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Alliance Defending Freedom: “The government shouldn’t be spending taxpayer dollars unlawfully on medically unnecessary abortions. Regrettably, the Minnesota Supreme Court has left in place a ruling that allows the state to act contrary to the high court’s own 1995 decision that said it ‘will not permit any woman eligible for medical assistance to obtain an abortion ‘on demand.’ We will continue to look for opportunities to ensure that the hard-earned money of Minnesota taxpayers isn’t used to pay for unauthorized abortions and to ensure that taxpayer-funded abortions don’t disproportionately and tragically fall on the African-American community.” -ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden
Alliance Defending Freedom: When rebel group Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, thousands of Christians were given the options to convert to Islam, pay a tax, leave, or die. These families woke one morning to see that their houses had been marked with a spray-painted sign – the sign of “Nazarene,” marking them as Christians.
SCOTUS Blog: The Oklahoma clerk is represented by attorneys with a legal advocacy group, Alliance Defending Freedom. That same group also represents a county clerk in Virginia, and they announced last week that they will be filing that case in the Supreme Court in coming weeks.
Rockdale Citizen: “Shortly after we filed the lawsuit, the county agreed to an injunction against those provisions, and the county told us they were going to look at revising the zoning code,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley on Friday.
‘Major Victory’: Atheist group reveals what led to its settlement with the IRS over church politicking
The Blaze: The Freedom From Religion Foundation and conservative groups have long clashed over the issue of church politicking, with the conservative legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom organizing the annual “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” event.
WLCL: A statement from the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing McQuigg, said the amendment was passed by a majority of Virginians affirming “marriage as a man-woman union.”
WND: “No one should be forced to choose between their deepest religious convictions and their profession,” said Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and lead counsel for the plaintiffs challenging the state regulations.
Christian News Network: “No one should be forced to choose between their deepest religious convictions and their profession,” added ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner in a press release announcing the submission to the court.
Life News: The Bauer’s attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jason Guinasso, says the court then “responded to them by stating their faith had no relevance to the decision that had to be made regarding carrying the pregnancy to term or not.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Overland Park paid $50,000 in attorneys’ fees last week for its unconstitutional policy prohibiting the distribution of fliers on public sidewalks at the city’s soccer complex. A federal court ordered payment of the fees in the wake of its May 5 ruling striking down the free speech ban.
Zenit: The HBT certification program was created in Sweden in 2008 by RFSL (known in English as the National Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) to advance the homosexual agenda. Schools, libraries, and various organizations become certified after submitting to intense scrutiny, undergoing mandatory training sessions, and paying a hefty fee.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Virginia confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirms marriage as a man-woman union. The people of Virginia and every other state are free to preserve that understanding of marriage in their laws. In its Windsor decision, the Supreme Court declared that the states have the authority to define marriage for their community. If the high court remains consistent with that principle, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so. In the meantime, the 4th Circuit should put a hold on its decision to ensure an orderly and dignified resolution of this important constitutional question.” -ADF Senior Counsel Byron Babione
Nathan Cherry: Groups like the FFRF and AU would love nothing more than to see the IRS begin cracking down on churches that engage in this “illegal” activity. But, as I’ve heard my friend and senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, Erik Stanley say more than once, they know better.
Zenit: Roger Kiska writes: Dr. Bogdan Chazan, preeminent in his field and recognized throughout Poland for his medical expertise, was recently fined and fired from his position as director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, Poland, for refusing to perform an abortion on a child diagnosed with potentially severe brain damage.
One News Now: Eric Stanley of ADF calls it “very far-fetched” that the ACLU suggests giving tires to a church preschool promotes religion. – See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2014/08/01/aclu-sides-with-mo-over-denying-daycare-application#.U9wG9PldWOA
Campus Reform: The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a legal organization that fights for religious freedom and justice, has had a record year in defending the liberties of students at public and private universities across the nation.
Courthouse News Service: “The IRS cannot force churches to give up their precious constitutionally protected freedoms to receive a tax exemption,” Erik Stanley said in a statement.
Life Site News: That change in emergency protocols is likely due to a lawsuit filed against the St. Louis Fire Department in May by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of an Operation Rescue staff member. Operation Rescue sued to obtain public information that was over-zealously redacted from 911 records it had received through the Freedom of Information Act.
Catholic News Agency: The legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom said that it is “troubling that this nominee’s most recent statements regarding religious freedom were in opposition to religious freedom for family business owners.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: The legal teams who won their cases on behalf of Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby at the U.S. Supreme Court filed a brief this week at the request of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit about the impact of the high court’s decision on a case involving two Washington pharmacists and a pharmacy owner. The 9th Circuit had suspended activity in their lawsuit, Stormans v. Wiesman, until the Supreme Court issued its ruling.
