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NCPA Policy Digest: There are strong financial disincentives for couples to be married in the status quo. Rather than promoting the institution of marriage, the federal tax code imposes heavy burdens on married couples that encourage couples to choose cohabitation as an alternative, say Jason J. Fichtner, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, and Jacob Feldman, a research analyst at George Mason University.
Examinder.com: In a press release from Alliance Defending Freedom, Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman stated, “Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish. To say that a Bible publisher is not religious is patently absurd. Tyndale House is a prime example of how ridiculous and arbitrary the Obama administration’s mandate is. Americans today clearly agree with America’s founders: the federal government’s bureaucrats are not qualified to decide what faith is, who the faithful are, and where and how that faith may be lived out.”
Alana S. Newman at Public Discourse: Young women now have to defend themselves not only from stereotypical sexual predators, but also from older women and gay men who seek their egg
Blog of the Legal Times: The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of William Baer to lead the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division on a 12-5 vote.
One News Now: Attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom tells OneNewsNow the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals paid close attention to arguments concerning the ordinance. “I think the court had a lot of good questions,” he says. “The judges disagreed with each other about some of the questions but they all had read the issues, and I think they were really confronted with the fact that to uphold this law you would have to allow the government to force people to say things because the government disagrees with them politically.”
NY Daily News: A new initiative in India could jail families who force women to abort a female fetus. Current laws prohibit sex selection, but they are widely ignored.
Lisa Shaw Roy, The Evangelical Footprint, 2011 Michigan State Law Review 1235-1291.
Funding for evangelical advocacy received a boost with the formation of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) in 1994. Prominent movement leaders, such as James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ, formed ADF to fund litigation and to coordinate the efforts of Christian litigation firms.
ADF has been responsible for providing funding in several high profile cases, including Rosenberger, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. ADF also sponsors litigation firms with overlapping interests, such as the Christian Law Association, Pacific Justice Institute, the Home School Legal Defense Fund, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, to name a few. While ADF began solely as an umbrella organization to provide funds to individual lawyers and law firms, ADF now also takes its own cases.
Though its success as a funding organization seems apparent given, for example, the number of Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs that disclose ADF support, some opine that its success in coordinating evangelical litigation efforts has been mixed.
Gallup: A majority of Americans (54%) continue to believe the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses, although that is down from the record high of 61% earlier this summer. About four in 10 Americans (39%) say the government should do more to solve the nation’s problems.
Seattle Times: Speaking this morning on a panel of local leaders who oppose same-sex marriage atthe state level, Joseph Backholm, the director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington and the chair of the anti-R74 group, Preserve Marriage Washington, made it clear to the cultural conservatives that they have ideological allies far away from more “red” states.
Reuters: Crude oil should be at least $150 per barrel, Iran’s oil minister was quoted as saying on Sunday, and the sanctions-hit country’s OPEC governor said current oil prices were not high enough to threaten the world economy.
Rasmussen: Voters overwhelmingly rate protecting freedom of speech as more important than not offending other nations and cultures despite claims that the latest outbreak of anti-American violence in the Middle East is due to an amateur YouTube video that mocks Islam.
The Guardian: With Catalan secessionism on the march, as well as debates about Scottish independence and a looming referendum, the question of EU membership for possible new states has become politically charged. By declaring that any state seceding from a member state would not automatically become a European Union member, EU commission president José Manuel Barroso has dealt a serious blow to a key part of the SNP’s plans for a “soft” form of Scottish independence.
Reuters: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on all Muslims to back the rebels in Syria, saying the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad would bring them closer to the ultimate goal of defeating Israel, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Thursday.
ABC: Somalia?s new president survived an assassination attempt on his second day in office when two suicide bombers blew themselves up Wednesday while trying to gain access into a heavily guarded hotel that is his temporary residence, officials and witnesses said.
