Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Alliance Defending Freedom: I couldn’t help but recall Beryl Otieno Ngoje’s story as I watched the movie The Giver, based on the Newbery Medal winning book by Lois Lowry.
Alliance Defending Freedom: At first, it looks like Utopia – war, violence, and diseases have been eliminated. Every family has a wife, husband, and children living in picturesque “dwellings” in perfectly ordered communities. Everyone and everything has a purpose. But something is … wrong.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Louisiana College’s victory over the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate Wednesday puts the number of Alliance Defending Freedom wins against the mandate at 20-0. In addition, another ADF client, Conestoga Wood Specialties in Pennsylvania, received a district court order Thursday against the mandate as a result of its June 30 victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is commending the Navy for its decision to allow Bibles to remain in Navy lodges and guest quarters for the time being. Navy officials announced Thursday that Bibles would remain while the policy on religious materials in guest quarters is reviewed.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Public universities should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” says Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker, who heads the ADF public university legal team. “For them to do otherwise is to act contrary to their very reason for existence and is frequently unconstitutional as well. Our efforts to protect freedom at public universities are motivated by one desire: to ensure that the marketplace of ideas that a university is supposed to be stays that way for everyone.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: “The last word on the marriage lawsuits in America rests with the U.S. Supreme Court. It has already said that lower-court rulings on state marriage laws should be placed on hold for now. The 4th Circuit was wrong to ignore that and deny Virginians an orderly, dignified, and fair resolution to the question of whether they will remain free to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Alliance Defending Freedom is asking Chief Justice Roberts to do what the high court has done before and stop this ruling from going into effect before the litigation reaches its end.” -ADF Senior Counsel Byron Babione
Fox News Insider: Kristen Waggoner, of Alliance Defending Freedom, said the group has now filed a formal complaint with Arizona to investigate this immediately.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the Navy Exchange Service Command Wednesday after it needlessly agreed to remove Bibles from guest rooms in hotels and lodges on Navy bases after receiving a complaint from an atheist group.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people–under threat of punishment–to give up their freedom to live and work according to their beliefs. Louisiana College is a Christian college that simply wants to continue to operate as a Christian college as it has since its founding in1906. The court–in the first final ruling finding against the mandate that we are of–did the right thing in striking down the Obamacare abortion pill mandate as it applies to Louisiana College’s health insurance coverage.” -ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot
Alliance Defending Freedom: On August 6, our attorneys representing Sally Howe Smith, a county clerk in Oklahoma, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the freedom of Oklahomans to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “The people of Virginia and every other state should continue to be free to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws if they choose to do so. Because the 4th Circuit chose not to place a hold on its decision as other courts – including the U.S. Supreme Court – have done in nearly identical cases, we intend to ask the high court to do so in this case before the 4th Circuit’s mandate goes into effect. We trust the Supreme Court will grant our request in order to ensure an orderly and dignified resolution of this important constitutional question.” -ADF Senior Counsel Byron Babione
National Catholic Register: Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado’s educational-choice programs, according to a brief filed by ADF attorneys in a case that is due to be heard by the state Supreme Court.
Alliance Defending Freedom: By far the biggest story of the day: U.S. fighter jets bombed ISIS (now known as Islamic State) militants in Iraq this morning, and according to CNN, “U.S. warplanes patrolling the skies over northern Iraq have a ‘green light’ to go after perceived ISIS threats to the Kurdish capital, Irbil, or to minority populations, said deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.”
The College Fix: “It’s encouraging that we are seeing courts uphold this fundamental First Amendment freedom in the places where some of the greatest ideas and movements in history have been birthed,” Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for Alliance Defending Freedom, said in an email to The College Fix.
The Daily Signal: Why did they go to court, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom? Regulations drawn up by the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, included the HHS rule mandating that employee insurance plans cover 20 forms of contraception, four of which are considered seen by many to be potentially life-ending.
Alliance Defending Freedom: As the debate over the definition of marriage rages across the states, the European Court of Human Rights (kind of like a “Supreme Court of Europe”) has decided that the European Convention on Human Rights (kind of like our Constitution) does not require that nations recognize same-sex marriage.
ABC 15: “Every American should be outraged that Planned Parenthood is refusing to report a rape,” said Christiana Holcomb.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services Thursday that asks the agency to investigate a Tempe Planned Parenthood facility under a new state law that empowers such investigations. Last month, ADF attorneys joined an Arizona Life Coalition press conference that called on state prosecutors to investigate the facility for allegedly failing to report, as state law requires, the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who then reportedly went on to sexually assault others.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Madison voted Tuesday to rescind its law that created hundreds of censorship zones throughout the city in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in McCullen v. Coakley, a case Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008. ADF filed suit against the Madison law in February.
Via Point of View. Erik Stanley starts at 43:19, and Kerri Kupec starts at 1:14:05.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing an Oklahoma county clerk asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to uphold the freedom of Oklahomans to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws.
