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Facebook’s First Amendment chokehold

First Amendment | The social media giant blocked two Christian ministry pages this month, offering only vague explanations about community standards violations
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/24/17, 01:35 pm

Facebook shut down two Christian ministry pages this month, without warning or explanation, renewing fears about the social media giant’s ability to control access to an important corner of today’s public square.

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Missouri Satanist challenges pro-life laws as ‘religious tenets’

Religious Liberty | Case represents a new tactic in challenging abortion regulations
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/17/17, 03:42 pm

Pro-abortion activists have adopted a new legal strategy against pro-life laws in Missouri, challenging them as violations of religious liberty protections. In 2016, a self-avowed Satanist sued the state, claiming its abortion regulations are “religious tenets” and therefore a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Admendment of the U.S. Constitution and Missouri’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA). The case now heads to the state’s Supreme Court for what could be a final decision.

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Churches, synagogues join fight against FEMA faith bias

First Amendment | Catholic and Jewish leaders file legal briefs arguing that the government should not exclude religious facilities from disaster relief aid
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/10/17, 02:54 pm

Houston-area Catholic and Jewish congregations have filed legal briefs in support of three churches suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for denying disaster relief funds because of their religious identity. The churches—two non-denominational and one Assemblies of God—are united in their fight against religious discrimination that could spell financial ruin for congregations across the storm-ravaged United States. 

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