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Appeal likely of district court decision upholding Pittsburgh censorship zones

ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot:  “The government can’t stifle free speech simply because some pro-abortion politicians or activists demand it. The district court should have ruled in accordance with the appeals court, which correctly applied what the Supreme Court made clear three years ago—that free speech receives the highest protection on public sidewalks. Because the city cannot justify squelching the peaceful offers of help that the sidewalk counselors we represent offer to women, we are consulting with our clients regarding the possibility of appeal.”  Read more >>

Free speech fairness language clears House as part of tax bill

ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb:  “America’s pastors don’t need a federal tax agency to police their sermons, and so we commend those in the House who supported free speech fairness language in the amended tax bill. Churches and their pastors have a constitutionally protected freedom to decide for themselves what they want to say or not say. Recent polling demonstrates that religious leaders don’t want to be burdened by the continual threat of an IRS investigation and potential penalties based simply on what they say from the pulpit.”  Read more >>

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