Alliance Defending Freedom: As the primary issue explored in the movie God’s Not Dead, college freshman Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is faced with this dilemma on the first day of philosophy class from Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). With a stunning debut at the box office, God’s Not Dead trailed only Divergent and The Grand Budapest Hotel in popularity on opening weekend. Now, it’s available on DVD and Blu-ray.
ADF to Colo. high court: Children at faith-based schools shouldn’t be excluded from school choice program
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a brief Monday asking the Colorado Supreme Court to uphold an appellate court’s ruling that affirmed Douglas County’s freedom to include private religious schools in its school choice program.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “The government shouldn’t be spending taxpayer dollars unlawfully on medically unnecessary abortions. Regrettably, the Minnesota Supreme Court has left in place a ruling that allows the state to act contrary to the high court’s own 1995 decision that said it ‘will not permit any woman eligible for medical assistance to obtain an abortion ‘on demand.’ We will continue to look for opportunities to ensure that the hard-earned money of Minnesota taxpayers isn’t used to pay for unauthorized abortions and to ensure that taxpayer-funded abortions don’t disproportionately and tragically fall on the African-American community.” -ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to defend Texas’s laws affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The brief, filed on behalf of Texas Values and Louisiana Family Forum, argues that Texas has a host of reasons to affirm marriage in a manner consistent with its longstanding public policy.
Alliance Defending Freedom: When rebel group Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, thousands of Christians were given the options to convert to Islam, pay a tax, leave, or die. These families woke one morning to see that their houses had been marked with a spray-painted sign – the sign of “Nazarene,” marking them as Christians.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Overland Park paid $50,000 in attorneys’ fees last week for its unconstitutional policy prohibiting the distribution of fliers on public sidewalks at the city’s soccer complex. A federal court ordered payment of the fees in the wake of its May 5 ruling striking down the free speech ban.
Zenit: The HBT certification program was created in Sweden in 2008 by RFSL (known in English as the National Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) to advance the homosexual agenda. Schools, libraries, and various organizations become certified after submitting to intense scrutiny, undergoing mandatory training sessions, and paying a hefty fee.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Virginia confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirms marriage as a man-woman union. The people of Virginia and every other state are free to preserve that understanding of marriage in their laws. In its Windsor decision, the Supreme Court declared that the states have the authority to define marriage for their community. If the high court remains consistent with that principle, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so. In the meantime, the 4th Circuit should put a hold on its decision to ensure an orderly and dignified resolution of this important constitutional question.” -ADF Senior Counsel Byron Babione
Alliance Defending Freedom: The legal teams who won their cases on behalf of Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby at the U.S. Supreme Court filed a brief this week at the request of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit about the impact of the high court’s decision on a case involving two Washington pharmacists and a pharmacy owner. The 9th Circuit had suspended activity in their lawsuit, Stormans v. Wiesman, until the Supreme Court issued its ruling.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state law, while affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman, also permits separate domestic partnerships for same-sex couples even though a voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibits any “legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.” The high court’s decision upholds a 2012 decision from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
Alliance Defending Freedom: According to the most recent data compiled this week, Alliance Defending Freedom is having its most successful year to date in protecting freedom at America’s public universities and protecting private religious universities from the Obama administration. As part of its legal efforts to defend constitutionally protected freedoms from grammar school to graduate school, ADF has the largest and most experienced team of attorneys dedicated to university issues.
The Daily Signal: For the third year in a row, an annual report by Alliance Defending Freedom discovered widespread waste, abuse and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood on the taxpayer’s dime. Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, called the latest findings “disturbing.”
Kerri Kupec discusses New Generation Christian Church as well as Planned Parenthood with Zeb Bell (audio)
Alliance Defending Freedom:“Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Virginia confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as a man-woman union. In his dissent, Judge Niemeyer correctly noted that ‘there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage and there are rational reasons for not recognizing it’ and that the 4th Circuit, as with other courts, ‘must allow the States to enact legislation on the subject in accordance with their political processes.’ We are consulting with our client and considering her options. Ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the high court remains consistent with its acknowledgement in its Windsor decision of the right of states to define marriage, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so.” -Byron Babione
Professors Jameson W. Doig and Robert P. George discussed their differing views of marriage throughout this past week. We round them up, so that you can see both sides of the discussion, presented clearly and in the spirit of mutual respect.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Three-acre minimum – that was what New Generation Christian Church in Rockdale County, Georgia was told it must buy if it wanted access to property for its worship services.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday to release all documents related to its recent decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys secured a court order Wednesday against a New Hampshire law that allows the creation of 25-foot censorship zones in which no person may speak, stand, or even enter on public ways and sidewalks outside of abortion facilities. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a similar law in McCullen v. Coakley, a case ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.
The Federalist Society: In 2013, the nationwide legal debate over same-sex marriage reached a temporary crescendo at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s rulings in June 2013 did anything but settle the issue.
