By Josiah Davidson – Alaska Policy Forum The Constitution’s First Amendment — a keystone of a democratic society — is under fire in Alaska. According to the 2022 Free Speech Index compiled by the Institute for Free Speech,
A liberal-minded person was once understood to be someone who invited vigorous debate over controversial ideas, someone who listened to opposing arguments and calmly followed the logic wherever it led – even if that meant rethinking one’s core
Superior Court Judge Una Sonia Gandbhir heard oral arguments, Dec. 4, in a lawsuit claiming the Anchorage Assembly violated Alaska’s Open Meetings Act by barring the public from attending Assembly meetings in August of this year. Mike Corey, representing
What can a pastor legally say from the pulpit regarding politics, candidates and ballot initiatives? Can clergy educate their congregation on key political and social issues? When do religious leaders cross the line and put their churches in jeopardy of
It is now illegal for counselors in Anchorage to provide any service for minors that helps them deal with unwanted same-sex attraction or overcome gender identity disorders. In a 9-2 vote the Anchorage Assembly effectively banned counseling that encourages
Editor’s note: The following letter was submitted to the Anchorage Assembly for their Aug. 25 meeting in which they will consider an ordinance (AO 2020-65) to ban counseling for minors who are struggling to overcome same-sex attraction or who have
School begins this week in Alaska where tens of thousands of kids are set to learn at home or in private and religious school. Many others will participate in a mix of in-person and online classes provided by state schools. Parents who choose the latter
In an effort to allow greater public input over another hot-button social item the Anchorage Assembly unanimously voted to postpone debate over a proposal that would ban any Anchorage counselor, therapist, psychologist or health care provider from helping a
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