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The Federalist Society: In 2013, the nationwide legal debate over same-sex marriage reached a temporary crescendo at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alliance Defending Freedom: La Paz County is forcing a small Quartzsite church that helps the homeless to close its doors by June 15 unless it pays $68,000 in back-taxes and penalties that both state law and the Arizona Department of Revenue say the church doesn’t owe.
Alliance Defending Freedom: A Minnesota high school will allow a student to include a Bible verse in her graduation speech after school officials received a letter from Alliance Defending Freedom that explained constitutional protections for religious speech. The school had originally told her she could not include a Bible verse at the end of her speech.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Americans need not be forced to abandon their religious heritage simply to appease someone’s animosity toward anything that references God. Courts have repeatedly affirmed that the national motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ is constitutional and can be used on U.S. currency. The 2nd Circuit rightly reached the same conclusion because this suit was based on a deeply flawed understanding of the First Amendment.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley: The only thing these churches have done is serve the schools and bring great benefit to their surrounding communities. No one benefits from this suit except the two atheists bringing it, who stand to gain financially if they are successful. As ADF has said all along, their legal attack has no substance. The court did the right thing in gutting this lawsuit of its substance, and we are confident that the minor pieces that remain will be dismissed as well. We appreciate the serious research and consideration the court has dedicated to this ruling.
Public Discourse: The occasion of Brown’s anniversary commends to us a remembrance of its necessity, and of the sad history of systemic injustice that gave rise to the case. But we also do well to consider the theological foundation for the civil rights movement’s prophetic indictment of the practice of segregation.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Have you noticed that it is more difficult these days to talk about God’s design for marriage and family without causing a national controversy? Whether you are a reality TV star from Louisiana, a CEO of a technology company, a cake baker, a florist, or a Bible-believing Christian working a nine to five, your stance on marriage and family is now apparently headline news.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Sometimes, the bravest thing parents can do in America today is send their children off to school. Kindergarten, elementary school, high school, college – the realms of education are more and more hostile to families who honor faith, cherish freedom … or even just value common sense.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom sent Janesville School District a letter Wednesday applauding its apology for showing students a one-sided video that promotes same-sex marriage and attacks religious views to the contrary.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Attorneys will be available for media interviews following a hearing Tuesday concerning their motion to dismiss a renewed lawsuit that two atheists have filed against the congregations. The atheists are once again falsely accusing the two churches, One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Central Oahu, of defrauding the government even though the court dismissed their claims earlier this year.
Zenit: Sofia Martinez: On May 6, Colombia’s Senate unanimously voted that there is no “right to abortion.”
Zenit: Paul Coleman: Voters have a chance to shape the future of international human rights in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament this Thursday through Saturday, May 22-24.
Jurist: Guest Columnist David Hacker of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses free speech zones on public university campuses.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Michael Tierney regarding the Supreme Court of New Hampshire’s decision in New Hampshire Right to Life v. New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy to allow Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to continue distributing abortion-inducing drugs and other drugs at its six New Hampshire clinics in apparent violation of state law.
Alliance Defending Freedom: A federal court issued an order Wednesday that halts enforcement of the Obama administration’s HHS mandate against two Christian colleges: Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Wednesday to local governments and organizations affirming the legality of public invocations in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway upholding the freedom of Americans to pray according to their own beliefs at public meetings.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom sent Miller School District in South Dakota a letter Monday after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened the school for allowing Gideon Bibles to be distributed. The letter corrects the ACLU’s misinformation that such distribution is unconstitutional by explaining that courts have upheld neutral policies that allow Gideon Bibles to be distributed along with other literature.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit urging it to reject the NAACP’s lawsuit against an Arizona bill that prohibits sex- and race-based abortions.
Speak Up Movement: In 2008, one pastor was audited by the IRS but the IRS dropped that audit soon after it began. No other church has been audited by the IRS as a result of the church’s participation in Pulpit Freedom Sunday.
Alliance Defending Freedom: There is a law higher than government that provides us with rights and responsibilities and it can be invoked when government over steps its bounds.
The Federalist: In every case the news media covered these unflattering portraits of our abortion regime at all, they did so briefly and grudgingly. Imagine what we would know if the media treated the abortion industry with the even a scintilla of the suspicion with which they treat other billion-dollar industries. Imagine what atrocities might have been stopped.
ADF: Somehow, it’s become increasingly difficult for Americans – in particular, with regard to activities in our nation’s schools – to tell the difference between “that’s not my personal preference” and “that’s unconstitutional!”
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a student prohibited by Cameron University officials from distributing religious fliers. When the student asked about the restrictions on his free speech, a top university official said that the amendments to the U.S. Constitution are simply “foundations” that “you can’t live on” and that university policy supersedes his First Amendment freedoms.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The ADF letter explains that, contrary to the principal’s decision, no law requires public schools to allow boys into girls’ restrooms or girls into boys’ restrooms. In fact, the district could be subjecting itself to legal liability for violating students’ privacy rights and placing them in potentially unsafe conditions.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Loving the homeless is their calling. Now, as a church, they face homelessness themselves.
The Family Foundation: “ADF attorneys fight in courts across the country on behalf of our shared principles, but in the decade of cases relating to marriage, they said they usually exit to a crowd of opponents. Not today.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster: “Patient safety should be the number one concern of the medical profession.”