Alliance Defending Freedom : Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys will be available for media interviews following an Arizona Life Coalition press conference Thursday that will call on state authorities to investigate a Tempe Planned Parenthood facility under a new law that goes into effect the same day. The facility allegedly failed to report the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who then reportedly went on to sexually assault others.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom made public Wednesday its latest annual report to Congress that identifies waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood, state family planning programs, and other organizations. As in 2013 and previous years, the report urges Congress to continue its investigation into the misuse of taxpayer dollars.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “President Obama’s overreaching executive order is the latest example illustrating that the very government that the Constitution charges with protecting religious freedom is now the primary threat to religious freedom. The administration has brazenly bypassed Congress and declared that the only religious non-profit organizations it will do business with are those willing to line up with the administration’s doctrine and theology on sexual behavior. That’s the kind of government entanglement with religion that the Founders sought to prevent and that the First Amendment prohibits.” -Kristen Waggoner
Alliance Defending Freedom: Rockdale County has revised its zoning regulations in the wake of a federal lawsuit Alliance Defending Freedom filed on behalf of a church denied access to property less than three acres. The city’s zonings restrictions forced the church to convene in the basement of a jewelry store, where it was allowed to temporarily remain while the lawsuit continued. As part of a settlement that ends the suit, the county paid $15,000 in damages to the church and $15,000 in attorneys’ fees.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Oklahoma confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as a man-woman union. In his dissent, Judge Kelly rightly noted that ‘any change in the definition of marriage rightly belongs to the people of Oklahoma, not a federal court.’ We are consulting with our client and considering her options. Ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the high court remains consistent with what it held in its Windsor decision, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the understandable excitement so many of us felt two weeks ago over the wonderfully welcome and important U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Conestoga / Hobby Lobby case, I have delayed celebrating another high court decision in another Alliance Defending Freedom supported-case – one with its own enormous implications for your family’s First Amendment-protected freedom of speech. And, even more importantly, for the defense of life in the womb.
National Review: Holding a hearing on S. 1696, deceptively titled “The Women’s Health Protection Act,” the U.S. Senate committee on the Judiciary heard many myths from abortion proponents about the “need” for the bill’s evisceration of all life-affirming legislation. This is a federal attempt to expand abortion policy while also destroying pro-life legislation and blocking new life-protecting efforts.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys representing a Lakewood, Colo., cake artist who declined to use his creative talents to promote and endorse a same-sex ceremony appealed a June 2 order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to the Colorado Court of Appeals Wednesday.
Speak Up Movement: Pulpit Freedom Sunday is about preaching a Biblical election sermon to inform your congregation on issues that were Biblical far before they were labeled “political” by the IRS.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “While the Senate rightfully rejected this unjust bill, today is a reminder of the need to stand vigilant in defense of our God-given freedoms against those who would seek to take them away. Echoing our Founding Fathers, Ronald Reagan once said that ‘freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.’ It has been 20 years – one generation – since Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and many of its sponsors have already turned their backs on our first freedom. We can be thankful for now that not enough of them did.” -Casey Mattox
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday on behalf of pro-life advocates opposed to a Colorado law that has been used to prohibit speech on public sidewalks outside abortion facilities. On June 26, the high court unanimously upheld the right of Americans to engage in free speech on public sidewalks in front of abortion businesses in the case McCullen v. Coakley, which ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Criminology professor Dr. Mike Adams’ seven-year quest to vindicate his First Amendment freedoms concluded with a settlement in his favor Tuesday. In March, a federal jury ruled that the University of North Carolina–Wilmington illegally retaliated against Adams when it denied him a promotion in 2006 because of his conservative views.
Life News: The Senate Democrats, led by Patty Murray, have called for an immediate vote on S. 2578, disingenuously titled the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act. It should be known for what it is, the Anti-Religious Freedom bill.
LifeNews: Through our attorney, LifeNews has issued a response to the NAACP, which recently sent us an a letter attempting to intimidate LifeNews and pressure us to stop reporting on its long-standing pro-abortion position and opposition to pro-life legislation to protect black babies from abortion.
Kerri Kupec discusses McCullen v Coakley and Conestoga Wood Specialties v Burwell with Zeb Bell (audio)
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys representing Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and Phil Berger, president pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate, asked the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to consider whether the First Amendment empowers abortion supporters to demand that the state censor “Choose Life” license plates.
Alliance Defending Freedom: I’ve received a few awards in my lifetime, most of them being trophies that collected dust on my bedroom bookcase. And while I’ve never been a huge fan of movie, music, or sports awards shows, I certainly know the basic idea behind them.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs will be available for media interviews Monday following a federal court hearing regarding the Fort Wayne bus system’s refusal to accept an ad from Women’s Health Link, a life-affirming health care referral service for women in need.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “No new law should make an HHS bureaucrat more powerful than federal law itself. Senate Bill 2578 should be called the ‘Late-Term Abortion and Assisted Suicide Coercion Act of 2014’ because it allows any whim of HHS to trump any federal law or rule, including those that protect Americans from being forced to provide abortion or assisted suicide coverage as part of a health plan. The bill clearly states that any HHS regulation requiring something in a health plan must be followed regardless of what any other federal law says. That’s an exceedingly dangerous power grab that no American should support.”