Category Archives: ADF in the News

Take that, Scrooges: School choirs thumb noses at atheists | One News Now

Yes, you will work for me: Will high court hear First Amendment case? | One News Now

Judge Says Baker Must Abandon His Religious Beliefs | MO Family Policy Council

“Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban Lawsuit Still Pending 9 Years Later” | Huffington Post

Government’s heavy hand favors abortion over faith | Rebecca Hagelin at Washington Times

Christmas Under Assault, but Faithful Fight Back | The New American

    The New American: The conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) went to bat for the districts, noting that student choirs may not be barred from voluntarily performing at such religious-themed events. The ADF later sent a letter to the districts commending them for standing up to the atheist bullies. “Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow choirs to participate in community Christmas events,” said ADF attorney Rory Gray. “Courts have unanimously allowed students to sing Christmas carols at school. Nothing changes when they sing the same Christmas songs at a community festival instead. We commend the districts for rightly ignoring the baseless threats delivered by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco added that “a handful of misguided complaints and a misunderstanding of First Amendment law should not be allowed to harm students and deprive them of educational experiences that serve the community. We hope other school districts will follow Kalispell’s and Whitefish’s example and reject the religious discrimination these groups promote.”


  • Posted: 12/16/2013
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ESPN ‘Jesus’ ad accepted: Banned Christmas commercial approved after uproar | Examiner.com

    Examiner.com: Since 1956, the Catholic foundation has run similar ads with other media outlets without incident. However, it appeared ESPN’s ban on Jesus and God on the air was an indictment of Christmas, as Doug Napier with Alliance Defending Freedom said. ESPN came back to us and said it was denied due to religious advocacy. We were disappointed and dumbfounded with their decision,” said Dan Buck, the Catholic foundation’s executive director. They told us the lines about ‘Celebrate the birth of Jesus’ and ‘Help us reveal God’s healing message’ are ‘problematic’. That’s a quote from them,” Buck added.


  • Posted: 12/16/2013
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“Baker Faces Prison For Refusing To Bake Same-sex Wedding Cake” | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

“Signs and Wonders: Gay marriage facing challenges” | World Magazine

Christmas carols, cards and greetings at school. Are they constitutional? | Sentinel-Standard (Gannett)

    Harold Pease at Sentinel-Standard (Gannett – widely distributed): Should they do more than bluster, which is unlikely given their loss ratio, defending your right to celebrate Christmas in the traditional – even historical manner – is protected by the Constitution and defended by the Alliance Defending Freedom who have recently sent a letter to more than 13,000 school districts nationwide offering their free legal assistance. Attorneys all over the country volunteer their services to protect this part of the Constitution. Should a student or faculty member feel threatened by their leadership or wish council on this subject they can be reached at 1-800-835-5233 and such are invited to visit www.AllianceDefendingFreedom.org. The Alliance will be happy to send a letter encouraging them to honor your First Amendment rights. Alliance literature notes the things that may be done in the public setting.


  • Posted: 12/13/2013
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“Could pastors really be jailed for preaching against gays?” | Indianapolis Star (Gannett)

ESPN reverses decision to ban Catholic hospital’s Christmas ad | Todd Starnes at Fox News

A Victory for Comfort and Common Sense | Joel Oster at Speak Up Movement

James Dobson Files Lawsuit Against Obamacare’s HHS-Abortion Pill Mandate | LifeNews

James Dobson and ‘Family Talk’ Sue Over Abortion Pill Mandate | Christian Post

Attorney: India got it right on homosexual ‘rights’ | One News Now

Dobson takes on feds re: ObamaCare mandate | One News Now

Report: ESPN Rejects Catholic Hospital Ad Because ‘jesus,’ ‘god’ ‘problematic’ | Breitbart

Dobson files lawsuit challenging Affordable Care Act contraception rule | NBC

David and Goliath: Radiance Foundation and Ryan Bomberger Defend Children, Stand Up to the NAACP | Catholic Online

“India’s Supreme Court upholds anti-gay sex law” | KnoxNews (AP)

    Knox News (AP): The United States expressed concern about the Indian Supreme Court decision, although it wasn’t immediately clear if Washington had directly raised the issue with Indian government officials. “We oppose all actions that criminalize consensual sex conducts between adults,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington. “We call on all governments to advance equality for LGBT individuals around the world.”But the court ruling was welcomed by a conservative U.S. legal advocacy group, Alliance Defending Freedom. “The India Supreme Court has ruled in the interest of the health of its society rather than the interests of activist groups trying to use the court to do their bidding,” said the group’s chief counsel, Benjamin Bull.


