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Acton Institute: Are you sick to death of hearing about the recent Hobby Lobby contraceptive mandate kerfuffle? Me too. Yes, it’s one of the most important religious liberty cases in decades. But the constant debates about the case on blogs, newspapers, TV, radio, and social media, has left even those of us concerned about freedom beaten and exhausted. Besides, what is left to discuss? Is there really anything new that can be said?
Alliance Defending Freedom: “The government has no sound justification for banning free speech on public sidewalks, as the U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed. Censorship zones in such places are about as clear a violation of the First Amendment as it gets. This is especially true when the government allows some pro-abortion voices to speak within a zone but censors all pro-life speech there. While it’s good that the law has been temporarily suspended, we will continue to work toward ensuring that New Hampshire’s law is permanently halted in light of the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down such laws.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the district court of Jönköping County Council in Sweden on behalf of a midwife whom three different medical clinics denied employment because she will not assist with abortions.
Hugh Hewitt: In this transcript of an interview with Hugh Hewitt, David Cortman discusses the Conestoga Wood decision from the Supreme Court last week.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate on behalf of March for Life, the pro-life organization that holds its well-known annual march in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit is the latest lawsuit by a non-profit organization to challenge the mandate since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against it last month on behalf of two for-profit family businesses in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against a New Hampshire law that allows the creation of 25-foot 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.
National Review: With the Supreme Court out of session this summer, we all now have time to relax and read — even some non-erudite fare. Here are Jordan Lorence’s book recommendations for this summer.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Americans through the years have been increasingly less inclined to incorporate “solemn acts of devotion to God,” into their holiday celebrations. It was July 4 – the day the actual Declaration document was ratified – that future generations opted to honor with their national celebrations.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the aftermath of this decision, a trip over to Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform makes one thing clear: there is a lot of misinformation about this ruling. Some abortion advocates, including the White House, claim that the decision jeopardizes women’s health. Others think the decision will allow companies to do whatever they want in the name of religion. And Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t hold back in her dissent, declaring, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” As Christians, we must share the truth.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Madison has again suspended enforcement of its law that creates hundreds of anti-speech zones throughout the city. The city’s decision, which City Attorney Michael May announced in an e-mail Tuesday, comes just days after ADF attorneys filed a supplemental brief in federal district court that explained the heightened problems with the ordinance in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision Thursday in McCullen v. Coakley, a case ADF attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit against a federally funded health center in Tampa for refusing to consider an applicant for employment as a nurse because she is a member of a pro-life medical association and has a faith-based objection to prescribing some birth control methods.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have appealed a federal judge’s May 29 ruling that allowed a Texas school district to refuse to display a faith-based ad on its jumbotron during high school football games. The district denied the ad for JesusTattoo.org because of its religious message even though the district permits other non-school-related organizations, including other religious groups, to advertise.
National Review: Lots of people have asked what happens next after yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in favor of religious freedom for Conestoga (my clients) and Hobby Lobby. Already this morning we are getting some answers, and it is good news for those of us who will continue fighting Obamacare’s abortion-pill mandate.
The Washington Times: The greatest threat to an oppressive government and its cronies isn’t war, recession, or scandal. It’s a grandmother quietly exercising her freedom to hand out a leaflet on a public sidewalk.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review an Alliance Defending Freedom case concerning government speech discrimination against churches. ADF is asking the high court to reverse a 2-1 U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision that allows local governments to impose stricter regulations on temporary church signs than other temporary, non-commercial signs.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The following quote may be attributed to Bill Newland, one of the owners of Hercules Industries, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday against the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate in favor of the two family-run businesses involved in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit Friday against Boise State University for requiring a student organization to have warning signs for two pro-life events on campus it deemed “controversial.”
USA Today: The Supreme Court’s ruling will extend to all deeply held beliefs, not just Christians.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Monday that two family-run businesses, Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby Stores, do not have to surrender their religious freedom in order to remain in business. The court determined that federal law protects the two families from being forced to act contrary to their beliefs by the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Americans don’t surrender their freedom by opening a family business. In its decision today, the Supreme Court affirmed that all Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work consistently with their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government. In a free and diverse society, we respect the freedom to live out our convictions. For the Hahns and the Greens, that means not being forced to participate in distributing potentially life-terminating drugs and devices.”
Public Discourse: To better understand the challenges of crafting formal legal protections for religious liberty, consider the following “Intuitive Guide to Religious Liberty Law.” It illustrates what Congress and the supporters of religious liberty were trying to do by passing the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993, and the various state RFRAs that have been passed since then.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that creates a 35-foot “buffer zone” restricting pro-life advocates from speaking with people entering abortion facilities.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Americans have the freedom to talk to whomever they please on public sidewalks. That includes peaceful pro-lifers like Eleanor McCullen, who just wants to offer information and help to women who would like it. The Supreme Court has affirmed a critical freedom that has been an essential part of American life since the nation’s founding.”