Zenit: The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision at the end of June concerning assisted suicide. In R (Nicklinson & Anor) v. Ministry of Justice; R (AM) v. DPP, the court ruled that Britain’s law, which criminalizes assisted suicide, should not be declared incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. This joint case related to three severely disabled men who want or wanted to commit suicide.
One News Now: “They’re going to promote Dr. Adams to the full professor position he was unlawfully denied seven years ago,” he tells OneNewsNow. “They’re going to pay him $50,000 in back pay, they’re going to adopt some procedures to protect him from further retaliation in the upcoming years, and they’re going to pay attorneys fees.”
Politico: “There are a lot of places where there could be new challenges,” said Matt Bowman, the alliance’s senior legal counsel. “All of those laws are in deep constitutional trouble because the Supreme Court said that you can’t punish speech … and all those laws do that.”
Live Action News: Where the abortion movement sees cause for lamentation, we should see cause for opportunity. Pregnancy centers hardly receive the recognition they deserve, and are actually facing legal trouble. Just over a month ago, the court ruled in favor ofpregnancy centers in Austin, Texas. This battle had been going on for years, as highlighted by Alliance Defending Freedom.
Life News: That change in emergency protocols is likely due to a lawsuit filed against the St. Louis Fire Department in May by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of an Operation Rescue staff member. Operation Rescue sued to obtain public information that was over-zealously redacted from 911 records it had received through the Freedom of Information Act.
New OK: “Secrecy breeds mistrust, and the IRS should know this in light of its recent scandals involving the investigation of conservative groups,” Christiana Holcomb, a litigation counsel for the group, said in a statement.
Charisma News: According to Alliance Defending Freedom, the reports must include the number of customers declined a wedding cake or any other product. They must also include why it was declined “so to ensure he has fully eliminated his religious beliefs from his business.”
Inside Nova: In a statement, McQuigg’s lawyer, Byron Babione of the Alliance Defending Freedom, said she has not yet decided whether to appeal Monday’s decision by the Fourth Circuit of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We are consulting with our client and considering her options,” Babione wrote on the Arizona-based organization’s website.
Alliance Defending Freedom: According to the most recent data compiled this week, Alliance Defending Freedom is having its most successful year to date in protecting freedom at America’s public universities and protecting private religious universities from the Obama administration. As part of its legal efforts to defend constitutionally protected freedoms from grammar school to graduate school, ADF has the largest and most experienced team of attorneys dedicated to university issues.
The Christian Post: Three-acre minimum – that was what New Generation Christian Church in Rockdale County, Georgia was told it must buy if it wanted access to property for its worship services.
The New York Times: Byron Babione, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that represented one of the clerks, said they were considering their next steps.
Washington Examiner: Byron Babione, an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom that represented a county clerk sued over the Virginia marriage ban, said his client was considering an appeal. But he added that “ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
My Central Oregon: After Monday’s ruling, ADF’s senior counsel Byron Babione released a statement, saying, “Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Virginia confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as a man-woman union.”
PJ Media: There is no way to know for sure which churches and denominations will come under investigation, though, because the IRS-FFRF deal is being kept secret, according to LifeNews. The Alliance Defending Freedom is using a Freedom of Information request against the IRS to force it to disclose the details of its plans for investigating churches.
The Blaze: “FFRF was asking that the Johnson Amendment be enforced against churches. The IRS has been enforcing the Johnson Amendment against churches since it was passed by Congress in 1954,” Erik Stanley, an attorney at Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm, told TheBlaze. “The agency took a brief break from enforcing the law against churches in 2009 after its procedures for auditing churches was declared unlawful by a federal district court in Minnesota.”
The Celebrity Cafe: With the help of an Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer, Byron Babione, the two defended the law after state Attorney General, Mark R. Herring, opted not to support the ban.
Get Religion: If the AP is going to describe the Alliance Defending Freedom as a “right-wing legal group,” shouldn’t it — in the name of balance and fairness — also characterize the ACLU as a “left-wing legal group?”
Christian Today: Hellwege, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, filed lawsuits last month with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, and in U.S. District Court.
The Daily Signal: For the third year in a row, an annual report by Alliance Defending Freedom discovered widespread waste, abuse and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood on the taxpayer’s dime. Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, called the latest findings “disturbing.”
AZ Central: “States have said the right to marry means a man and a woman coming together to form and raise the children that result from their union,” attorney Caleb Dalton said. “The state has good reasons for continuing to affirm giving children the right to know who their mother and their father are and to benefit from the unique things that mothers and fathers both have to offer their children.”
One News Now: “This court order guarantees that the government cannot enforce New Hampshire’s censorship zones until the court has a chance to rule on our argument that the law violates freedom of speech,” Matt Bowman tells OneNewsNow.
The Christian Post: “Secrecy breeds mistrust, and the IRS should know this in light of its recent scandals involving the investigation of conservative groups,” ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb said in a statement. “We are asking the IRS to disclose the new protocols and procedures it apparently adopted for determining whether to investigate churches. What it intends to do to churches must be brought into the light of day.”
