speech. The City of Bloomington, Minn., gave up on its case against Ramin Parsa and agreed not to pursue prosecution further—and the resolution offers some lessons for others hit by clampdowns.

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Talk trouble

Free Speech | A Florida case highlights the ongoing question of ‘professional speech’ for Christians
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/19/19, 04:09 pm

A federal judge on Thursday ruled against two Florida counselors who want the freedom to help minors change unwanted sexual attractions, behaviors, or identities. The court decision ignored multiple precedents, including a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that professionals have a right to free speech on the job.

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