Category Archives: ADF in the News

Religious songs reinstated for winter concert | Hamilton Observer

Can 2 people rewrite the First Amendment? | Ben Kinchlow at WND

Real Political Science | Jim Wilson Blog at

Politicking and pulpits | Word & Way

“The Real Gay Agenda” | Huffington Post

Supreme Court Justices Grapple with Public Prayer | NRB

Scare tactics used to inhibit passing abortion law | One News Now

Bordentown: Religious songs to be reinstated for winter concert | Prior to the superintendent’s letter, Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization that deals primarily with religious freedom issues, sent a letter to district officials to lobby for the songs’ inclusion. ”We write to explain that every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including Christmas carols and other religious music in school choir programs fully complies with the First Amendment and to urge you to immediately rescind the new policy instituted by administrative officials,” the letter read. The letter, written by the organization’s legal counsel, further stated the district’s role as it pertains to the First Amendment is to remain neutral from religion and refrain “from demonstrating an unconstitutional hostility toward songs with religious origins.”

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Most favor prayer as part of meetings | Rochester Business J.

Supreme Court Likely To Restore Freedom To Pray At Public Events | Ken Klukowksi at Breitbart

Is prayer unconstitutional? | Doug Napier on the World and Everything In It

Milwaukee Church Wins Zoning Lawsuit | Christian Post

New Jersey School Lifts Controversial Ban on Christmas Carols | Christian Post

New Jersey School Bans Christian Christmas Music | Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal firm specializing in religious liberty cases, fired off a letter to the New Jersey grinches – reminding them that it’s perfectly constitutional to sing “Joy to the World.” “Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow students to perform Christmas carols,” said Legal Counsel Matthew Sharp. “Courts have unanimously upheld their inclusion in school productions–even when songs deal with Christian themes that are naturally a part of the holiday.” The Alliance Defending Freedom letter explains that “every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including Christmas carols and other religious music in school choir programs fully complies with the First Amendment.”

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“Gay Rights Movement Threatens Businesses” | Newsbusters

Can Planned Parenthood Be Trusted To Apply A “Health” Exception In Texas? | Casey Mattox

New York Town Divided as Prayer Case Heads to Supreme Court | NY Times

Big Supreme Court Prayer Case Could Have Major Impact On The Future Of Invocations At Gov’t Meetings | The Blaze

Scholars: Children Benefit From Having Mom, Dad | Charisma News

The Constitutionality of Saying a Prayer at a City Council Meeting: May America Bless God? | Thomas E. Baker at the ABA

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Public Prayer | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Atheist gets her day at the Supreme Court | CNN

Ohio student wins free-speech victory on college campus | One News Now

CBS drama ‘The Good Wife’ highlights personhood of unborn babies | Kristi Burton Brown at LifeSiteNews

A Page Of History Is Worth A Volume Of Logic | Joel Oster

Statements of Faith: The Importance of Saying What You Believe | Speak Up Movement

Gender Identity and Churches: “Male and Female He Created Them”? | Erik Stanley

Dire warning to abortion clinic workers: ‘Don’t let your job put you in prison’ | Washington Times

Workplace religious rights set forth in ADF legal analysis | Baptist Press

Unconstitutional Ban on Christmas Carols Overturned at NJ School | Charisma

U.S. Supreme Court could soon take up new abortion case | Tuscaloosa News (AP)

The women behind local Supreme Court case | Democrat & Chronicle

Mennonite Cabinet Makers Tell Supreme Court: Don’t Let Obama Force Us to Obey HHS Mandate | LifeNews

“Gay marriage opposition leads to ‘unnecessary humiliation’” | The Badger Herald

Supreme Court to hear new case on religion in public life | Robert Barnes at the Washington Post

Lawsuit: Obamacare navigator location gives out late abortion pills | Daily Caller

Does Supreme Court case have a prayer? Stay tuned | McClatchy DC

ACA Contraception Mandate Spurs Litigation Onslaught | National Law Journal

Atheist to get her day at the Supreme Court | CNN

The Myth of Neutrality | Brett Harvey

Constitutionality of Wisconsin’s domestic partnerships probed | Isthmus

    Isthmus: On the issue of severability, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson asked whether the law would be constitutional if the requirement that domestic partners be same-sex couples were struck down, along with the prohibition against close relatives forming such a partnership. “I believe it likely would be,” responded attorney Austin R. Nimocks, who is representing the plaintiffs in Appling v. Doyle. In other words, he argues that it would be legal for rights and benefits to be provided to domestic partner relationships as long as those partnerships are not sex-specific; they could include such domestic pairings as two sisters who live together. That way, says Nimocks, the status of legal marriage would be preserved. “The [same-sex] relationship in and of itself would not be marriage-like, and that is what is important to make things constitutional,” says Nimocks, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit organization based in Scottsdale.

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Christmas Music Ban? | O’Reilly Factor Video

States weigh in on abortion suit | The Hill

New Jersey school bans religious Christmas music | Todd Starnes at Fox News

Transparency: Sebelius ‘Doesn’t’ Know’ if Obamacare Will Force us to Fund Abortions | Cortney O’Brien at Townhall

War On Christmas? N.J. School District Bans Religious Songs During Winter Concerts | The Blaze

To Sing or Not to Sing in Church, That is the Question for the Gilroy High School Choir | Caffeinated Thoughts

Activists celebrate as equality surges forward from coast to coast | Wisconsin Gazette

Sixteen States Tell Supreme Court: Uphold Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

Rick Warren Praying at President Barack Obama’s First Inauguration Image Used For ‘We the People Pray’ Campaign | Christian Science Monitor

N.J. School District Banning Christmas Carols at Elementary Schools Put on Notice by Religious Freedom Advocacy Group | Christian Post

NJ School District Wages War on Christmas, Bans Carols | FreeMuse

Forget the Enlightenment—Focus on the Family | AWR Hawkins at The University Bookman

Roe v. Wade Was an “Abuse of Discretion,” Exercise in Raw Judicial Power | Steven Aden at LifeNews

New Jersey school district bans religious songs at winter concerts | Washington Post

Discussion centers on upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case starring the Town of Greece | NBC

NJ School District Wages War on Christmas, Bans Carols | Charisma

Same-sex marriage: Will New Mexico become 15th state to allow it? (+video) | Christian Science Monitor