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Alliance Defending Freedom: Disgraced Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez recently made headlines with a hand-written apology addressed “(to) the (f)ans” over his drug violation suspension. Predictable debate followed the apology; some thought it sincere, while others suspected he was hoping for kinder fan treatment – especially if he failed to live up to his very sizeable contract. Whatever the case, A-Rod took “full responsibility” for his suspension from baseball for substance abuse, and hoped the apology would allow him to get on with playing baseball.
Life Site News: People are probably inclined to think more warmly of churches amid the cold winds of Christmas than at any other time of the year, but, sad to say, even the spirit of the season isn’t enough to dissuade some from all out legal assaults on houses of worship.
Alliance Defending Freedom: People are probably inclined to think more warmly of churches amid the cold winds of Christmas than at any other time of the year, but, sad to say, even the spirit of the season isn’t enough to dissuade some from all out legal assaults on houses of worship.
Billings Gazette: Joseph P. Infranco, senior counsel with the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian advocacy group, will speak Friday in Billings on how religious freedom can be impeded by the city’s proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.
Charisma News: Both ADF and FCDF offer support to anyone who loses their job for supporting Prop 8.
The Christian Post: Both ADF and FCDF offer legal aid to anyone who has lost their job due to Prop 8 support.
Via Speak Up Movement: Church use of government facilities is only part of the problem of fair and equal treatment for houses of worship. We litigated and continue to litigate many instances of unfair and discriminatory treatment based upon faith …
Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Daniel P. Dalton will be available for media interviews immediately following a hearing before the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida Tuesday in a lawsuit involving a church twice denied a property permit because the city of Jacksonville Beach would prefer the building be used for something else.
Joe Infranco on NE Family Alliance Radio to discuss the Town of Greece legislative prayer case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. The audio aired in four segements from Nov. 12-15, 2013. | Installment 1 MP3 audio 2:29 mins (Nov. 12) | Installment 2 MP3 audio 2:29 mins (Nov. 13) | Installment 3 MP3 audio 2:29 mins (Nov. 14) | Installment 4 MP3 audio 2:29 mins (Nov. 15) | Alliance Defending Freedom information page
Joe Infranco at Alliance Defending Freedom: One of the underlying issues will be the claim that someone who hears a prayer in a public setting has participated in it. And if that person has been forced to pray merely by hearing a prayer, this amounts to improper government coercion. Analyzing the argument in this way is challenging (among other problems) because it involves someone’s subjective feelings . . . Here is another way to consider the question: If directly after the prayer, a citizen addressed the city council officials, would merely hearing them argue for a playground repair mean the hearers were forced to participate in that speech or agree with their viewpoint?
Founders’ view of prayer should prevail at Supreme Court | Alan Sears, Joe Infranco at Washington Post
Alan Sears, Joe Infranco at Washington Post: A more noble vision united the Founders and moved them in their life-and-death struggle. They looked for a diversity of opinions and beliefs and had the wisdom to know that accommodating religion and morality were, in Washington’s words, “indispensible supports” to democracy. In belief and practice, they rejected paltry personal complaints like “offense” and instead respected their differences. We may have a larger circle of beliefs today, but we would do well to follow their example.
Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute: Joe Infranco, writing at Alliance Defending Freedom, says of people who suffer from selective moral offense: “Should these people have a Constitutional right not to be offended? If so, why is it superior to my offense over a taxpayer-funded cross soaking in urine? (Apparently a cross may receive government money so long as fashionable artists are mocking it.) We have been sold a bill of goods that mere offense should be a special exception when religious expression is made in public.”
Joe Infranco at Alliance Defending Freedom: All of which raises an interesting question: Should these people have a Constitutional right not to be offended? If so, why is it superior to my offense over a taxpayer-funded cross soaking in urine? (Apparently a cross may receive government money so long as fashionable artists are mocking it.) We have been sold a bill of goods that mere offense should be a special exception when religious expression is made in public.
Newsmax (video embedded): The fight to revive Proposition 8 in California isn’t over yet, despite an eleventh-hour request to halt gay marriage being turned down, according to Joe Infranco, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. “We need a robust debate to continue because marriage, the union between a husband and wife, is a timeless and universal and unique arrangement,” Infranco told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
NPR on WAMU 88.5: Host Michel Martin speaks with professor of constitutional law, Margaret Russell, and Joe Infranco from Alliance Defending Freedom, about what the decisions mean. | Audio runs 11:37 mins
Speak Up Movements carries the video.
Newsmax (video from Steve Malzburg Show): The fight to revive Proposition 8 in California isn’t over yet, despite an eleventh-hour request to halt gay marriage being turned down, according to Joe Infranco, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom.
