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Coach Kennedy loses 9th Circuit appeal to pray in public

by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/23/17, 03:28 pm

Former Bremerton, Wash., high school football coach Joe Kennedy lost his appeal today at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled he did not have a right to pray at the 50-yard line after games. A three-judge panel of the court, known for liberal rulings, said Kennedy’s prayers did not amount to constitutionally protected free speech because he was acting as a public employee when he offered them.

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Tillerson decries ISIS genocide in religious freedom report

by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/15/17, 01:08 pm

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the U.S. State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom Tuesday, highlighting the Islamic State as one of the biggest threats to liberty around the globe. “ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement, and death,” Tillerson wrote.

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Country Mill’s forbidden fruit

Religious Liberty | Why would a Michigan city banish a popular, family-run orchard?
by Mary Jackson
Posted 8/15/17, 08:37 am

CHARLOTTE, Mich.—The day before Steve Tennes was born, his father, siblings, and grandmother planted more than 3,000 apple trees on the family’s newly acquired 120-acre Charlotte, Mich., farm, earning him an orchard in his name.

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