The Washington Examiner: In other words, let those rejoicing in the Patent Office’s assault on the Redskins take note: Officials of the state will have no reservations about turning on their own tribe, when the time comes.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Political allies of abortionists shouldn’t be allowed to use the law as a tool to attack pregnancy care centers, which offer real help and hope to women. As the district court found, Austin’s ordinance was so vague that it allowed the city dangerous latitude in punishing pro-life organizations. Courts around the country have been striking these types of laws down, and this decision joins the growing list.”
The Baltimore Sun: This prompted Alliance Defending Freedom to come to the defense of pro-life groups Care Net, Heartbeat International, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates and the Vitae Foundation. All four groups contend that that city is wrong to subpoena organizations that are not parties to their lawsuit, have no offices in the city, and are located across the country.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox will testify Monday before the District of Columbia Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety on the problems with the proposed Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act. The bill prohibits employers from engaging in “discrimination” against employees for their use of or views on “reproductive health” and may be intended to force employers to provide health insurance for elective abortion regardless of the employers’ religious beliefs or personal convictions.
Alliance Defending Freedom: A small Arizona church that helps the homeless will now be able to remain open after receiving more than $68,000 in donations to cover an illegal tax bill it was required to pay by June 15 to avoid foreclosure. La Paz County required the church to pay the tax even though both state law and the Arizona Department of Revenue say the church isn’t liable.
Alliance Defending Freedom: It was especially heartening this week to learn that the U.S. Supreme Court still believes our Constitution protects the right of Americans to know the truth when they see it. And, in some cases … when they don’t.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Marriage expresses the reality that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mom and a dad. The time-honored marriage laws of Pennsylvania deserve a full defense instead of being nullified by a single federal judge. A public official like the Schuylkill County clerk, who is responsible for issuing marriage licenses, is the correct official to defend the law when the governor and attorney general refuse to do so.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: “No one should be fired or suffer other kinds of retaliation for speech outside the workplace, especially when that person is testifying truthfully in court, as Mr. Lane was. We see all too often that public universities and colleges place political litmus tests on employees. But as the Supreme Court has affirmed once again, Americans do not lose their First Amendment freedoms when they accept a government job.”
Zenit: The defense of life and family did matter during the General Assembly of the Organization of American States that was taking place in Asuncion, Paraguay, June 2-5, even though media reports said otherwise.
Alliance Defending Freedom: A Maryland county paid $375,000 in attorneys’ fees, costs, and nominal damages this week after a court battle won by a pro-life center represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys. In March, a federal court issued a ruling striking down the entirety of a Montgomery County law that forced pro-life pregnancy counselors to advise women against using their services.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a petition Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court that asks it to review an appeals court decision that upheld part of New York City’s anti-pregnancy care law, Local Law 17. A federal district court invalidated the entire law, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reinstated one vague provision in a 2–1 opinion in January.
The Federalist: The unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus is an important victory for free speech. The court held that SBA List could bring a First Amendment challenge to an Ohio law that prohibits making “false statements” in an election campaign—a law that Rep. Steve Driehaus used to prevent SBA List from speaking out against his vote for Obamacare as authorizing taxpayer funds for abortion.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The First Amendment forbids government from acting as a ‘truth commission’ on matters of public debate. The U.S. Supreme Court has rightfully upheld the freedom of Americans to speak in accordance with their views by allowing them to challenge laws that silence them.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Church buildings should not be treated like toxic warehouses simply because they normally house religious activities.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life family filed a motion for preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday seeking to prevent Obamacare abortion surcharges and fines from being enforced against the family. In May, the family filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration because their current health plan will be cancelled in November, forcing them into the state’s health insurance exchange where every plan requires them to directly pay for other people’s abortions. If the Bracys do not comply, they will be subject to crippling fines.
Alliance Defending Freedom: After winning a lawsuit last month at the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of prayers before public meetings, Alliance Defending Freedom is now asking a federal district court to lift its order against the prayer policy of Forsyth County, N.C. The order requires the county to censor the way people pray to ensure only generic prayers are offered at public meetings.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton will be available for media interviews Monday following oral argument at the Adams County District Court regarding the state’s voter-approved constitutional amendment affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a motion to quash Thursday on behalf of four pro-life organizations, not located in Maryland, who are being subpoenaed by the City Council of Baltimore. Baltimore and the pro-abortion law firm, Center for Reproductive Rights, have demanded access to the national pro-life organizations’ private files to help the city defend an ordinance that forces pregnancy resource centers in Baltimore to post signs discouraging women from using their services.