NewsMax (Joe Infranco on Video): There was no knock-out punch. There was no finding as a right to so-called same-sex marriage,” asserted Joe Infranco, senior counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, appearing on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.” “There was simply a finding that there was no standing, but when they invalidated — when they vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision — that leaves Proposition 8 with technically . . . no federal appellate court decision on record.”
AZ Central (includes video): Joe Infranco, senior attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale-based national Christian legal organization, read the opinion differently. “If you take the decision of the court on its face, it has no impact on Arizona,” he said. “The decision is limited to states where same-sex marriage is recognized.”
Let this N.Y. town pray in peace: The Supreme Court will decide whether invocations at the start of town meetings are Constitutional | Joe Infranco at NY Daily News
Joe Infranco at NY Daily News: “To pray or not to pray?” That is the question the Supreme Court will answer after agreeing to hear a case pitting the Town of Greece in western New York against two of its residents. Fortunately, America’s religious heritage has already answered this question affirmatively. On Sept. 7, 1774, in Philadelphia, the Rev. Jacob Duché delivered the first prayer of the Continental Congress, before representatives from 13 states. He concluded with a brief invocation to “the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.”
Joe Infranco at Townhall: Is Billy Graham getting political? That’s what some are wondering with the release of a statement from the man who is arguably the best known evangelist in the world: I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who support the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.
Joe Infranco at the Baptist Message Online: With the Olympics fresh in our minds, we see yet again the connection between commitment and performance. Thinking about that connection reminded me of a scene from the Academy Award winning movie Chariots of Fire. There is a scene where the British Olympic Committee attempts to pressure the Scottish runner Eric Liddell to run on the Sabbath during the 1924 Olympics.
Alliance Defending Freedom Blog: His explanation to his puzzled friend is that Liddell’s commitment as a runner is an extension of who he is and what he believes; the attempt to sever him from the source of his greatness was both foolish and morally wrong. That’s an important lesson many on the left fail to learn as they blithely cast aside religious liberty and rights of conscience for others
Hugh Hewitt and Joe Infranco at National Review: Hamlet, Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane, epitomized the man paralyzed by indecision, never sure how he should feel or act. With the decision to deny review in the case of California’s Mount Soledad Veterans’ Memorial, the U.S. Supreme Court’s long-awaited guidance on religious traditions feels like an extended version of that play.
One News Now: ADF attorney Erik Stanley weighs in on the issue. “Public monuments to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice should not be dismantled because a few offended activists want to scrub the public square clean of anything that hints of religion,” says Stanley . . . ADF attorney Joe Infranco says that complaint is getting old. “The idea that this 91-year-old memorial is unconstitutional is a tiresome claim from a radical group that has dreamed of a purely secularized society for years,” states Infranco.
Joe Infranco at the Speak Up Movement Blog: The scorecard for a culture in any particular generation is irrelevant; the Church has a role to play in society, and the facile assumption it should change its essential beliefs to conform to the times reveals an appalling lack of understanding of its role. The Church, for all its human failures and struggles, still bears the message of a greater transcendent truth. Light is never needed more than in the darkest of times.
Joe Infranco at the Baptist Press: It seems almost daily we’re reminded of the relentless attack on religious freedom. But we must keep in mind that there are small, but meaningful victories occurring along the way, as well. Recently, a positive trend has developed in case law under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. This positive trend recognizes and affirms important constitutionally protected freedoms for churches and para-church ministries, such as Christian schools or substance abuse programs.
Speak Up Movement Church: Recently, a positive trend has developed in case law under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. This positive trend recognizes and affirms important constitutionally protected freedoms for churches and para-church ministries, such as Christian schools or substance abuse programs. A group of recent, seemingly disparate cases illustrate this encouraging theme in the law.
In Forum: The topic will be Constitutional Measure 3, the Religious Liberty Restoration Amendment, and featured speakers will be Tom Freier of the North Dakota Family Alliance and Joe Infranco of the Alliance Defense Fund.
Alliance Defense Fund Senior Vice-President and Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco will join numerous other religious leaders Friday at the San Diego “Speak Up for Religious Freedom” rally. The rally will express opposition to the Obama administration mandate that forces religious organizations to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and other contraceptives through their insurance plans.
