Unclear how Ohio religious-freedom bill fits with church-state divide | Columbus Dispatch

Still waiting for an Obamacare exemption | Washington Times

Judge Says Baker Must Make Wedding Cakes for Homosexuals | Todd Starnes at Townhall

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

Colorado Baker Ordered to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Couples | The New American

    The New American: Attorney Nicolle Martin of the conservative Christian legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Phillips, expressed dismay at the bizarre ruling. “He can’t violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck,” she said. “If Jack can’t make wedding cakes, he can’t continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system. That is a reprehensible choice.” Martin noted that “America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs. Forcing Americans to promote ideas against their will undermines our constitutionally protected freedom of expression and our right to live free. If the government can take away our First Amendment freedoms, there is nothing it can’t take away. We are considering our next steps.”

  • Posted: 12/09/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.thenewamerican.com

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KS school’s policy bans scripture, allows Lil Wayne poster | One News Now

Man Not Going to Prison for Trying to Trick Pregnant Girlfriend Into Taking Abortion Drug | LifeNews

Just Asking: How one young girl’s kind invitation could transform schools across the country

Washington Post Falsely Claims Americans Support HHS Abortion Mandate

Britain’s Court of Appeal Says Religious Discrimination Can Involve Failure To Accommodate Belief

Is there a war on Christmas? | Doug Napier on MyFoxPhoenix (video)

Pesky Facts! WaPo Misleads on Public Opinion of Contraception Mandate | Newsbusters

Will IRS Crack Down on Church Politicking? | Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches

Judge Hears Arguments in Colorado Same-Sex Wedding Cake Dispute | NC Register (EWTN)

NY Congresswoman Says ACA Requirement Should Stand | Matt Bowman on WAMC NE Public Radio

First they came for the car dealers: Judge rules on abortion mandate

Carols not an issue in schools | Madison County Journal

Fellowship of Catholic University Students Sues Sebelius Over HHS Mandate

Notre Dame, FOCUS lawsuits challenge contraception mandate

War on Women: ACLU Says Pro-Life Laws Protecting Women’s Health are “Stupid” | Steven H. Aden at LifeNews

“Gay couple’s complaint against Colo. baker gets hearing: Becomes a cause celebre for activists” | Washington Times

Not “Stupid,” Just Duped | Steven H. Aden at Bell Towers

School: Lil’ Wayne is fine, but Jesus is not | Todd Starnes at Fox News

Kansas school bans fliers with Bible verses | The World and Everything In It

Catholic group sues Obama administration over birth control mandate | Daily Caller

Christian-Owned Auto Dealership Granted Injunction Against Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | Christian News Network

Commissioned poll: People turn up nose at mention of ObamaCare | One News Now

Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) sue to stop Obama”s abortion pill mandate | MedIndia

Religious carols reinstated for charter school concert | One News Now

Student Sues School District For Allegedly Banning ‘see You At The Pole’ Fliers That Included Bible Verses | The Blaze

Kansas School Bans, Destroys Student Fliers Containing Bible Verses | Persecution.org (Charisma)

Seventh grader files lawsuit after school staff destroys prayer flyers | Fox4kc.com

Court: Obama Admin Can’t Make Family-Run Car Dealership Follow HHS Mandate | Life News

Group Working to Spread the Truth About the Constitutionality of Christmas | Doug Napier on O’Reilly Factor Video

Anti-faith Humbugs Ensure ‘tis The Season To Be … Litigious | Alan Sears at Alliance Defending Freedom

What’s Love Got To Do With It? | Kellie Fiedorek at Alliance Defending Freedom

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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Kan. school reportedly prohibits student from posting fliers with Bible verses | Fox News (AP)

Christian group accuses school of free speech violation | WTOP.com (AP)

Kansas school bans fliers with Bible verses, OKs poster with drug reference | Examiner.com

Kansas School Bans Fliers with Bible Verses | Caffeinated Thoughts

Kansas School Bans ‘See You at the Pole’ Flier With Bible Verses | Charisma News

Suit Challenges School Ban On Student Distribution of Religious Material | Religion Clause Blog

SCOTUS to Hear Key Cases on Abortion Mandate | MO Family Policy Council

Under ObamaCare, Misery Loves Companies | Tony Perkins at the Patriot Post

Christian group accuses school of free speech violation | Boston Herald

Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) sue to stop Obama’s abortion pill mandate | PR Newswire

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

Police in India slow to investigate torture, killing of Christian boy | Christian Today (Morningstar News)

Bishop Warns Obama: You’ve Lost Catholics Because of Your HHS-Abortion Mandate | LifeNews

Contraceptive cases raise religious liberty issues | Politico

Police in India Slow to Investigate Torture, Killing of Christian Boy | Morningstar News

    MorningStar News: The body of his small son, Anugrag Gemethi, nicknamed Anmol, was found in a pond on Nov. 18 after he failed to return home from a friend’s house the previous day. His face was mutilated beyond recognition, there were burn marks on his stomach, his toes were chopped off and one hand and arm were deeply slashed, Gemethi said . . . Attorney Tehmina Arora of Alliance Defending Freedom-India said the murder shows how elusive religious freedom is in India. “This is a tragic and brutal killing of a young child, seemingly to curb the free exercise of his and his parents’ religious beliefs,” she said. “In a nation where we have constitutionally guaranteed freedom of conscience and religion, no one should be targeted, let alone murdered, for their faith. This is a sad and painful reminder of how far we have to travel before these fundamental rights become a reality.”

  • Posted: 12/02/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: morningstarnews.org

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“You Could Unknowingly Be Funding a School That Discriminates Against LGBTs” | CARE2.com

Christmas is constitutional | The Argus Observer

The Buzz: War on Christmas and Confederate angels | The State

High court to rule on Hobby Lobby suit | Baptist Press

ADF to 13,000+ school districts: Christmas is constitutional | Sonoran News

‘Gay’ Power vs. Religious Liberty | WorldNetDaily

National Prayer Day Against Pornography to Be Held | Atlanta Daily World

The Case For Conscience: Conestoga And Hobby Lobby Accepted By The Supreme Court | Alliance Defending Freedom

New Poll: 59 Percent Oppose Obamacare’s HHS Abortion-Birth Control Mandate | Life News

Supreme Court takes cases on contraception coverage | Boston Globe / NY Times

Boehner: Contraception Mandate Should Be Reversed by High Court | Newsmax