Virginia Courts: Oral arguments before the Virginia 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
National Law Journal: For citizens against the prayers, the decision sets dangerous church-state precedent. For the town of Greece, court’s ruling is a victory for religious freedom.
Alleged rapes, flawed data, official with Planned Parenthood ties brings scrutiny to Tempe sex-ed decision
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Tuesday to the Tempe Union High School District that asks its governing board to reconsider a 3-2 vote last week to adopt a Planned-Parenthood–promoted sex education curriculum as a “framework” for the district’s curriculum.
Video: Austin R. Nimocks, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, responds to media immediately following his oral argument before the Virginia 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
New York Times: Alliance Defending Freedom is profiled by the New York Times, in light of our recent win in the Town of Greece case.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Emily Letts had an abortion. The life that once existed within her womb is now extinguished. But an abortion lasts longer than three minutes.
National Review: Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with ADF, discusses the implications of Town of Greece v. Galloway.
ADF Media: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Friday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the commonwealth’s constitution or laws.
Is holding to the definition of marriage analogous to opposing interracial marriage? Ryan Anderson says no.
Heritage: Whatever one’s views of marriage and however the state defines it, there is no compelling state interest in forcing all citizens to facilitate, participate in, or celebrate a same-sex relationship as a marriage.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Please join me in giving heartfelt thanks for this crucial decision, for the far-reaching impact it will have in so many other cases around the country, and for the important legal precedent it sets to secure religious freedom for you and your family and for people of faith throughout America.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Here are 7 things you need to know about ‘Town of Greece v. Galloway.’
The SCOTUS Blog held something of a symposium yesterday, offering up five opinions on the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision. I’ll highlight the key sections of each opinion here.
Albert Mohler: In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that prayer before the opening of a legislative body does not violate the U. S. Constitution.
The Public Discourse: Most of the argument in legislatures, in courts, and in the marketplace of ideas about legal recognition of same-sex “marriages” has been about how well children do in various sorts of households. Gerard V. Bradley examines the biological make-up of families, carefully working through what these relationships mean, both legally and philosophically.
National Review: An interview with ADF’s Brett Harvey regarding the Town of Greece Supreme Court ruling from earlier this week.
ADF Media: A Maryland county has decided not to appeal a March federal court ruling that struck down the entirety of a law that forced pro-life pregnancy care centers to advise women against using their services.
ADF Media: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to affirm the freedom of Americans to pray according to their own beliefs at public meetings
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM NEWS RELEASE May 2, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact Univ. of Ga. sued for limiting speech to less than one percent of campus ADF files challenge to unconstitutional speech …
Alan Sears, via ADF’s blog: Things are not going altogether according to plan for Planned Parenthood, thanks to your support for the tireless efforts of Alliance Defending Freedom staff and allied attorneys across the country.
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM NEWS RELEASE May 2, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact Obamacare forcing pro-life family to pay for other people’s abortions ADF files suit on behalf of Conn. family losing their …
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to Tucson Unified School District Thursday that asks it to reverse its new policy of allowing children to use bathrooms of the opposite sex.
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM NEWS RELEASE May 1, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact ADF: Supporting Prop. 8 shouldn’t be a fireable offense ADF, FCDF enter joint effort to provide legal assistance to anyone …
James Arnold, Alliance Alert editor: Yesterday, we reported on the alleged removal of crisis pregnancy center ads from Google at the request of NARAL. You can see that story here. I expressed some reservations regarding the story: namely that there …
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM MEDIA ADVISORY April 30, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact On Nat’l Day of Prayer, Colo. Supreme Court hearing case on prayer proclamations Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys available to media …
The reach of this abortion mandate would be extensive, because current federal laws require almost all insurance plans to cover maternity services. Washington State stands ready to require almost every business in the state to cover elective abortions.
Via Speak Up Movement: Church use of government facilities is only part of the problem of fair and equal treatment for houses of worship. We litigated and continue to litigate many instances of unfair and discriminatory treatment based upon faith …
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM NEWS RELEASE April 29, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact ADF lawsuit prompts Kan. school district to end ban on religious speech Policy prohibited prayer event fliers that contained …
You can hear Douglas Napier, Senior Counsel here at Alliance Defending Freedom, speak about State decisions to coerce businesses to create products or offer services that violate the conscience of the proprietor. You can hear Douglas Napier in the second …
Europe does not have a history of a strict separation of church and state where the state does not interfere in the internal affairs of the church. In fact, some countries in Europe still have state churches, for example, the Church of England.
On April 7, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys asked a Hawaii court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two atheists against One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Central Oahu. The lawsuit falsely accuses the two churches of defrauding the government by paying what the atheists call “substandard” rent to the public schools in which they meet.
Sarah Janie Hicks petitioned this Court for a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Criminal Appeals’ judgment affirming her conviction, following a guilty plea, for chemical endangerment of a child for exposing her unborn child to a controlled substance, in violation of Alabama’s chemical endangerment statute, § 26-15-3.2(a)(1), Ala. Code 1975.
“A worthy group of same-sex marriage supporters have penned and signed a gracious letter in which they all allow that Americans ought to have the right to object to same-sex marriage and not lose their jobs and livelihoods over it.”
“Late yesterday afternoon, ACLJ filed a lawsuit on behalf of Brandon Jenkins against officials of The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland for denying Brandon admission to its Radiation Therapy Program in part due to his expression of religious beliefs. As one faculty member explained to Brandon, on behalf of CCBC, the “field [of radiation therapy] is not the place for religion.”