Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen with the Glen Allen, Va. firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC is defending Bomberger and Radiance in U.S. District Court in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.
Albert Mohler: I am also honored to receive this award from the Alliance Defending Freedom and its President, Alan Sears. I have known Alan for many years, and I know him to be one of the most powerful advocates of virtue and liberty of our age. The work of the Alliance Defending Freedom is essential, singular, and urgently vital. This battalion of defenders fights most of all—and most effectively—for our “first freedom,” religious liberty.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: For his “significant efforts in publicly promoting and defending religious liberty,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, received the 2015 Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award from the Alliance Defending Freedom, May 15.
North Jersey: “In most of these cases when a teacher is operating on their private Facebook page, it’s very clear they’re speaking in their personal capacity and not as an employee,” said Rory Gray, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
Live Action News: Abortion in itself is tragic enough, but the penchant for people to use dead babies for such ventures as cosmetic development is an abhorrent practice, and one condemned strongly in an international court recently, aided by a friend-of-the-court brief from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
Salon (AP): The Christian Civic League of Maine, Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine and the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based conservative legal group — groups that supported Trask’s request to lift the order last year— are urging lawmakers to pass the bill. It’s also being backed by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, which reversed its position and yielded to Trask’s wishes after she sued the state.
World Magazine: A Dutch appeals court has cleared a man charged with assisting his 99-year-old mother to commit suicide in a case that could expand the country’s euthanasia laws.
Pulse: She added that “I never imagined what would happen next. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued me after hearing in the media what had happened. That was shocking. Even more surprising, Rob and his partner Curt, with their ACLU attorneys, filed suit shortly thereafter. A judge ruled against me, but this week, with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, I appealed.”
NOLA: Johnson practices privately with Kitchens Law Firm but in recent years did work for the Alliance Defending Freedom — previously called the Alliance Defense Fund — which represented a photographer in New Mexico court after she declined to work for a same-sex couple two years ago.
The Christian Institute: Spokesman for ADF Casey Mattox said: “Churches and other religious employers should not be coerced by the government into violating their fundamental beliefs by being party to elective abortion”.
WND: “Every innocent life deserves to be protected. We commend the House for putting the health and well-being of mothers and unborn children first,” said Steven H. Aden, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
IPS News Agency (Translated via Google): “Education should be in values, responsibility and parents and society in the formation of a multicultural and multiethnic state,” he told IPS Mexican Sofia Martinez, spokesman for the recommendations of the Commission of Education and Culture Forum Civil Society and Social Actors.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Daniel Lipsic participated in a hearing in Hungarian General Court in a criminal case involving the harvesting of embryonic stem cells and tissue from aborted babies and using them for profit in cosmetic procedures.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom explained their “services” like this: “Planned Parenthood doesn’t hand out birth control or abortion inducing drugs for free either. Planned Parenthood ALWAYS COLLECTS COLD, HARD CASH from their CLIENTS and AMERICAN TAXPAYERS for the birth control it doles out. Planned Parenthood’s websites show that it charges between $15 and $800 for hormonal birth control, up to $70 for early-abortion pills, and up to $1000 for IUDs. At the very minimum, it charged low-income women $90 million for contraceptives in fiscal year 2011, and collected more than half a billion dollars in taxpayer money in that same year.”
ADF International and the Institute Ordo Juris sent to the Romanian Parliament a memorandum calling for the rejection of the bill aimed at institutionalization of same-sex marriage
PCH24 (Translated via Google): Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Institute Ordo Juris sent to the Romanian Parliament a memorandum calling for the rejection of the bill aimed at institutionalization of same-sex through the back door. The Chamber of Deputies will vote on a proposal, which in April had already dismissed the Senate.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, Casey Mattox, explained why the ban hasn’t been to court.
One News Now: “… Basically [we are seeking] the right to put up our pro-life display in a bus advertising setting because many other groups have been allowed to put up various advertisements supporting their groups,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jonathan Scruggs tells OneNewsNow.