Hurt ‘feelings’ not enough for federal case: Mt. Soledad Memorial dispute based on ‘offended’ observer
DF senior counsel Joseph Infranco said public monuments “to honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation should not be torn apart based on the subjective ‘offense’ of a litigious few.” “Allowing that to happen places the future of these beloved memorials into the hands of activists whose sole concern is furthering a divisive, political agenda, no matter the cost,” he said. [more quotes and from the ADF brief]
ADF Attorney Joe Infranco at Townhall: So in effect, the compromise – should it be enacted – still requires religious non-profits to both foot the bill and violate their religious beliefs and teachings. The creeping mandates of government compelling religious organizations to do so should shock us all; the latest attempt at “compromise” is an empty well.
Joe Infranco and John Eastman on Ave Maria Radio with Al Kresta: Analyzing the 9th Circuit Prop. 8 ruling
World Net Daily: “Although we are disappointed that the Ninth Circuit denied requests to have the full court rehear this case, we are encouraged that five of the judges agree with us and believe the cross should stay,” said Kelly Shackelford, attorney for the memorial . . . Joseph Infranco, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, also praised the 23-page dissent.”The political agenda of secularist groups should not be allowed to uproot memorials that honor the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes and their families,” he said. [more]
Dakota Voice: But this unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression needs to come to an end, and the Alliance Defense Fund is working to make that happen with their Pulpit Initiative, and any pastor can join. (Links to ADF video on YouTube)
ADF attorneys Joe Infranco and Byron Babione at The American Spectator: The plain fact is that a memorial cross at this site does not “establish” a religion. The agenda of a few atheists should not diminish the sacrifice of the heroes and victims of 9/11. The place of this potent symbol of our shared tragedy and courage should remain for all time.
ADF attorneys Joe Infranco and Byron Babione at the NY Daily News: The lawsuit by American Atheists seeking to remove the World Trade Center cross from the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum badly distorts the meaning of the First Amendment, but it nonetheless provides an excellent opportunity for each of us to understand what the Constitution really prohibits as an “establishment” of religion.
ADF attorney Joe Infranco at The Speak Up Movement Church Blog: The cause of this kerfuffle is a girder resembling a cross, which will be included in the National 9/11 Memorial in New York. Yet, there is one highly unusual twist in this latest lawsuit in the campaign to expunge public symbols of our religious history: Human hands did not fashion the cross-shaped beams.
Joel Oster at the Speak Up Movement Church Blog: In Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, the Second Circuit issued an opinion that directly contradicts the last thirty years of Supreme Court precedent, takes away a vast amount of legal protection for religious speech, and I guarantee will make every Christian scratch his or her head, and mutter, “What in the world were they thinking?” Let me give you a little context . . .
OneNewsNow.com: “This is just one of numerous lawsuits throughout the country demonstrating that many municipalities don’t understand the law. Zoning schemes may not exclude churches or single them out from similar uses for disfavored treatment,” notes ADF attorney Joe Infranco. “The lawsuit had a great outcome, and we hope other cities and similar situations will take notice.
Charisma: “Churches should not be singled out for discrimination by a city’s zoning restrictions,” says John W. Mauck, lead counsel in the suit and an ADF alliance attorney. “The city of Mountain Home did the right thing by agreeing to this court order and letting this growing church meet on its leased property so it can exercise its constitutionally protected right to assemble—just like everyone else.” . . . “This case is just one of numerous lawsuits throughout the country demonstrating that many municipalities don’t understand the law. Zoning schemes may not exclude churches or single them out from similar uses for disfavored treatment,” ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco explains.“This lawsuit had a great outcome, and we hope other cities in similar situations will take notice.”
Sonoran News: “Public officials should be able to recognize public prayer activities just as America’s founders did,” said ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. “After the events of this past weekend, it’s hard to imagine better timing for this event. We encourage all Americans to take part in National Day of Prayer activities to give thanks to God and ask for His guidance. ADF stands ready to defend such activities if they are challenged in court.”
ADF attorney Joe Infranco appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show to | MP3 audio 5:50 mins | Decision Points: An Evening with President George W. Bush | ADF Media: 7th Circuit rejects lawsuit against National Day of Prayer | Website: Save the National Day of Prayer
Joe Infranco on the Georgene Rice Show: A History of Prayer and the 60th Annual National Day of Prayer
Charisma News: “Public officials should be able to recognize public prayer activities just as America’s founders did,” says ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. “After the events of this past weekend, it’s hard to imagine better timing for this event. We encourage all Americans to take part in National Day of Prayer activities to give thanks to God and ask for His guidance. ADF stands ready to defend such activities if they are challenged in court
One News Now: City zoning officials shouldn’t prohibit street signs for Christian organizations just because the message displayed happens to communicate something religious,” argues ADF attorney Joe Infranco. “Signs for Jesus” was prohibited for ten months because town officials thought the “objectionable” messages would be a distraction for motorists — until ADF became involved
Oregon Faith Report: Georgene Rice interviews Joseph Infranco with the Alliance Defense Fund to discuss greater implications of a recent New Hampshire Supreme Court Ruling that forced a home school student into a government run school against her mother’s wishes. The court made clear it was not addressing larger religious liberty or home school issues, but rather on the narrow facts of the case.
