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COMMENTARY

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My dear neighbors in ISD 181, we have a unique opportunity staring us in the face. We have a chance, a moment if you will, to come together and stand as one in support of our new superintendent of schools.
"As a student, you do not surrender your First Amendment rights when attending a school-sponsored event. Your right to free exercise, including prayer, remains true at graduation. At the same time, no student should ever feel coerced into prayer — or any religious activity — by their school."
As we move forward, we need to make sure we participate, stay informed, keep our elected officials not only informed of our concerns but also accountable as we vote in elections.
Freedom Forum First Amendment specialist Kevin Goldberg breaks down why two key religious freedom cases before the Supreme Court this term matter to you — and predicts how the court will rule.

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Many discussions about cancel culture devolve into arguments over whether or not a particular person was really canceled — which sidesteps questions of whether, and under what circumstances, cancellation is right or wrong. Cancel culture can be hostile to free speech — but it also is free speech.
"In our divided society, we must recover a shared vision of religious freedom. ... it requires practicing our civic duty to guard that right for others, including those with whom we deeply disagree."

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