Freedom from Religion Foundation: FFRF has hired counsel and has parent plaintiffs in both school districts. Marcus B. Schneider of Pittsburgh wrote both districts on Aug. 29 on behalf of FFRF, noting that these Ten Commandment monuments “will not withstand judicial …
Religion Clause Blog: In Daniels v. City of North Charleston, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126314 (D SC, Sept. 6, 2012), a South Carolina federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendations (2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126767,Aug. 9, 2012) and permitted plaintiff (an adherent of the East African Hebrew religion) to move ahead with several of his claims growing out of the refusal of Municipal Court constables to allow him to enter the court room wearing religious headdress . T
The Hill: Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I), a former Republican, believes the Democratic party’s embrace of same-sex marriage will boost Democrats in swing states.
WRCBTV.com (includes video): Commission Chairman Larry Henry and County Attorney Rheubin Taylor have referred all questions to the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Arizona-based Christian legal group who authored its new prayer policy. The ADF also is lead defense counsel and is paying the Commission’s costs of defending its prayer policies.
The Daily Union: An advocacy group has raised questions about the tax-exempt house in Wichita where a Republican candidate for the state Senate lives.
AP: Jim Campbell of the Alliance Defending Freedom says an employee acting without the owners’ OK said Katherine Baker and Ming Linsley couldn’t hold their event at the Lyndonville facility.
The Hill: Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believes the IRS is illegally implementing one of the law’s crucial features — subsidies to help low-income people buy insurance.
AP: Republican Congressman Todd Akin says he has taken in more than $100,000 from an online fundraising drive that he calls a message to “party bosses” about his commitment to the Missouri Senate race.
Catholic Culture: Communist officials compelled Catholics in a south-central Vietnamese village to remove the altar, tabernacle, cross, and Marian image from a Catholic chapel.
Human Events: Rep. Connie Mack was the big winner over former Rep. (1994-2008) Dave Weldon in the Republican Senate primary. The namesake-son of the beloved former senator (1988-2000), young Mack is now sure to be locked in a close race this fall against two-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
Alan Sears at The Alliance Defending Freedom Blog: In a day when elected officials and activist judges in many states across America are maneuvering to undermine the traditional and legal meaning of marriage, the clear thinking of a federal court in Hawaii is as refreshing as an island breeze.
Baptist Press: The Hawaii Family Forum, a Christian educational organization, had intervened in the case to defend Hawaii’s marriage statutes, and its attorney, Jim Hochberg, said he was pleased Kay “agreed with every argument,” except one, “made on behalf of” the forum . . . Because of Hawaii Family Forum’s history in publically defending traditional marriage, Kay “allowed HFF to intervene and defend the marriage statute,” Hochberg said. To get the forum intervenor status, Hochberg sought help from the Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian-based organization that provides legal defense against attacks on religious freedom, to get the forum.
Cape Gazette: Councilman Vance Phillips, R-Laurel, who has been among the staunchest supporters of opening meetings with The Lord’s Prayer, told Betts council members have been placed in a precarious position. He said if council fails to abide by the court injunction and recites The Lord’s Prayer anyway, council members could be arrested or the county could be fined. “People tell me we should be willing to go to jail for this,” he said. “But what if the fine is $10,000 a day? What would you have us do?” he asked. He didn’t get an answer. The county’s lead attorney, Everett Moore, cut in before Betts could respond, reminding Phillips that the issue was not an agenda item and could not be discussed.
France24.com: A tradition will be revived in France next week when a “Prayer for France” will be read out at Catholic churches across the country. The text, which attacks the government’s plan to legalise same-sex marriage, has angered France’s gay rights groups.
CNA: Matt Bowman, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, objected to the president’s contention that offering exemptions to the mandatory coverage allows employers to control women. “The only ‘controlling’ actions in this case involve the president’s command that families abandon their faith just because they want to earn a living or serve their community,” Bowman told CNA Aug. 8. “The government is picking and choosing what faith is and who can live it out, and then targeting religious people with massive penalties while bureaucrats exempt millions of other people for political reasons.”
LifeNews: With rally attendance and financial support down across the country because it has resumed funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, the Komen for the Cure group saw its president resign and it’s founder taking over.
LifeNews: Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis denied a motion on Friday asking him to dismiss a state challenge to an abortion clinic licensing law that has been brought by two Kansas abortionists.
One News Now: “Every American should be free to live and do business according to their faith,” says Matt Sharp, litigation counsel for ADF. “The First Amendment protects Chick-fil-A’s right and its president’s right to express their opinions on marriage and other political and social issues. Any retaliation against Chick-fil-A based on its speech is a violation of federal law.”