  • Posted: 12/12/2013
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“Dan Dalton, Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, Secures Legal Settlement for Mississippi Town’s Shelters for Women and Children” | Digital J. (PR Newswire)

Dr. James Dobson Sues Over Obamacare Abortion-Pill Mandate | Charisma News

“Anti-Christian Persecution: Christians Forced out of Business in Colorado and New Mexico” | Catholic Online

Tailored Suits for Dobson, Priests for Life | FRC Washington Update

Prayer List: The Porn Industry and its Victims | Christian Post

Alliance Alert Publication Schedule – December 11th

“Judge: ‘Gay Rights’ Trump 1st Amendment” | WorldNetDaily

Atheists Lose Battle to Silence Christmas Festival | Charisma News

    Charisma News: Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow choirs to participate in community Christmas events,” said Litigation Staff Counsel Rory Gray. “Courts have unanimously allowed students to sing Christmas carols at school. Nothing changes when they sing the same Christmas songs at a community festival instead. We commend the districts for rightly ignoring the baseless threats delivered by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.” . . . “A handful of misguided complaints and a misunderstanding of First Amendment law should not be allowed to harm students and deprive them of educational experiences that serve the community,” added Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We hope other school districts will follow Kalispell and Whitefish’s example and reject the religious discrimination these groups promote.”


  • Posted: 12/10/2013
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Pennsylvania schools told to lose speech limits | WorldNetDaily

    WorldNetDaily: “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “The speech and literature distribution policies of many schools districts in Pennsylvania are virtually identical to the ones the 3rd Circuit struck down. These policies violate the First Amendment right of students to distribute religious materials at school.” The letter says, “The Supreme Court has made it clear that students ‘do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.’” Moreover, the letter states, “The Supreme Court has definitively held that religious expression – whether spoken, written, or symbolic – is protected by the First Amendment.” “America’s public schools should recognize the constitutionally protected freedom of all students, regardless of their religious views,” said Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We hope that school districts in Pennsylvania will respect these freedoms and revise their policies accordingly.”


  • Posted: 12/10/2013
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Over 40 Groups Join National Day of Prayer Against Pornography Next Week | Christian Post

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case Against Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | Alan E. Sears

Unclear how Ohio religious-freedom bill fits with church-state divide | Columbus Dispatch

Still waiting for an Obamacare exemption | Washington Times

Judge Says Baker Must Make Wedding Cakes for Homosexuals | Todd Starnes at Townhall

Atheist Group Seeks to Deny Poor Children Christmas Gifts | Charisma News

Colorado Civil Rights Commission Initial Decision Holds Bakery Violated Law In Refusing Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

Colorado Baker Ordered to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Couples | The New American

KS school’s policy bans scripture, allows Lil Wayne poster | One News Now

Man Not Going to Prison for Trying to Trick Pregnant Girlfriend Into Taking Abortion Drug | LifeNews

Just Asking: How one young girl’s kind invitation could transform schools across the country

Pesky Facts! WaPo Misleads on Public Opinion of Contraception Mandate | Newsbusters

Will IRS Crack Down on Church Politicking? | Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches

Judge Hears Arguments in Colorado Same-Sex Wedding Cake Dispute | NC Register (EWTN)

NY Congresswoman Says ACA Requirement Should Stand | Matt Bowman on WAMC NE Public Radio

First they came for the car dealers: Judge rules on abortion mandate

Carols not an issue in schools | Madison County Journal

Fellowship of Catholic University Students Sues Sebelius Over HHS Mandate

Notre Dame, FOCUS lawsuits challenge contraception mandate

War on Women: ACLU Says Pro-Life Laws Protecting Women’s Health are “Stupid” | Steven H. Aden at LifeNews

Not “Stupid,” Just Duped | Steven H. Aden at Bell Towers

School: Lil’ Wayne is fine, but Jesus is not | Todd Starnes at Fox News

Catholic group sues Obama administration over birth control mandate | Daily Caller

Christian-Owned Auto Dealership Granted Injunction Against Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | Christian News Network

Commissioned poll: People turn up nose at mention of ObamaCare | One News Now

Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) sue to stop Obama”s abortion pill mandate | MedIndia

Religious carols reinstated for charter school concert | One News Now

Student Sues School District For Allegedly Banning ‘see You At The Pole’ Fliers That Included Bible Verses | The Blaze

Lawsuit Filed Against Kansas School for Banning ‘See You at the Pole’ Fliers With Bible Verses | Christian Post

Kansas School Bans, Destroys Student Fliers Containing Bible Verses | Persecution.org (Charisma)

Seventh grader files lawsuit after school staff destroys prayer flyers | Fox4kc.com

Court: Obama Admin Can’t Make Family-Run Car Dealership Follow HHS Mandate | Life News