Worthy News: The Alliance Defending Freedom has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Internal Revenue Service for any documents about the IRS having adopted new protocols and procedures for investigating churches.
CBN: According to Alliance Defending Freedom, the reports must include the number of customers declined a wedding cake or any other product. They must also include why it was declined “so to ensure he has fully eliminated his religious beliefs from his business.”
Concord Monitor: In the lawsuit filed earlier this month, the Alliance Defending Freedom argued that New Hampshire’s new law restricts abortion protesters’ freedom of speech.
NBC Montana: Byron Babione, senior counsel with the group Alliance Defending Freedom, said Niemeyer noted correctly, in its view, that there is “no fundamental right to same-sex marriage and there are rational reasons for not recognizing it,” and that states must be permitted to have the final word.
AZ Central: “If you look through the common law and the history of Arizona back to territorial days, marriage was a contract between a man and a woman,” said Caleb Dalton, litigation counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a private group helping to defend the state in the case.
Reuters: But Byron Babione, an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom that represented a county clerk sued over the marriage ban, said the clerk was considering an appeal. The Supreme Court ultimately must rule whether states can set rules for marriage, he said.
KSDK: “In his dissent, Judge Niemeyer correctly noted that ‘there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage, and there are rational reasons for not recognizing it,’” Babione said.
Kerri Kupec discusses New Generation Christian Church as well as Planned Parenthood with Zeb Bell (audio)
Alliance Defending Freedom:“Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Virginia confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as a man-woman union. In his dissent, Judge Niemeyer correctly noted that ‘there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage and there are rational reasons for not recognizing it’ and that the 4th Circuit, as with other courts, ‘must allow the States to enact legislation on the subject in accordance with their political processes.’ We are consulting with our client and considering her options. Ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the high court remains consistent with its acknowledgement in its Windsor decision of the right of states to define marriage, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so.” -Byron Babione
WND: “Secrecy breeds mistrust, and the IRS should know this in light of its recent scandals involving the investigation of conservative groups,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb in an announcement Thursday.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Catherine Foster says nearly every audit of 44 done on Planned Parenthood found numerous improper practices. Those figures showed more than $8 million in overbilling, she alleges.
Seattle Pi: The law was to take effect July 10 but after the Massachusetts ruling, Alliance Defending Freedom sued on behalf of several abortion opponents to block it.
One News Now: ADF senior counsel Erik Stanley says the settlement appears to make the IRS adopt new procedures that would allow it to being auditing churches again.
MSNBC: Voters in Arizona approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2008. The state legislature outlawed marriage for same-sex couples in 1996. The ban is being defended by a group called the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious group that calls itself a “legal ministry.” The organization’s lawyers have been named special assistant attorneys general by Arizona’s attorney general.
Telegram: Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which funded the lawsuit that abortion opponents filed in the buffer-zone law case, McCullen v. Coakley, said he has concerns about the bill.
My State Line: The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 allowing businesses with religious objections to opt out of the new health law requirement requiring insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Christianity Today: “This is one of the major problems with the IRS,” said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel with ADF. “They are secretive, which breeds mistrust and leads to problems in knowing just how they will enforce and interpret the law.”
Deseret News: “The administration has forgotten that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act exists, and it’s there to protect the religious freedom of groups, even when they contract with the federal government,” said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom in Scottsdale, Arizona. He said his group would represent organizations challenged under the new rules.
Examiner: Erik Stanley, senior legial counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom and head of the Pulpit Initiative, told LifeSiteNews that “the IRS has no business censoring what a pastor preaches from the pulpit” and noted that his organization is “attempting to bring the era of the IRS censorship and intimidation to an end by challenging the Johnson Amendment, which imposes unconstitutional restrictions on clergy speech.”
National Review: Hellwege, with the aid of Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal organization that focuses on religious-freedom violations, has filed suit against the Tampa Family Health Centers, Inc. (TFHC), for violating both federal and state law.
Yuma Sun: “Only man-woman couples are capable of furthering the state’s interest in linking children to both of their biological parents,’’ argued attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom. And they said the vast majority of such couples produce their own biological children.
AZ Family: “We are here, first of all, to celebrate the enactment of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a piece of common-sense legislation that protects Arizona women and children,” Natalie Decker, legal counsel to ADF told 3TV’s Jill Galus. “We also are calling for an immediate investigation into this Planned Parenthood facility in particular.”
Life News: “New Hampshire has created an expansive anti-speech zone that cannot survive constitutional scrutiny,” said Tierney, with the Manchester firm of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC, and one of more than 2,400 attorneys allied with ADF. “As the Supreme Court recently indicated, censorship zones have no place on public ways and sidewalks.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: Three-acre minimum – that was what New Generation Christian Church in Rockdale County, Georgia was told it must buy if it wanted access to property for its worship services.