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    A Supreme Court Case Pregnant with Hope

    By Noel W. Sterett, attorney at Mauck & Baker, LLCOn Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case involving California’s effort to restrict and compel the speech of pro-life pregnancy care centers.   Read More...

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    Pastors File Lawsuit Challenging Illinois’ Ban on Sexual Identity Counseling

    (August 11, 2016, Chicago, Illinois) On Thursday, Pastors Protecting Youth (PPY), an association of Illinois pastors, filed a Federal lawsuit against the State of Illinois in regards to the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, the state’s newly enacted ban on sexual identity counseling for minors. The suit maintains that the ban unconstitutionally restricts a young person’s right to make personal choices regarding his or her own choice of sexual identity, as well as the pastors’ right to free spe...  Read More...

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    Freeing Speech on Campus: Interview with FIRE's Ari Cohn

        For institutions that claim to be open minded and promote the free exchange of ideas, its ironic to see college campuses across the nation become increasingly hostile to the right of free speech. However, Ari Cohn of FIRE is pushing back. We talk to him on Lawyers for Jesus Radio.Tune in Saturdays at 3:00 pm on AM 1160 for Lawyers for Jesus Radio. Each week, the attorneys from Mauck & Baker will cover a variety of topics relating to the Gospel in l...  Read More...

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    In Light of Reed, Free Speech Protections Broaden

    Despite what many see as the continual erosion of religious liberty, the right to free speech has been recently receiving broader protection in the judicial system. On the heels on the U.S. Supreme Court’s sweeping decision for free speech in Reed v.   Read More...

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    Bible Colleges Shouldn’t Need a State Seal

    These schools offer an affordable education, but many are not allowed to award a degree.Written by John W. Mauck, published in the Wall Street Journal.President Obama last week directed federal agencies to change the way graduates pay back student loans, the latest in a string of measures that aim to make college more accessible and affordable. Governors across the country have echoed the president’s claims that it is time to get college costs under control.   Read More...

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    Public Colleges or Free Speech Silencers?

    Written by Noel W. SterettHistorically, the purpose of public colleges has been to provide a marketplace of ideas, thought, and education to young adults—those capable of thinking and speaking independently and critically of the world around them. This is why the freedom of speech, the ability to express varied points of view and ideas no matter how odd or unpopular, has long been considered critical to the success or purpose of a college.   Read More...

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    A Tale of Christmas Past

    With Christmas approaching, the thoughts of many are consumed with last minute shopping, holiday events, family gatherings, and perhaps even the birth of Messiah. Yet, for many Eastern Europeans, this time of the year is significant for still another reason. December 16, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution.   Read More...

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    Why Should Atheists and Agnostics Care About Religious Liberty?

    Written by Whitman H. BriskyReligious liberty means the ability to believe and to worship, or not believe and not worship, as one chooses free from government intrusion or coercion. It means being able to change your faith without fear of punishment.   Read More...

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    Free Speech Ignored for DePaul Professor

    On Monday, November 29, 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court decided not to hear Professor Thomas Klocek’s appeal, bringing an end to his five-year suit against DePaul University for destroying his reputation. The case had been litigated in the circuit court for years in front of a number of different judges: two of which ruled Klocek properly stated valid claims against DePaul; the last of which, however, unexpectedly threw the entire case out on the eve of the trial in 2009. The appellate co...  Read More...