Four Christian universities refuse to ‘support access to abortion, which destroys human life’: Attys

Students gather at flagpoles for prayer

    Baptist Press: The Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal ministry that “advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith”, has made available a memo explaining students’ First Amendment rights to participate in the event. “Christian students should not be prevented from peacefully expressing their beliefs outside of class time. They don’t abandon their constitutional freedoms at the schoolhouse gate,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a release announcing the memo’s availability. “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of the students’ religious or political beliefs.” . . . he First Amendment protects students’ freedom to engage in the event’s prayer and worship, ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp said in the release. “Public school officials who say otherwise are misinformed,” he said. “We hope our legal memo clarifies the freedom of students to hold and participate in this event.” To view the ADF memo, visit:

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The Manhattan Declaration Challenges and Rallies Us | Archdiocese of NY

    Ed Mechmann at the Archdiocese of NY: The Manhattan Declaration is the ecumenical statement of conscience by Christian leaders, dedicating themselves to defending life, marriage, and religious liberty . . .  This event at Columbia was co-sponsored by the Archdiocese, Alliance Defending Freedom (who have been heroic leaders in their defense of the Declaration’s core principles), the New York State Knights of Columbus, and DeSales Media from our neighboring Diocese of Brooklyn (who livestreamed the event over the internet). The event was a landmark, because it represented not only a return of the Declaration to the borough where it was signed, but because of the power of the presentations and the uplifting spirit that they gave the audience. The speakers were a powerhouse lineup of experts and activists . . .

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Legal-Courts Attorneys take sides, prepare to debate marriage before NM justices | One News Now

Hobby Lobby case headed to Supreme Court | Baptist Standard (APB)

Gideons within rights giving copies of Bible to students

Republicans file brief against marriage equality in New Mexico | Watermark Online

Christians aren’t exempt from campus speech protections | World Magazine

ADF: Client list growing to fight contraception mandate | One News Now

11 things pro-choicers don’t get | LifeSiteNews

Students Worldwide to Assemble in Prayer at School Flagpoles for ‘See You at the Pole’ Day |

Four Christian universities in Oklahoma challenge federal contraceptive coverage requirement | The Oklahoman

Oklahoma universities file lawsuit against the abortion pill mandate | Live Action News

USDA, Vermont pregnancy center settle religious liberty case | One News Now

Annual See You at the Pole Event Champions Students’ Freedom to Pray | Caffeinated Thoughts

‘We Must Obey God’: Oklahoma Christian Universities Challenge Obamacare’s Abortion Pill Mandate | Christian Post

Seminar at UN to push for pro-life, pro-family development efforts | B.C. Catholic

    BC Catholic: A U.S. religious liberty group and a Mexican development organization are holding a seminar at the United Nations to advocate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in a way that respects human life and the family. “At this crucial time in history when the sanctity of life and the human family are assaulted at every turn, there is an urgent need to address delegates of the United Nation and make them aware of the importance of protecting the dignity and freedom of every human being,” Alan Sears, the president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 18. “Every innocent life deserves to be protected,” he added. [more]

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Catholic Business Loses Contraception Mandate Appeal | CBN

Symposium: Desperate measures in Town of Greece | Eric Rassbach at SCOTUS Blog

USA, New Mexico: Briefs Filed in Marriage Equality Case | Gayapolis

Factions line up for fight over same-sex marriage in N.M. | ABQ Journal

N.M. GOP lawmakers oppose same-sex marriage in court filing | LGBTQ Nation (AP)

Freedom and Power from the Pulpit Sept. 24 |

High court asked to hear Hobby Lobby case | ABP

“Groups file briefs in gay marriage fight” | KRQE (video)

“GOP lawmakers submit legal arguments to NM court in opposition to gay marriage” | The Republic (AP)

4 Okla. Universities Challenge Obama’s Birth Control Mandate | Christian Post

The Battle For Life Continues, Regardless Of Outcomes | FRC Blog

“Are Gay-Rights Laws Trampling on Freedom of Religion?” | The Atlantic

“GOP lawmakers oppose gay marriage in court filing” | KOAT

Religious freedom denied by New Mexico Supreme Court | Washington Times

Two Decades – And Looking Forward | Alan E. Sears at Alliance Defending Freedom

    Alan Sears at Alliance Defending Freedom: What began as one attorney is now a global alliance involving hundreds of other like-minded ministries and legal organizations, as well as nearly 2,300 Christian attorneys who work alongside us in every U.S. state and many countries overseas. (Between them, these attorneys have contributed more than 824,772 pro bono hours – worth more than $158 million – to defending the freedom of people like you and your family.) Altogether, by God’s grace, we’ve had a critical part in more than 450 legal matters, including 40 at the U.S. Supreme Court – a success rate of over 80 percent.

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“GOP lawmakers oppose gay marriage in court filing” | Daily-Times (AP)

Development goals must respect life and family, UN told | CNA

4 Oklahoma Christian Colleges Join To Challenge The Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | Global Dispatch

On ObamaCare, a Life and Debt Struggle | Tony Perkins at

Free Speaking Students Under Attack |

Oklahoma colleges file lawsuit against Obama administration over federal healthcare law |

Christian Universities File Lawsuit To Fight Federal Healthcare Law |

Obama Asks Supreme Court to Review Ruling on Contraception Mandate |

Appeals on Contraception Mandate Reach Supreme Court | RH Reality Check

Headed for the high court. | World Mag. Daily Dispatches

DOJ Asks Supreme Court To Review Contraception Coverage Case | Cal. Healthline

Obama Asks Supreme Court to Review Ruling on Contraception Mandate |

HHS Mandate Lawsuits Headed to U.S. Supreme Court | Aleteia

Christian Universities Sue Challenging Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Religious freedom denied by New Mexico Supreme Court

What Does It Really Mean To “Establish” Religion? | Brett Harvey

Pro-Life Event At UN General Assembly | Turtle Bay and Beyond (UN Web TV)

ADF: History, legal precedent, Constitution – all OK with prayer proclamations | One News Now

Supreme Court to consider Morning After pill mandate | Patheos

Conestoga Wood appeals ‘Obamacare’ contraception requirement to US Supreme Court | Lancaster Online

When, not if: Conflicting court rulings set up an ObamaCare decision at the Supreme Court | LifeSiteNews

Supreme Court is asked to review ‘contraception mandate’ ruling | NBC (Reuters)

Supreme Court To Consider New Obamacare Case | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Prosecutor Wants Jail For Homeschooling Parents | WND

Colorado Christian Business Granted Preliminary Injunction Against Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | ChristianNews.Net

Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate Loses in Another Court: Another Win for Free Exercise | Heritage Foundation

“The untold risks of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions” | Tom Goldstein at SCOTUS Blog

Sloppy Sixth Circuit Ruling Rejects Challenge to HHS Mandate | Ed Whelan at NRO