Doctors support Okla. RU-486 law requiring FDA standards | Alliance Defending Freedom

“Green light for FFRF’s anti-church politicking suit” | FFRF

Feds offer atheists a clergy tax break that they don’t want | Religion News Service

Are Supporters of the Anti-Discrimination Proposal Helping Turn People AGAINST It? | Robert Wilson, an attorney who works with the Alliance Defending Freedom, says the ‘over the top’ response of backers of the ordinance to Chan’s secretly recorded comments is a perfect demonstration of why opposition to the ordinance is growing. “The Mayor calls her homophobic and some in the LBGT community trumpet that her private views on homosexual behavior and gender identity are grounds for ridicule, calling her names, and demanding her resignation, even if those views have not affected her ability to serve those in her district,” Wilson said. “If this ordinance passes, name calling will be replaced by a fine, a lawsuit, a loss of a city contract or removal from city government.”

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Feds say OK to atheists on religion tax break | WBIR

Ending Public Prayer From California To New York | Kevin Theriot

“S.C.’s gay-marriage ban heading for court?” | The State

    The State: But the Palmetto Family Council has its own legal team ready to counter any effort to overturn the amendment. Director Oran Smith says he relies on a statewide network of attorneys trained by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a national legal group that, according to its website, is devoted to “religious liberty, the sanctity of life and marriage and family.” Smith said he does not think his group would intervene in specific cases of same-sex couples seeking federal benefits. But it would intervene if “we saw a pattern of the courts not respecting the marriage amendment in South Carolina.”

  • Posted: 08/20/2013
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You Can’t Change the Rules in the Middle of the Game: University forced to Set Clear Rules when Regulating Free Speech | Jon Scruggs

Planned Parenthood Lets The Mask Slip In West Virginia | Casey Mattox

Why Not Treat Marriage like a Test Drive? | Kellie Fiedorek at Townhall

West Virginia Attorney General Called On to Regulate Abortion | Christian Newswire

Chico prayer tradition on solid legal and historical ground | One News Now

Atheists Demand Christians Stop Praying at Town Meetings | Charisma News

Federal Auditors to Conduct Probe of Planned Parenthood | MO Family Policy Council

Out Celebrating: Over a million cheer equality | Philippine News

Pro-life firms take fight against US abortion mandate to courts

Planned Parenthood Rakes in $542 Million in Tax Dollars Despite Committing Fraud | Michael Norton

Pro-family legal group advising Scout-dropping churches how to proceed | One News Now

California City Under Fire From Atheists for Allowing Prayers Before Council Meetings | Christian News Network

Judge Scolds Dems For Ignoring Constitution: Calls election-rigging schemes ‘both sad and, frankly, shocking’ | WND

    WorldNetDaily: One of the first bills Democrats took up was one limiting religious freedom by passing a civil union bill that provided no conscious protections for Christian business owners. “It’s important for all Colorado citizens to notice that this bill fails to protect religious freedom, which is a constitutionally protected right that is one of our first liberties,” Kelly Fiedorek, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom said. “This bill fails to protect the religious rights of conscience for Christians who are not official ministers of their church. Religious liberty is not confined to the four walls of the church but extends to everybody.”

  • Posted: 08/19/2013
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Religious Freedom Lawyers Respond to Atheists Wanting Prayer at City Council Meetings Stopped | Christian Post

Christian Commission Seeks Congressional Intervention in Keeping the IRS Out of the Pulpit | Christian News Network

    Christian News Network: “The report shows that black churches have, for lack of a better word, gotten away with it for many years,” said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who helped to advise the Commission in the compilation of the report. “Simply put, this gets the IRS out of the pulpit.” ADF says that it would like to see the Johnson Amendment struck down in the courts. The amendment, passed in 1954 and introduced by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, states that churches may not “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.”