ADF attorney Joe Infranco appeared on the Rich Buhler Show to discuss this: NH Supreme Court sidesteps critical religious liberty issue in homeschooler case. | MP3 audio 14:00 mins
The New American: While home school advocates were concerned the case might set a precedent for other courts to force home schooled children to attend public school, Joseph Infranco, senior counsel for ADF, predicted that because the state court limited its decision to the facts in the case, the ruling could not be used “as a battering-ram against religious liberty or home schooling — and ADF will be vigilant to make sure that it’s not.”
ADF attorney Joe Infranco appeared on the George Rice Show to discuss this: NH Supreme Court sidesteps critical religious liberty issue in homeschooler case. | MP3 audio 11:31 mins
Baptist Press: Joseph Infranco, senior counsel for ADF, said, “Although we strongly disagree with the court’s decision for this family and do not believe the trial court should have considered religion as it did, we appreciate that the Supreme Court limited its decision to the facts of this case. This decision cannot be used as a battering-ram against religious liberty or homeschooling, and ADF will be vigilant to make sure that it’s not.”
One News Now: “Although we were disappointed with the outcome, we think at least the [New Hampshire] Supreme Court got the message and did not say anything in the decision in any way that would harm either home schooling or the religious considerations of a parent in schooling their children,” he explains. “So I think in a sense, although it was a loss, at least the court recognized the dangers and avoided those.” Infranco adds that “this decision cannot be used as a battering-ram against religious liberty or home schooling — and ADF will be vigilant to make sure that it’s not.”
LifeSiteNews: “Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children,” responded Simmons. “Courts can settle disputes, but they cannot legitimately order a child into a government-run school on the basis that her religious views need to be mixed with other views. That’s precisely what the lower court admitted it was doing.”
One News Now: “Now this is a stretch of road where there are plenty of signs of all sorts,” explains ADF attorney Joe Infranco. “They’re the same dimensions. They’re also lit up. In fact, there’s a gas station right nearby — and [yet] the town denied permission to do this because of the content, because it was going to be a religious message.”
ADF attorney Joe Infranco on the Drew Mariani Show to discuss this: NH town: Christian roadside sign more distracting, dangerous than gas station signs. | MP3 audio 11:12 mins
An Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney representing a religious organization filed a lawsuit Monday against officials with the town of Chichester. The town’s planning board rejected the nonprofit’s application to construct an electronic message sign on its private property. The sign would display Bible verses along a public road where numerous other signs of similar dimension are already displayed.
The New American: Joseph Infranco of the Alliance Defense Fund, which helped to represent the firefighters, told OneNewsNow.com that the four men “were subjected to hours of just graphic, lewd exhibits and gestures and catcalls and all that sort of thing…. It’s shocking to think that the city would tell firefighters that they have to participate in a parade and be subjected to all this sort of lewd, sexual behavior.”
CNA News (Spanish edition – translation by Google): Attorney Joseph Infranco of the Alliance Defense Fund, in charge of the defense of the firefighters, expressed hope that “this decision terminates the city’s efforts to defend his conduct to compel people to participate in events of a sexual nature that are against their personal and moral convictions. ”
ADF attorney Joe Infranco appeared on the Janet Mefferd Show (1.6.2011) to discuss this: NH Supreme Court to hear arguments in case of home-schooled girl Thursday. | MP3 audio 17 mins
Inside the Issues: “Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel [Joseph Infranco] and ADF-allied attorney Charles S. LiMandri spoke on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at a rally in support of protecting the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial . . . ‘War heroes have earned the right to be remembered,’ Infranco said. ‘The memory of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom shouldn’t be dishonored because the ACLU claims several people were merely offended.’”
ChristianNewsWire: “Hundreds maybe thousands of patriotic citizens along with local and national leaders will rally tomorrow 10am PST in San Diego in relentless defense and support of the Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross atop Mt Soledad near La Jolla, Ca . . . ‘It’s tragic that the court chose a twisted and tired interpretation of the First Amendment over the common sense idea that families of fallen American troops should be allowed to honor these heroes as they choose. No one is harmed, constitutionally or otherwise, by the presence of a cross on a memorial. The memorial cross should stand in honor of the sacrifice made by American troops.’ said [Joe Infranco], Senior Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund.”