The Global Dispatch: “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all people, regardless of their political or religious beliefs,” said Scruggs. “City officials cannot censor speech simply because it does not agree with it. Government has a responsibility to ensure that all organizations benefit from community advertising, and that includes Women’s Health Link.”
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Erik Stanley asserts the government’s action violates the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUPA).
WIBW (AP): Gardner disclosed in documents to the Senate that she taught and studied at seminars organized by the conservative law group Alliance Defending Freedom. She is also a member of the Christian Legal Society.
First Things: I am grateful that there are attorneys at places like the Alliance Defending Freedom who are willing to forego more lucrative legal careers in order to defend brave people like Baronelle Stutzman.
One News Now: Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom, seeking documents about a lawsuit settled between the IRS and an atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
Life Site News: ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb told LifeSiteNews that “the IRS has put us off, month after month, and finally, in April, we said, ‘Enough is enough. You have intentionally ignored all of your statutorily mandated deadlines,’ so we filed a lawsuit against the IRS.”
GoFundMe bans anyone accused of ‘discriminatory acts’ from fundraising…like this elderly Christian florist
Life Site News: Greg Scott of Alliance Defending Freedom commented, “GoFundMe has facilitated fundraising for inane things like sending a man to a stranger’s bachelor party, but have now cut off families who face financial ruin and who’ve had their fundamental freedoms obliterated by unjust government action. If there is a better example of a company and culture with its priorities and loyalties completely upside down, I can’t think of it.”
Baptist News: Joining the ELRC in the coalition were Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, March for Life, Concerned Women for America and the Susan B. Anthony List. In February the ERLC joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing both RHNDA and a new human rights amendment.
CNS News: Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom – one of the eight groups that issued a statement Wednesday vowing to fight the law – called it “unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
BuzzFeed: The Alliance Defending Freedom suggested in a letter that the policy would invite legal action. “Forcing students into vulnerable interactions with opposite-sex students in secluded restrooms and locker rooms would violate [a] basic right,” the group added. “These scenarios create privacy and safety concerns that should be obvious.”
The Global Dispatch: “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
The Global Dispatch: “Pro-life organizations in our nation’s capital should not be forced to pay for abortions or hire those who oppose their pro-life beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): The House of Representatives passed a resolution last week that would have blocked a Washington, D.C., measure some say violates religious freedom. But with President Barack Obama’s promised veto of the resolution, pro-life organizations are preparing to continue fighting the law.
The Christian Post: “Pro-life organizations in our nation’s capital should not be forced to pay for abortions or hire those who oppose their pro-life beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “While the D.C. Council has retreated from this law’s original goal, which was to force pro-life organizations to pay for abortions in violation of their conscience, RHNDA remains an unnecessary and illegal attack on pro-life conscience that Congress must stop and that we will fight, if necessary, in the courts.”
Barbwire: “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
Christian Times: “This bill is meant to respond to a tragedy,” Mike Norton, a lawyer for the Christian lobbying group Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement on Monday, as reported by The Colorado Independent.
Baptist Press: The measure, ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said, constitutes “an unnecessary and illegal attack on pro-life conscience” his organization will fight in court if needed.
This Week News: “(Tree of Life) believes this site serves their purposes very well,” said Stanley, who works for Kansas-based Alliance Defending Freedom. “They continue to believe there was a series of miraculous circumstances that allowed them to purchase this building.
Newsmax: Proof of this can be found in the latest unlawful cover-up that resulted in Judicial Watch filing an important Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Obama IRS on behalf of the Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF).
RH Reality Check: During an interview with Fox News, Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the right-wing group Alliance Defending Freedom, who spoke during a hearing for the bill, called DMHC’s decision “nonsense.” He said requiring abortion coverage in insurance plans constituted a “bureaucratic sneak attack on religious liberty from California.”
Charisma News: Kristen Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, condemned the move.
