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Forecasting First Amendment challenges

First Amendment | Religious liberty and free speech advocates outline cases and issues to watch in the coming year
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 1/02/18, 04:44 pm

From city councils to the U.S. Supreme Court, free speech and religious liberty advocates continue to keep a watchful eye—and a hopeful attitude—on the conflicts spilling over into 2018. As the new year begins, I asked advocates in the areas of law, education, and public policy to forecast the challenges and anticipated triumphs for 2018. The respondents were Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute; Gregory Seltz, executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty; Matt Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel; Zach Greenberg, the Justice Robert H.

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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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A defining moment for Title VII

Sexuality | Supreme Court passes on a case that would have redefined ‘sex’ to include sexual orientation
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 12/19/17, 12:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal last week to hear a case seeking to expand the definition of “sex” in federal employment law to include sexual orientation only delays the inevitable court battle in the war on words. Similar cases are making their way through the lower courts with mixed results, which will force the high court or Congress to step in eventually.

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