Religious Expression in Public Flares During Christmas Season | Sunshine State News

    Lisa Beth Folch at Sunshine State News: Those who oppose the religious side of Christmas say it violates separation of church and state. This is one of the many fallacies put to rest by Alliance Defending Freedom, which has stepped in to clarify many misconceptions about the constitutionality of celebrating Christmas in a public arena. Roughly 13,000 letters were sent to school districts all over the nation, including in Florida, explaining the Constitution and debunking typical myths. For example, they said OK to sing traditional Christmas carols and say, “Merry Christmas,” even at school . . . Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told Sunshine State News, “In the past few weeks, Alliance Defending Freedom sent letters to three schools that had banned religious Christmas carols from their music programs. Each school quickly reversed its decision. As these three victories demonstrate, we often find that once schools are educated about the law in this area they are more than willing to stand up against the fear and misinformation spread by groups like the ACLU.” [more]

  • Posted: 12/03/2013
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Kansas School Bans Fliers with Bible Verses | Caffeinated Thoughts

Legal-Courts Religious carols reinstated for charter school concert | One News Now

Christmas is constitutional | The Argus Observer

South Carolina School Lifts Ban on Religious Christmas Carols | Caffeinated Thoughts

Christmas Toy Drive for Schools Is Constitutional, Lawyer Contends | NC Register

South Carolina School Bans Christmas Carols From Concert After Receiving Legal Threat From Secularist Organization | Christian Post

Christmas toy drive for schools is constitutional, lawyer says | CNA on Patheos

School leader privately admits ‘indefensible’ breach of church and state |

Christmas music returns to New Jersey school | One News Now

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

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

Separation of Church and Choir for Gilroy High School | KION 46 (CBS)

ADF applauds Wisconsin school district that ran from ‘Silent Night,’ reversed course | One News Now

Scottsdale group wants US Supreme Court to rule on Gilbert sign restrictions | Phoenix Business Journal

Ariz. town’s law on church signs comes under fire | USA Today

The Deafening Sound of Silence | Jeremy Tedesco at Speak Up Movement

Prayer at Football Games Warning Issued by ACLU to Tenn. Schools | Christian Post

Students gather at flagpoles for prayer

    Baptist Press: The Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal ministry that “advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith”, has made available a memo explaining students’ First Amendment rights to participate in the event. “Christian students should not be prevented from peacefully expressing their beliefs outside of class time. They don’t abandon their constitutional freedoms at the schoolhouse gate,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a release announcing the memo’s availability. “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of the students’ religious or political beliefs.” . . . he First Amendment protects students’ freedom to engage in the event’s prayer and worship, ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp said in the release. “Public school officials who say otherwise are misinformed,” he said. “We hope our legal memo clarifies the freedom of students to hold and participate in this event.” To view the ADF memo, visit:

  • Posted: 09/27/2013
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Christians aren’t exempt from campus speech protections | World Magazine

Atheists fail to beat 1-woman prayer vigil | WND

Atheists Exempt From Reciting Pledge of Allegiance Still Seek to Stop it at Schools | Christian Post

Atheists Not Required to Recite Pledge Seek to Stop It Anyway | Charisma News

Atheists not required to recite Pledge seek to stop it anyway | Alliance Defending Freedom

Christian Legal Group Fights ACLU’s Attempt to End Student Prayer at Public School Football Games

Religious literature distribution stands on court rulings | One News Now

ACLU Trying to Ban Gideons From Kentucky Schools | The New American

Religious literature distribution stands on court rulings | One News Now

ADF: Michigan school district caved to ACLU | One News Now

ACLU threatens schools over Gideon Bibles | N. Colo. Gazette

Public Schools Impacted by Supreme Court Marriage Decisions | Christian Post

Louisiana State University Backs Down After Limiting Pro-Life Free Speech | Life News

Graduations and free speech | One News Now

Hillsborough Easter egg suit could change policy on religious speech | Tampa Bay Times

California Poised to Strip Boy Scouts of Tax-Exempt Status

In Gilbert, Arizona, Churches Ride On The Back Of The Free Speech Bus | Jeremy Tedesco at Speak Up Movement

Correcting false claim re: what’s constitutional for public schools

Wrestling ref’s penalty for prayer a 1st Amendment violation, says legal group | One News Now

9th Circuit upholds Gilbert sign ordinance in feud with church

The Julea Ward Settlement: A Win for Religious Liberty | Jeremy Tedesco at Townhall

Christmas lighting ceremony in Prescott under attack

A resounding, and lasting, victory for religious liberty on college campuses | Jeremy Tedesco at Speak Up Movement

Student expelled over beliefs wins settlement | Baptist Press

University Pays Up For Expelling Christian: Female student booted for not promoting homosexuality | WND

    WorldNetDaily: ADF said even though counseling referrals are a common and accepted professional practice, the university instead chose to expel Ward “when she sought to avoid violating her religious beliefs by referring a potential client to another counselor.” Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco, who argued before the court in October of last year, said public universities “shouldn’t force students to violate their religious beliefs to get a degree.” “The 6th Circuit rightly understood this and ruled appropriately, so the university has done the right thing in settling this case,” he said. “When Julea sought to refer a potential client to another qualified counselor – a common, professional practice that is endorsed by her profession’s code of ethics – EMU denied the referral. Then it attacked and questioned her religious beliefs, ultimately expelling her from the program. We are pleased that Julea and her constitutionally protected rights have been vindicated.”

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“EMU resolves case of Julea Ward, former student kicked out of program for declining to counsel gay client” |

“ADF: Transgender Issue Putting Youngsters At Risk” | One News Now

Self-Appointed Bully Police Resort To Name-Calling In Critiquing Alliance Defending Freedom’s Policy Yardstick | Jeremy Tedesco

Christian organizations’ ‘Yardstick’ evaluates anti-bullying policies for pro-LGBT bias

Christian organizations’ ‘Yardstick’ evaluates anti-bullying policies for pro-LGBT bias

“Christian Groups Measure Gay Factor at Schools With ‘Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick’”

Easter Egg Hunts and Religious Freedom

Think Progress: “Hate Groups Still Preach That Students Can Be ‘Indoctrinated Into Homosexual Behavior’”

GLSEN kicked out of elementary school classrooms

Parental rights challenged in Utah

ACLU threatens Utah parents’ right to protect children from same-sex propaganda

“‘You Don’t Have to Counsel the Sinful’ Bill Advances in Michigan”

House passes bill named for student kicked out of EMU program for refusing to counsel “gay” client

Settlement: Mo. Students Can Post Pro-Life Displays in School

Lawsuit Prompts Missouri School to Allow Pro-Life Posters | LifeNews

Settlement reached in Missouri lawsuit about anti-abortion posters | AP

Settlement in Mo. suit over anti-abortion posters