Biz Pac Review: “We’re looking at legal options that she might have. There have been other campaigns on GoFundMe that haven’t been shut down. To me, this may be discrimination based on religion,” Kristen Waggoner, the Alliance Defending Freedom attorney told the Times.
Life News: In a recent article in Red State, Casey Mattox, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom said, “I testified at an April 28 hearing in support of the bill along with Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, one of the churches forced to cover abortions by this illegal mandate. I hoped to finally hear some explanation of how the California law did not violate the Weldon Amendment. Instead, the Democratic majority’s analysis of the bill didn’t even mention the federal law with which the bill was meant to bring California into compliance. A representative from Planned Parenthood of California and a constitutional law professor from Santa Clara University testified in opposition to AB1254, but neither offered any explanation as to how the California mandate they supported did not violate federal law.”
Rome Reports (Translated via Google): “He asked permission to his family doctor, whom he knew for 20 years. The doctor told him that his request came too soon. It also asked a psychiatrist who dismissed his petition.” -Roger Kiska, ADF International
Evangelicai.net (Translated via Google): The mayor’s decision was met with satisfaction from Alliance Defending Freedom, US organization of Christian lawyers, also in New York, who for many years he has been committed to the protection of religious freedom.
The Patriot Post: “GoFundMe has the freedom to make their own policies and do business with whom they choose,” Greg Scott, a spokesman for Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Daily Signal. “That’s what makes it so ironic and hypocritical that GoFundMe has done the bidding of a movement that wages war against this same freedom.”
CBN News: Kristen Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, condemned the move.
Life News: “Despite the enactment of this unjust law, we will continue to hire employees who share our commitment to the dignity of every member of the human family,” reads the statement released by Alliance Defending Freedom, the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Americans United for Life and Americans United for Life Action, March for Life, Concerned Women for America, the Susan B. Anthony List, the Family Research Council and the Assoc. of Christian Schools International.
Denny Burk: For that reason, I want to highlight an important resource created by The Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal group that defends religious liberty claims across the country. It’s a 44-page booklet titled Protecting Your Ministry from Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits. It’s a legal guide explaining how churches, Christian schools, and Christian ministries can get ready for the inevitable challenges to come. This booklet is very practical and provides a checklist that leaders should work through based on the kind of organization they serve.
The Guardian: The Hitching Post’s owners filed suit and are represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that has been involved with many recent religious freedom cases and opposed Idaho’s Add the Words bill. “We’re receiving more calls and litigating more than ever before,” said Greg Scott, an ADF spokesman. Scott said ADF believes that there “is never a bad time to provide more religious freedom”. The group pushes for more of those freedoms by representing people like the Hitching Post owners and working with legislators pushing religious freedom bills.
The Daily Signal: “GoFundMe has the freedom to make their own policies and do business with whom they choose. That’s what makes it so ironic and hypocritical that GoFundMe has done the bidding of a movement that wages war against this same freedom,” Greg Scott, a spokesman for Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal organization that assists in cases like the Kleins, told The Daily Signal.
Judicial Watch files FOIA lawsuit on behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom on IRS investigations into churches and religious groups
Standard Newswire: Judicial Watch announced it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to obtain the release of documents regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) recent decision, following a lawsuit by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, to reevaluate criteria for determining whether churches and other nonprofit organizations can claim tax-exempt status.
Canada Free Press: Judicial Watch announced it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to obtain the release of documents regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) recent decision, following a lawsuit by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, to reevaluate criteria for determining whether churches and other nonprofit organizations can claim tax-exempt status.
News Max: Judicial Watch contends that the lawsuit was necessary because the IRS failed to comply with a July 2014 Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). In its request, the alliance sought documents related to “existing, proposed, new, or adopted procedures for church tax inquiries or examinations, changes to Treasury regulations as well as all documents related to new IRS policies or procedures.”
