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

Firearms company fights ObamaCare’s abortion pill mandate | Live Action News

Federal Government Launches Investigation of Planned Parenthood | David Bohon at the New American

Obama Admin Will Not Oppose Christian-Run Scope Business Filing Lawsuit Over Birth Control Mandate | Christian Post

Step By Step, ‘Small’ Cases Regain Legal Ground for the Gospel | Alan Sears at Charisma News

Mom’s School Prayers Stir Legal Fight in N.H. | Concord Monitor

    Concord Monitor: The Alliance Defending Freedom will provide legal services to Lizarda Urena of Concord to challenge the Concord School District’s decision to disallow her from praying on school property . . . Matthew Sharp, general counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said yesterday the group has not filed a lawsuit and is still determining how to move forward. The group provides all legal services pro bono.
    “We think the facts in this one really matter,” Sharp said. “She was (praying) passively. I think she was providing a great example there of just a mother that is passionate about wanting what’s best for her kids.” Sharp argues that Urena’s speech is protected under the First Amendment and that the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s assertion that her praying violates the separation of church and state is “blatantly false.” “It’s the private speech of a parent, not the endorsed speech of the school,” he said.

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Florida university gets ‘red light’ for new speech code policy | One News Now

New Hampshire district tells mom she can no longer pray on school’s steps | Fox News (AP)

Arizona Health Dept. Numbers Show Hopeful Drop in Abortions | The New American

Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum Make Rounds with Conservatives in Iowa | U.S. News and World Report

    U.S. News and World Report: The summit, which coincides with another common stomping ground for presidential wannabes in the Iowa State Fair, also brings leaders of influential conservative causes together with the aspiring politicians. Representatives of the National Organization for Marriage, which has led the effort to prevent legalization of same-sex marriage, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which advocates for more religious displays in public spaces, and the Concerned Women of America, a women’s group that supports abortion restrictions, are all scheduled to speak.

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General Accounting Office to audit Planned Parenthood for taxpayer fraud

School prayer pits mom against NH school district | Dayton Daily News (AP)

Businesses Struggle With ‘Contraception Mandate’ As Lawsuits Play Out

Obama administration, in court brief, supports prayer at public meetings | Baptist Press at Townhall

Federal Judge Rules City Can’t Thwart Mobile Ultrasound’s Efforts to ‘Save Lives of Unborn Children’ | Christian News Network

Planned Parenthood announces a new string of clinic closures | Live Action News

Arizona group to help NH mom fight to pray near school | KTAR

GAO Plans Full Audit on Planned Parenthood

“Ted Cruz Steals Rick Santorum’s Thunder Among Iowa Evangelicals” | Caffeinated Thoughts

Businesses struggle with ‘contraception mandate’ as lawsuits play out

GAO opens investigation into Planned Parenthood’s use of taxpayer money | Fox News