Christian Concern: However, an attorney from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), David Cortman, said that a restaurant cannot be blocked from opening because of the owner’s beliefs. “It absolutely is not constitutional,” Cortman told the Baptist Press. “And I think the irony here is that they are claiming this is an issue of freedom and civil rights, but they’re actually the ones who would be violating the civil rights of Chick-fil-A not to allow them to open up their business simply because of their views.” Cortman said that the issue effected any business or organisation in America whose owners held views different from that of the government.
LifeNews: Attorneys for a chain of three Michigan late-term abortion clinics are claiming their client cannot afford to pay $350,000 in attorney fees to lawyers who successfully defended Gregg Cunningham and the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform in Northland’s frivolous lawsuit against them.
Michele Bachmann at the Star Tribune: Whatever the reasons for it, Washington’s political and media establishment fears an honest discussion about the real threat to this country posed by radical Islam. They are reluctant to initiate an honest assessment as to whether the Obama administration has subordinated national security to political correctness.
On ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,’ supporters crowd the fast food chain’s locations to support marriage
NY Daily News: On Facebook, more than 618,000 people said they were taking part in the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” organized by former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Investor’s Business Daily: Since Hercules Industries would be required to begin offering the new coverage when its self-insured plan renews on Nov. 1, Alliance Defending Freedom, the group representing Hercules, has requested a preliminary injunction that could prevent the government from enforcing the mandate against the company by Aug. 1, the date when the company would need to begin the process of making changes to its plan.
Ruth Institute Blog: The law firm, Alliance Defending Freedom, represent the Newland family, who were the victors in today’s court ruling. Twenty lawsuits against the HHS mandate remain, and we will continue to keep you up-to-date on their progress!
AP on MySanAntonio: Coleman is alleging the incident was a violation of Fourth Amendment rights that guard against unreasonable seizure. He was tossed out after another man had spoken during the period and questioned the commission’s decision to accept free legal representation from the Alliance Defense Fund in the lawsuit. The fund is a Washington-based legal alliance of Christian attorneys.
CBN (includes video): The Denver company is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund)
LifeSiteNews: Planned Parenthood’s legal fight to overturn a South Dakota law that requires doctors to inform women about the risks of undergoing an abortion has cost the state’s taxpayers $377,735, according to Attorney General Marty Jackley.
NCPA Policy Digest: Eight state governors have said that they will take advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing them to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) dramatic expansion of Medicaid. Their actions have been dismissed by liberal columnists as mere partisan posturing, but further analysis reveals that opting out may be the fiscally responsible choice for a number of states, says Avik Roy, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute.
The Examiner: “Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith. For the time being, Hercules Industries will be able to do just that,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman after the decision. Bowman added, “The cost of freedom for this family could be millions of dollars per year in fines that will cripple their business if the Obama administration ultimately has its way. This lawsuit seeks to ensure that Washington bureaucrats cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living. Americans don’t want politicians and bureaucrats deciding what faith is, who the faithful are, and where and how that faith may be lived out.” The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, also a pro-life legal group involved in the case, says the decision could spell the eventual overturning of the mandate itself.
One News Now: Matt Bowman is an attorney with ADF. He says this is the very first ruling on whether Obamacare can violate religious freedom.
One News Now: The lawsuit was filed by a family-owned business, Hercules Industries (see earlier story). Alliance Defense Fund (now known as Alliance Defending Freedom) argued the mandate violates the family’s religious beliefs.
LifeNews: President Barack Obama has responded to the recent death of a young black woman from a botched legal abortion at a Chicago, Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic. Although not directly responding, Obama’s reaction on the campaign trail is for more taxpayer funding for the abortion business.
Townhall: The featured speaker will be Jeff Johnson, former member of Alliance Defense Fund. He is on leave from an Arizona law firm to work with a public interest forum.
LifeNews: The death of a young woman at a Chicago Planned Parenthood facility following a failed abortion has garnered nationwide news and attention. However, on the same day last Friday, the abortion business also injured another woman in a botched abortion.
