First Amendment

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    Religious freedom gets a boost from SCOTUS

    In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that a Missouri church was wrongly denied state funds for playground resurfacing. The ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo. v. Comer may have broader implications for the school choice movement.  Education Week explains, The farther-reaching question underlying…
    Terry Stoops, June 27, 2017
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    FIRE gives UNC Chapel Hill a ‘green light’ for free speech

    Here’s some good news for my alma mater. UNC Chapel Hill has received a “green light” rating for free speech. The university previously had a “yellow light” rating because of a couple of concerns about freedom of expression on campus. The ratings are given by the Foundation for Individual…
    Barry Smith, July 7, 2015
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    Nice First Amendment you had. Too bad you couldn’t keep it

    (Full disclosure: I worked for Reason from 1989-98). If you haven’t heard about the harassment of Reason magazine by a U.S. attorney in Manhattan, that’s because few major metro dailies have covered or editorialized about it. Ken White of the Popehat blog provided the first (and…
    Rick Henderson, June 13, 2015
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    NC House has a snow day and the NC Senate keeps working

    This was released today by the NC Senate.  While the House is out for a snow day, the NC Senate debated this bill.  This is in response to some of the push back magistrates have had over the last few months regarding same sex marriages.
    Sarah Curry, February 25, 2015
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    UNCW: Hey, we’re not through wasting time & your money trying to deny Mike Adams’ free speech rights

    I.e., what should be by now a thoroughly embarrassed and apologetic public university is declaring they will seek to appeal yesterday’s defeat in a U.S. District Court in Greenville. A jury held that UNC-Wilmington did in fact discriminate against Prof. Mike Adams over his conservative speech activity:…
    Jon Sanders, March 21, 2014
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    Catholic bishops take on Obamacare’s assault on religious freedom

    This past Sunday, Catholic priests across the country read to their congregations versions a letter in response to Obamacare’s assault on religious freedom (emphasis in original): The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage…
    Jon Sanders, January 30, 2012
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    Campus Police Act Doesn’t Violate Constitution

    The North Carolina Supreme Court just held in State v. Yencer that the North Carolina Campus Police Act as applied to the specific defendant doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. This lawsuit arises as a result of an officer at Davidson College arresting an individual…
    Daren Bakst, November 11, 2011
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    Lawsuit Challenging State Taxpayer Financing Systems

    A new lawsuit has been filed challenging North Carolina’s taxpayer financing systems.  The United States Supreme Court, in Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett, recently ruled that rescue funds (or matching funds) that make up these campaign finance systems are unconstitutional. Rescue funds are money that is triggered…
    Daren Bakst, September 15, 2011