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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Student wins first round in free speech fight

Free Speech | Federal judge rejects community college bid to dismiss challenge to campus speech restrictions
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/23/18, 02:09 pm

A Southern California community college student won the first round in his fight against Pierce College last week when a federal court ruled the school’s free speech policy violated students’ constitutional rights.

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Wisconsin school drops transgender fight

Transgenderism | An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court could have settled the question of gender identity protections in Title IX
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 1/16/18, 12:34 pm

For two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been able to avoid the inevitable, but the justices will be asked, most likely this year, to define the meaning of “sex” in Title IX. 

Transgender schoolchildren and their attorneys argue gender identity is a protected class under the federal education nondiscrimination law, and judges mostly have agreed. A confluence of cases are headed to appeals courts across the country, pitting transgender students’ demands for access to the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice against schools’ attempts to maintain privacy for all students.

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