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

S.C. charter school bans Christmas carols with religious tone | Washington Times

‘The Definition Of Bullying’: Church Vs. State Threat Leads Another School To Cut Ties With ‘operation Christmas Child’ | The Blaze

Charter School Reportedly Bans Students From Performing ‘joy To The World’ And ‘oh Come All Ye Faithful’ | The Blaze

SC School Bans Religious Christmas Carols—Even Without Mention of Christ | Charisma

Alliance Defending Freedom | Red State

Conservative groups plan prayer vigil against pornography | Raw Story

“Arizona Won’t Stop Trying To Defund Planned Parenthood” | Think Progress

School declares no ‘Joy’ for the faithful this Christmas | BizPacReview

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

EMU Settles with Students for Life, the Alliance Defending Freedom | WEMU 89.1

Supremes asked to overturn “compelled” support of lesbian “marriage” | Northern Colo. Gazette

Italian Catholicism Teacher Comes Under Fire for Asking Students to Rank Sinful Behavior on List That Includes Homosexuality | Christian Post

Ariz. to US Supreme Court: Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to fund abortion | LifeSiteNews

Obama’s definition of faith-based criteria challenged again | One News Now

Question on morality of homosexuality causes a stir | One News Now

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

School leader privately admits ‘indefensible’ breach of church and state | 9News.com

Arizona again asks Supreme Court to look at abortion law | AZ Republic

EMU settles lawsuit with student group after funding denial for anti-abortion exhibit | MLive.com

8th Circuit Hears Iowa Planned Parenthood Fraud Case | Caffeinated Thoughts

City approves ‘buffer zone’ around Planned Parenthood clinic: pro-life activists plan to sue | LifeSiteNews

Fired Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Director Takes Abortion Biz to Court for Fraud | LifeNews

“Gay marriage will be legal today; business owners may face dilemma” | BND.com

Iowa Planned Parenthood Fraud Case Begins | CBN (video)

Nigeria: Govt Recognizes Boko Haram As Terrorist Group | allAfrica.com

Religious songs to be reinstated for winter concert Board will discuss long-term implications | CentralJersey.com

    CentralJersey.com: Prior to the superintendent’s letter, Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization that deals primarily with religious freedom issues, sent a letter to district officials to lobby for the songs’ inclusion. ”We write to explain that every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including Christmas carols and other religious music in school choir programs fully complies with the First Amendment and to urge you to immediately rescind the new policy instituted by administrative officials,” the letter read. The letter, written by the organization’s legal counsel, further stated the district’s role as it pertains to the First Amendment is to remain neutral from religion and refrain “from demonstrating an unconstitutional hostility toward songs with religious origins.”


  • Posted: 11/20/2013
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US recognizes Boko Haram as terrorist group | DFW Catholic

Dimensionality of the military chaplaincy | ABP

Catholic Law School Challenges Abortion Pill Mandate | Insurance News Net

Weighing Free Speech in Refusal to Photograph Lesbian Couple’s Ceremony | Adam Liptak at NYT

“Photographers Ask High Court to Reverse Gay Discrimination Ruling” | Jacob Gershman at WSJ

Legal Victory for Catholic Business, Court: ‘Nothing inherently incompatible between religious exercise and profit-seeking’ | Catholic Education Daily

Employee accuses Planned Parenthood of committing bait-and-switch abortions

    Jill Stanek at LifeSiteNews: I spoke with Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Michael Norton about this apparent PP hustle. He said if it is true that PP isn’t providing full disclosure before the onset of one’s abortion in order to pull her in so deep financially she feels she can’t back out, then PP may be violating a state health standard and may also be liable for medical malpractice, which is suable. “Women who have been tricked and coerced to complete the abortion procedure after being baited to begin the process may have claims of fraud, failure to provide adequate informed consent, reckless endangerment, and pain and suffering,” said Norton. “In addition, Planned Parenthood may be committing both civil and criminal violations.”