  • Posted: 08/19/2013
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Culture Digest: California’s Brown vetoes egg donor bill | Baptist Press at Townhall

Fixing the 501(c)(3) Political Campaign Prohibition Mess | Christian Post

    Christian Post: Some churches deliberately engage in activities that violate the prohibition, but rarely face consequences. Since 2008, pastors across the United States (approximately 1,600 last year) have participated annually in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” an initiative orchestrated by Alliance Defending Freedom in which pastors deliver sermons evaluating candidates for public office in light of Scripture. Some support or oppose candidates by name and send transcripts of their sermons to the IRS with a request to be audited. They hope to spark litigation on the constitutionality of the law, but the IRS has not taken up the challenge.

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Should politics return to the pulpit? | Orlando Sentinel

Free to ‘exercise’ religion, too | Matthew S. Bowman at

Texas Megachurch Minister Rebuts Claims That He Supports Ordinance Protecting Homosexuals | Christian News Network

Will the GAO Really Investigate Planned Parenthood? | Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO

Clay School Board keeps opening invocation | Florida Times Union

Christian churches warned of Boy Scout legal risks | Washington Times

Reformers urge Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking | Religion News Service on Daily Times

Trijicon is the New Hobby Lobby: Gun Company the Latest to Challenge Obamacare

Praying mom now has legal representation | One News Now

Prop 8 felled by two sentences | World Magazine

Planned Parenthood: $4 Billion in Tax Funding as 20% of Its Affiliates Committed Fraud | LifeNews

Critics of contraception mandate vow Supreme Court appeal | The Hill

Conestoga Wood Specialties denied challenge to contraceptive law

No rehearing in contraception case (UPDATED) | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

Faith Reformers Work to Get IRS Out of the Pulpit | Charisma News

Chaplain’s online essay restored … with a disclaimer | One News Now

Christian churches warned of Boy Scout legal risks | Washington Times

IRS shouldn’t ban clergy endorsements, commission says | Tennessean on

California Supreme Court rejects bid to revive Prop. 8 | LA Times

Major Reversal: Air Force Chaplain’s Expunged Essay About ‘atheists In Foxholes’ Has Been Republished On Base Website | The Blaze

“Calif. court gives final OK to same-sex marriage” | San Francisco Chronicle

IRS shouldn’t ban clergy endorsements, panel says | USA Today at GuamPDN

Christians must oppose anti-Muslim discrimination | Religion News

Churches Can Stand Firm Against New Boy Scouts Membership Policy

Calif. Supreme Court Rejects Prop 8 Supporters Appeal; Gives Final OK to Same-Sex Marriages

“Court challenge fails to stop Calif. gay marriages” | AP

“California Supreme Court denies latest bid to revive gay marriage ban” | CNN

Court challenge fails to stop Calif. gay marriages | KSL (AP)

“California Supreme Court denies latest bid to revive gay marriage ban” | CNN

California Supreme Court rejects attempt to revive Prop 8 | Washington Blade

“California Supreme Court rejects bid to ban same-sex marriage” | Celebrity Cafe

85% Think Christian Photographer Has Right to Turn Down Same-Sex Wedding Job | Rasmussen

‘No Atheists in Foxholes’ Article Restored to Air Force Website Following Removal Over Complaint | Christian News Network

Air Force Republishes Chaplain’s ‘No Atheists in Foxholes’ Article to Base Website | Christian Post

Military Restores ‘atheists In Foxholes’ Essay | WND

Report argues for lifting ban on politics from the pulpit

Obama admin. abandons battle over HHS mandate against to Christian-owned rifle scope company | LifeSiteNews

Obama Admin Won’t Enforce HHS Mandate Against Christian-Owned Rifle Scope Company

Winning Key Victories In The Legal Struggle To Preserve Life In America | Alan Sears

Court: Preacher’s challenge against ‘vague’ policies can move forward

Obama admin. forfeits to Christian-owned rifle scope company in battle over HHS mandate | LifeSiteNews

“The real cost of abortion: Americans deserve to know how Planned Parenthood uses their tax dollars” | Brenda Zurita at Washington Times

“Conservative Christians try to build a new national scouting organization after Boy Scouts of America votes to accept openly gay members” | Dallas Morning News

Another Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Challenge; DOJ Wants Gilardi To Be Test Case In DC Circuit | Religion Clause Blog