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

Christian Photographer Who Refused Gay Wedding Gig Pays ‘Price of Citizenship’ | Charisma News

Courts challenge secular program from Christian provider | One News Now

Supreme Court weighs whether citizens may pray without censorship at town meetings

Same-sex Marriage, Religious Liberty Collide In Case Presented To Supreme Court | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

    Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: On Friday, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), representing Elane Photography, filed a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court of the United States, asking SCOTUS to reverse the New Mexico court. ADF specifically challenges the New Mexico ruling for violating the Huguenins’ First Amendment right of free speech, since it compels Elane and Jonathan to convey a message approving of gay marriage which is contrary to the Huguenins’ beliefs. The petition begins by quoting a recent U.S. Supreme Court case where the justices wrote, “At the heart of the First Amendment lies the principle that each person should decide for himself or herself the ideas and beliefs deserving of expression.” . . . Jordan Lorence is ADF’s lead counsel on this case. The New Mexico court found that Elane Photography is a “public accommodation,” like a restaurant or restroom that could not turn away a black or Hispanic person. Reacting to that declaration, Lorence told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement, “The First Amendment protects all Americans from government coercion forcing them to promote ideas they don’t support. Those in power should not misuse public-accommodation laws to punish those who decline to affirm the prevailing liberal orthodoxy on marriage.”


  • Posted: 11/12/2013
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Christian Photographers Ordered to Shoot Homosexual ‘Weddings’ Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court | ChristianNews.net

Attorneys will take New Mexico religious freedom case before U.S. Supreme Court | One News Now

Photo studio case may go to top U.S. court | ABQ Journal

Supreme Court asked to rule on “compelled” of lesbian lifestyle | US Finance Post

Religious songs reinstated for winter concert | Hamilton Observer

Can 2 people rewrite the First Amendment? | Ben Kinchlow at WND

Real Political Science | Jim Wilson Blog at Redding.com

Politicking and pulpits | Word & Way

“The Real Gay Agenda” | Huffington Post

Supreme Court Justices Grapple with Public Prayer | NRB

Scare tactics used to inhibit passing abortion law | One News Now

Bordentown: Religious songs to be reinstated for winter concert | 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: 11/08/2013
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Most favor prayer as part of meetings | Rochester Business J.

Supreme Court Likely To Restore Freedom To Pray At Public Events | Ken Klukowksi at Breitbart

Is prayer unconstitutional? | Doug Napier on the World and Everything In It

High court debates legislative prayer | Baptist Press

Milwaukee Church Wins Zoning Lawsuit | Christian Post

New Jersey School Lifts Controversial Ban on Christmas Carols | Christian Post

New Jersey School Bans Christian Christmas Music | Persecution.org

    Persecution.org: Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal firm specializing in religious liberty cases, fired off a letter to the New Jersey grinches – reminding them that it’s perfectly constitutional to sing “Joy to the World.” “Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow students to perform Christmas carols,” said Legal Counsel Matthew Sharp. “Courts have unanimously upheld their inclusion in school productions–even when songs deal with Christian themes that are naturally a part of the holiday.” The Alliance Defending Freedom letter explains 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.”


  • Posted: 11/07/2013
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Bordentown school district will allow religious songs in winter program | NJ.com

Supreme Court to Hear Argument Over Town Hall Prayers Predominantly in Jesus’ Name | Christian News Net

“Gay Rights Movement Threatens Businesses” | Newsbusters

Is Hearing A Prayer The Same As Participating In It? | Joe Infranco

Can Planned Parenthood Be Trusted To Apply A “Health” Exception In Texas? | Casey Mattox

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Greece Prayer Case | WXXI News

New York Town Divided as Prayer Case Heads to Supreme Court | NY Times

Supreme Court to consider religious prayer at government meetings | National Catholic Reporter (RNS)

Big Supreme Court Prayer Case Could Have Major Impact On The Future Of Invocations At Gov’t Meetings | The Blaze

Scholars: Children Benefit From Having Mom, Dad | Charisma News

The Constitutionality of Saying a Prayer at a City Council Meeting: May America Bless God? | Thomas E. Baker at the ABA

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Public Prayer | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Atheist gets her day at the Supreme Court | CNN

NAACP Renews Lawsuit to Stop Ban on Race-Based Abortions of Black Babies | Life News

Ohio student wins free-speech victory on college campus | One News Now

CBS drama ‘The Good Wife’ highlights personhood of unborn babies | Kristi Burton Brown at LifeSiteNews

A Page Of History Is Worth A Volume Of Logic | Joel Oster

Statements of Faith: The Importance of Saying What You Believe | Speak Up Movement

Gender Identity and Churches: “Male and Female He Created Them”? | Erik Stanley

Ruling: Church not Required to Hire Pastor Engaged in Homosexual Behavior | Erik Stanley

Dire warning to abortion clinic workers: ‘Don’t let your job put you in prison’ | Washington Times

Founders’ view of prayer should prevail at Supreme Court | Alan Sears, Joe Infranco at Washington Post

Town of Greece v. Galloway: Prayers debated in prelude to SCOTUS

Workplace religious rights set forth in ADF legal analysis | Baptist Press

Unconstitutional Ban on Christmas Carols Overturned at NJ School | Charisma

U.S. Supreme Court could soon take up new abortion case | Tuscaloosa News (AP)

The women behind local Supreme Court case | Democrat & Chronicle

Mennonite Cabinet Makers Tell Supreme Court: Don’t Let Obama Force Us to Obey HHS Mandate | LifeNews