  • Posted: 11/18/2013
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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Faith is Not ‘Compartmentalized:’ Court Grants Injunction Against Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | Christian News Net

“Mommy” Web Site Posts Blog Supporting Abortion | Life News

Ave Maria School of Law joins fight against Obama’s abortion pill mandate | Live Action News

Catholic Law School Challenges Abortion Pill Mandate | Human Events

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs (except Church signs)

Court rebukes administration’s ‘narrow’ religious liberty view | CNA

Planned Parenthood Still Charges Women $200 If They Change Their Mind on an Abortion | Life News

    Jill Stanek at LifeNews: spoke with Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Michael Norton about this apparent PP hustle. He said if it is true that PP isn’t providing full disclosure before the onset of one’s abortion in order to pull her in so deep financially she feels she can’t back out, then PP may be violating a state health standard and may also be liable for medical malpractice, which is suable. “Women who have been tricked and coerced to complete the abortion procedure after being baited to begin the process may have claims of fraud, failure to provide adequate informed consent, reckless endangerment, and pain and suffering,” said Norton. “In addition, Planned Parenthood may be committing both civil and criminal violations.”


  • Posted: 11/15/2013
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Contraception Mandate to be Challenged in Court | The Washington Free Beacon

Family businesses win victory in appeals court decision on HHS suit | Boston Pilot

Catholic School Sues Obama Over HHS Mandate: He’s Forcing Us to Violate Our Faith | Life News

Developments In Challenges To Contraceptive Coverage Mandate | Religion Clause Blog

Implications of Town of Greece v.Galloway | Kevin Theriot on Faith Radio with Bob Crittendon

There Is Really Only One Issue in Town of Greece v. Galloway | Marci Hamilton at Justicia

Mississippi City Settles in Christian Rescue Mission Case | Citizen Link

Pathways: Thanksgiving events, ‘Surviving the Holidays’ and more | News-Sentinel

US Classifies Christian Persecutor Boko Haram as Terrorist Group | Charisma News

Ministry for single mothers wins suit against zoning laws | One News Now

Geneva asks court for injunction on insurance mandate | Times Online

Family businesses win victory in suit over HHS mandate | CatholicPhilly.com

Religious freedom confined to home? Appeals Court rules differently | One News Now

Atheists interrupt prayer vigil on Supreme Court steps

Family businesses win victory in U.S. appeals court decision on HHS suit | Catholic Register

US: Legal group defends photographers who refused same-sex wedding on basis of ‘artistic freedom’ | Pink News

Appeals Court Blasts Obamacare As ‘unsound’: Rules that abortion-pill mandate violates religious liberty | WND

New Mexico Residents to Vote on “Pain Capable Unborn Child” Ordinance on Nov. 19 | Care2.com

    Care2.com (Nov. 8): “Every innocent life deserves to be protected,” said Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. “This ordinance will protect children in the womb who experience horrific pain during a late-term abortion. It also protects mothers from the increased risk of physical harm and potentially devastating psychological consequences that come with late-term abortions.” . . . The Alliance Defending Freedom letter explains, “Whether one views an unborn child as a ‘life or potential life…,’ allowing abortions to unnecessarily impose substantial pain on an unborn child ‘is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in civilized society.’” . . . “Numerous states have decided to limit non-emergency abortions beyond 20 weeks to protect the health of mothers and ensure that their babies are free from excruciating pain,” added Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “Albuquerque voters can be confident that this proposed ordinance is both medically and legally sound.”


  • Posted: 11/13/2013
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Santa is coming to Bordentown schools; Jesus (and all other deities) still aren’t | Jeff Edelstein at the Trentonian

    Jeff Edelstein at the Trentonian: Then the Alliance Defending Freedom got involved. They’re an Arizona-based group that “directly litigates strategic cases to protect religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” The group is for religious displays on public land, against gay couples adopting, opposes civil unions …basically, they are — in their words — a “legal ministry to help practicing attorneys successfully defend and reclaim religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” Anyway, they fired off a press release.  Then two days later — last Friday — it appeared the Bordentown Regional School District braintrust pulled a 180 and decided to allow the songs back in the concert . . .  Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause,” wrote George Washington. So is this controversy over? Not by a long shot. Nov. 13 is a Bordentown Board of Education meeting. I expect more acrimony.


  • Posted: 11/13/2013
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Federal Lawsuit Challenges Idaho’s Refusal To Permit or Recognize Same-Sex Marriage