LifeNews: A federal judge has dismissed another lawsuit filed against the Obama HHS mandate that forces religious groups to pay for or refer women for abortion-causing drugs and birth control. This comes after another federal judge tossed another lawsuit earlier this week.
AP: Opponents of Arizona’s hardline immigration enforcement law launched a new effort Tuesday aimed at thwarting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow police to enforce the so-called “show me your papers” provision.
Christian Today: The Alliance Defense Fund, one of the largest legal organizations in the United States championing Christian rights, has changed its name and logo officially to the Alliance Defending Freedom as of Monday, July 9.
Paul Coleman serves as legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom at its office in Vienna, Austria, where he specializes in international litigation with a focus on European law. Coleman earned his Bachelor of Laws from Newcastle University and also holds an LL.M. from the University of Northumbria. He is a graduate of the 2009 class of the Alliance Defending Freedom Blackstone Legal Fellowship leadership training program. Prior to joining Alliance Defending Freedom, Coleman trained for two years at Camerons Solicitors LLP, London, and acted as a legal advisor to Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre. Coleman is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He is also a member of Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship in the United Kingdom and the Ecclesiastical Law Society. He is a regularly featured speaker on religious liberty issues throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
Bryan Beauman serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. Based in Paris, Kentucky, he focuses on coordinating allied attorney efforts throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia to defend and preserve religious liberty, life, marriage, and the family. Beauman earned his J.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1997 and is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. He is also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Bourbon County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association, previously serving as president of its Kentucky Chapter.
Bradley Abramson serves as senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he focuses his litigation efforts on religious liberty matters. He is admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, as well as the state of Colorado. Abramson earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and has been practicing law since 1983.
The Gazette: Cloke said in a statement the lawsuit “follows a pattern of harassment against women’s health care and Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country. The extreme organization that former employee Sue Thayer has partnered with has a mission to take down Planned Parenthood. Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly Alliance Defense Fund, uses politics as a form of destruction, targeting Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country with false claims and misinformation.”
The Advocate: The brief was filed by a conservative medical group at the urging of the Alliance Defending Freedom, an influential religious right legal organization. It illustrates the right’s strategy of using the new research — which was funded by two conservative organizations — in legal battles to preserve bans on gay marriage. [more]
LifeNews: A book about sex by J. Budziszewski uses natural law arguments to persuade young adults of the moral benefits of purity . . . But what about those who think that morality requires a bit more of us? How can they persuade young people that reserving sexual intimacy for marriage is the right thing to do? In his book On the Meaning of Sex, popular author and political philosopher J. Budziszewski attempts to make such an argument on the basis of human nature and natural law. He begins with an anecdote from teaching.
AP: Attorney General Eric Holder is charging that he’s become a “proxy” for Republican attacks against President Barack Obama in an election year.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: As the EU Observer reports today, the European gay rights lobby and its allies are deeply worried about the fact that the opponents of their radical agenda appear to win increasing donor support and media attention.a
LifeSiteNews: Save the Children (SCF) has issued a report claiming, “Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide.”
Health care decision: Religious reaction swift; Catholic groups’ lawsuits will continue | Washington Post
Washington Post: Alliance Defense Fund, an evangelical-founded legal advocacy group, called the court’s decision “alarming and deeply wrong.”
LoanSafe.org: “The laws are well established in this area,” said ADF legal counsel David Hacker. “When a university or government opens up a forum for speech, it has to provide essentially equal access. You can’t exclude a speaker because of their viewpoint . . . ”
The Independent: Protestant and Catholics from a Northern Ireland town devastated by an IRA bombing showed their unity today by joining forces to host a Diamond Jubilee visit by the Queen.
Christian Institute: Over eight million of the Conservative Party’s core supporters are unlikely to back issues such as same-sex marriage marriage, it has been claimed.
National Law J. on Law.com: Slightly more than half of the class of 2011 — 55 percent — found full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage nine months after they graduated, according to employment figures released on June 18 by the American Bar Association.
Weekly Standard (includes video): Congressman Mike McIntyre, a Democratic representative of North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, is now refusing to endorse President Obama.
Daily Mail: Starving Greeks queued around the block for free food handouts yesterday as the country’s politicians managed to end a crippling stalemate to form a coalition government.