National Review: The Supreme Court has been pondering for a long time what to do with the pending petition to review Elmbrook School District v. Doe. In Elmbrook, a Milwaukee-area high school decided to hold its graduation ceremony at a large nondenominational church because the school’s cramped gymnasium with no air conditioning lacked adequate space for those coming to see the graduation. Although the graduation contained no religious activity at all, activists still sued the school district, claiming that the mere presence of a cross on the church’s stage rendered the facility constitutionally toxic for the public school event. The Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, agreed.
Alliance Defending Freedom: It taxes the imagination of any reasonable person to understand what the property assessor of La Paz County, Arizona, has against one little desert church near the California border.
Alliance Defending Freedom: A federal court Tuesday ordered the University of North Carolina–Wilmington to pay $710,626.50 in the wake of a seven-year lawsuit that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys won on behalf of criminology professor Dr. Mike Adams. In April, the court ordered UNCW to grant Dr. Adams a promotion denied to him in 2006 because of his conservative views and pay him back pay.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, jointly with the Arizona Solicitor General’s office, filed a motion Tuesday with a federal court to defend Arizona’s laws affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The Federalist: The New York Times has the weirdest review of a new dating show on television. Admittedly, the show — “It Takes A Church” — itself seems a bit weird.
Alliance Defending FreedomSenior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will testify Tuesday before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice chaired by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). Baylor will speak about the increasing attacks on religious freedom by the Obama administration.
Alliance Defending Freedom: On behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom, I would like to offer Planned Parenthood one free copy of the Bible for every Planned Parenthood facility in the country. Planned Parenthood could place these Bibles in their waiting rooms and permit women the opportunity to explore for themselves what the Jewish and Christian Scriptures have to say about abortion.
YouTube: Casey Mattox explains the Bracy v. Sebelius case.
YouTube: Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakes and his lawyer, Nicolle Martin, talk with Glen Beck about the recent ruling about his religious conviction to abstain from utilizing his artistic abilities in support of a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the fictional world of The Giver, twelve year old Jonas lives in a highly controlled futuristic society. His is life and future is ruled by the ideology of Sameness, a social construct designed to eliminate the unpredictable aspects of the human experience. Spousal love, grief, sensory pleasures, parental care, and the experience of pain have mostly been eradicated.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The Virginia Community College System consented to a court order Tuesday that prohibits it from enforcing unconstitutional speech policies and zones challenged by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a student. The policy changes, which VCCS agreed to make in April, affect all 23 of the system’s schools.
Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s a fable, but one that’s stuck, that on the eve of the French revolution, a French aristocrat, told that many of her countrymen were too poor to afford bread, helpfully suggested, “Let them eat cake.” It never seems to have occurred to her that a well-iced piece of angel food might cost more than a bite of pumpernickel.
Zenit: On June 2, the newest version of the working document for the Sustainable Development Goals was released. It includes the controversial term “reproductive rights”: legalese for abortion. Member states and non-governmental agencies have urged for the term to be omitted.
The Federalist: Depending on what day it is, the Religious Right is viewed as being full of unintelligent buffoons incapable of grasping simple facts of science or they are shrewd political geniuses secretly leading our nation to become a full-fledged theocracy. Some days, they’re both.
The Federalist: How can a government claim to derive its powers “from the consent of the governed” when it deliberately deceives the people whose consent it supposedly requires? The case of a Connecticut family forced to pay a fee to be used to fund others’ elective surgical abortions or face fines under Obamacare is the latest demonstration that the law is a Rube Goldberg machine of impenetrable statutory language designed to confuse.
Billings Gazette: Joseph P. Infranco, senior counsel with the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian advocacy group, will speak Friday in Billings on how religious freedom can be impeded by the city’s proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.
Charisma News: “Churches shouldn’t live in fear of being punished by the government when they’ve not done anything wrong, but that’s precisely what is happening to this church. If La Paz County officials have their way, this church will lose everything,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys asked the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit that challenges the unauthorized use of state taxpayer funds to pay for abortions on demand.
The Washington Examiner: Matt Bowman: Coercion is the new “freedom” for the same-sex marriage and abortion movements. Thuggery to force people to participate in other people’s same-sex weddings, abortions, and birth control is the new “non-discrimination.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: It is sadly difficult for many Americans today – especially, but not exclusively, young people – to realize what it cost other people to secure for them the freedom to spend a free Monday in May sleeping in, going boating, cooking hamburgers, and watching ballgames.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “In America, we don’t separate a person’s creative expression from what he believes. Jack simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic and creative talents to promote a message with which he disagrees. Because the government should not force him to choose between his faith and his livelihood, we are considering an appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals.”
The New Yorker: Even as euphoria has enveloped many in the pro-same-sex-marriage movement in recent months, it’s important to look seriously at the arguments that Nimocks and his allies are making.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is commending the decision by the Navy Chief of Chaplains to deny the application of Jason Heap, a candidate who wanted to be the military’s first “atheist chaplain.”
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 will be available for media interviews following a public hearing Friday at the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.