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Religious liberty in a pandemic

Religious Liberty | Lockdowns tests the limits of freedom of worship in times of public crisis
by Steve West
Posted 3/24/20, 06:15 pm

As pastors and religious leaders across the country faced tough decisions about whether to hold worship services over the weekend, Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus gathered 500 of them on a conference call on Thursday. They talked about how to keep their ministries going and whether shelter-in-place orders and other restrictions on public gatherings violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Thirsty for more public revenue

Religious Liberty | Texas churches battle city over extra water charges
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/17/20, 04:42 pm

When Magnolia, Texas, decided in 2018 to raise its water rates, everyone in the small town felt the pinch. But the increase squeezed churches even more because the city levied additional fees on nonprofit groups, schools, and places of worship.

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Shall Google make no law?

First Amendment | Courts reaffirm that tech giants are not subject to the First Amendment
by Steve West
Posted 3/10/20, 02:55 pm

The First Amendment opens with the words “Congress shall make no law.” But what happens when corporations gain just as much or more power than Congress to curtail free speech? Though conservatives and liberals protest censorship by companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, two recent cases suggest the courts don’t want to see the First Amendment applied to Big Tech anytime soon.

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