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Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund

California judge backs Christian baker’s conscience rights

First Amendment | Forcing business owners to participate in same-sex weddings ‘does violence’ to free speech protections, judge rules
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 2/13/18, 03:15 pm

A California judge has denied a state agency’s request to punish a baker who declined to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding reception, delivering a rare win for a Christian business owner caught in the culture war crossfire. 

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Federal court blocks Kansas anti-boycott law

First Amendment | Judge rules bill shielding Israeli businesses from discrimination violates constitutional free speech protections
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 2/06/18, 03:37 pm

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Kansas law requiring state contractors to certify they are not participating in any boycotts against Israel. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree said the Kansas law, enacted in July, stymies protected political speech.

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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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