Here’s why the atheists’ lawsuit against our national motto should be thrown out | Charisma News

ADF: Atheists’ lawsuit against national motto should be thrown out

VA will not respond to caroling demand | Augusta Chronicle

Veteran’s Affairs committee wants review of policy on VA’s anti-Christmas acts | Augusta Chronicle

100+ parents protest as Arizona school chooses from three pro-abortion sex ed courses

Common Core May Endanger Religious Freedom of Catholic Schools | Cardinal Newman Society

Christmas Carols and cards prohibited for U.S. military veterans! | Medium-Presse-Info

Sexual education causing controversy in Tempe | ABC 15 (video)

VA hospitals nix Christmas to ‘protect’ veterans | World Magazine

12 songs approved by Uncle Sam: VA blasted for censoring Christmas music | One News Now

Legal group demands Augusta VA welcome all caroling | Augusta Chronicle

Group demands religious carols be allowed at Augusta VA hospital | Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atheist threats to Christian program unconstitutional | One News Now

Secularists Still Trying To Bully Christmas From The Public Square | Alan Sears at Alliance Defending Freedom

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

Carols not an issue in schools | Madison County Journal

Religious carols reinstated for charter school concert | One News Now

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 | 9News.com

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: http://www.adfmedia.org/files/SYATPLetter.pdf


  • 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