McClatchy DC: “It is an honor for Judicial Watch to represent Alliance Defending Freedom, which is so effective as a protector of the First Amendment, which recognizes the truth of God-given rights of Americans to both freely exercise their religion and participate in politics,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement announcing the suit. “The IRS is using a lot of energy to cover-up details of its illicit targeting of churches.”
Christian News Network: She told Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which provided a report on Groll’s story on Friday, that she witnessed the outreach making an impact on the lives that it touched.
Christian News Network: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Casey Mattox testified in favor of the legislation before the Assembly’s Committee on Health on Tuesday.
Christian News Network: “The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 prevents religious institutions, other faith-based employers, and pro-life advocacy organizations from making employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs or their moral and ethical views about the sanctity of human life,” the ADF letter stated.
The Washington Times: Greg Scott, vice president of media communications for Alliance Defending Freedom, said he first contacted the company Saturday about the rioters’ crowdfunding campaign. His Twitter posts decrying the campaign were picked up by conservative radio talk-show host Dana Loesch and Gateway Pundit blogger Jim Hoft.
The Global Dispatch: “It’s really quite startling, the approach that GoFundMe has taken, because it’s clear that it’s not enough to have the government just redefine marriage or punish those who disagree, but they’re really trying to ruin every aspect of the lives of those who disagree,” Kristen Waggoner, the Alliance Defending Freedom attorney said.
GoFundMe shuts down crowdfunding pages for sued Christian florist Arlene’s flowers and Sweet Cakes by Melissa
Christian Today: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner, who represents Stutzman, called the actions of GoFundMe deplorable.
Oregon Live: “We’re looking at legal options that she might have,” said Waggoner, of the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom. “There have been other campaigns on GoFundMe that haven’t been shut down. To me, this may be discrimination based on religion.”
BR Now:Kelly Fiedorek, attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, spoke to the necessity of the state law. “You have absolute freedom of press, but unfortunately the U.S. supreme Court in 1990 substantially weakened the protection that courts give to religious freedom,” she said.
WND: A letter to Rhodes has been signed by Edwin Meese of the Conservative Action Project; Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List; J. Kenneth Blackwell, formerly of the U.N. Human Rights Commission; Lt. Gen. William Boykin of Family Research Council; Tim Wildmon of American Family Association; David Bossie of Citizens United; Douglas Napier of Alliance Defending Freedom; Herman Cain of The New Voice; and Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America.
The Patriot Post: Kristen Waggoner, Barronelle’s attorney from Alliance Defending Freedom, understands all too well where this is headed. Her client’s page was taken down despite the fact that Stutzman hasn’t been charged with a crime. “There have been other campaigns on GoFundMe that haven’t been shut down. To me, this may be discrimination based on religion.” Discrimination in the name of non-discrimination. Where have we heard that before?
GoFundMe bans fundraising for religious business owners charged by state for refusing to cater a gay wedding
HotAir: Kristen Waggoner, the Alliance Defending Freedom attorney representing Arlene’s Flowers, said in an interview Tuesday that GoFundMe’s decision to drop the page, even though Ms. Stutzman has not been charged with a crime, raises questions as to whether GoFundMe is discriminating on the basis of religion.
Catholic News Agency: As our brief turn came we shared the work of our global legal ministry, Alliance Defending Freedom, Pope Francis presented an almost laser-like focus, asked a thoughtful question, giving generously of his very limited time to really hear and understand what we were saying, and offering his encouragement and blessing.
Christianity Daily: Kristen Waggoner, from Alliance Defending Freedom, is representing Stutzman. Waggoner tells The Daily Signal that Stutzman may be forced to pay about seven figures worth of penalties. This amount would force Stutzman to lose her life savings along with her business.
The Washington Times: Kristen Waggoner, the Alliance Defending Freedom attorney representing Arlene’s Flowers, said in an interview Tuesday that GoFundMe’s decision to drop the page, even though Ms. Stutzman has not been charged with a crime, raises questions as to whether GoFundMe is discriminating on the basis of religion.