Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Austin R. Nimocks on a “Closer Look” with Sheila Liaugminas: Ridiculous? Court says 7 million pro-marriage voters acted out of “animus”
Austin R. Nimocks on a “Closer Look” with Sheila Liaugminas: | MP3 audio 22:46 mins
Dale Schowengerdt on the Victoria Taft Show: How will SCOTUS respond to marriage gymnastics in the lower courts?
Jordan Lorence on The Think Tank with Garland Robinette: The Good of Marriage, Society, and the 1st Circuit
CBN (includes video): “Christians in the marketplace should not be penalized for abiding by their beliefs anymore than anyone else should,” Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence said in a statement after the original ruling by the commission. “The government cannot make people choose between their faith and their livelihood,” he said. “Could the government force a vegetarian videographer to create a commercial for the new butcher shop in town? American business owners do not surrender their constitutional rights at the marketplace gate.” The Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the studio, plans to appeal the latest court ruling.
Red Alert Politics (embeds ADF video): The Alliance Defense Fund warns in a new video that abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood stand to pocket just under $1 billion from Obamacare paycheck deductions.
LifeNews (video embedded): With the presidential election in full swing, the pro-life Alliance Defense Fund legal group has a new video out explaining the premium and how it could funnel as much as $1 billion to the abortion industry. [multiple quotes]
KASU 91.9 FM (includes audio): The ruling won’t go into effect until it can be appealed, most likely to the U.S. Supreme Court. Which will certainly happen, says Dale Showengert, an attorney at the conservative Alliance Defense Fund. He says the legislatures in the states and Congress are the ones to decide what a legal marriage looks like. DALE SHOWENGERT: Marriage is a particularly important social institution, and so any watershed change in its definition should come through the legislative process and not the courts.
Greg Baylor appeared on the radio to discuss the litigation. These broadcasts were recorded within the last two weeks. | Viewpoints with Lockwood Phillps, MP3 audio 20:03 mins | The Hugh Hewitt Show, MP3 audio 10:22 mins | ADF comment on 12 new lawsuits against Obama abortion pill mandate
Kevin Theriot appeared on Family Policy Matters with Bill Brooks on the NC Family Policy Council. | MP3 audio 14:29 mins | ADF launches new nationwide effort to change unconstitutional policies at public universities
Matt Bowman debates Tucker Culbertson at Syracuse Law School: Religious Freedom and the Birth Control Mandate
Fred Mogul at NY Times (includes audio): Jordan Lorence, a lawyer who represents the churches, has argued that accommodating religious expression is very different from endorsing it. He said if the city was concerned about confusing students because their schools host worship services on Sundays — which the city has argued in court — then it should really worry about children who go to unmistakably Christian and Jewish buildings every school day. “Under their own criteria, those seem to be much more serious than what’s happening on the weekends,” said Mr. Lorence, a lawyer at the Alliance Defense Fund. “The school district is in the weird and strange and contradictory situation of: schools meeting in former church schools, O.K.; churches meeting in schools, not O.K. And I just don’t see a whole lot of difference there.”
Huffington Post (Religion News Service) (5/11/2012): Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, sees the Martinez decision “lurking in the background” of other cases. He filed suit in February on behalf of the Christian anti-abortion group Make Up Your Own Mind at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The school, which does not have an all-comers policy like Hastings, was not going to formally recognize the group because officials deemed it nonreligious. “We don’t want the government determining whether a group is or is not religious,” he said.
ABC (Jim Campbell appears in the video) (5/9/12): But Jim Campbell with the Alliance Defense Fund doesn’t see it that way. For the organization fighting to keep marriage between a man and a woman, President Obama’s comment was a big surprise. “It is really surprising because in the past President Obama has so firmly spoken about how fatherless homes harm children in society, yet today’s statement is a contradiction that would create even more fatherless and motherless homes,” Campbell said.
Christian Civic League Faith Matters in Maine Update (Audio 1:03 mins): In one Faith Matters in Maine minute, Carroll Conley tells how one church is fighting taxtion by the town of Rockland with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund and the Christian Civic League.
Brooklyn Bridge Rally for Religious Freedom, Sunday Apr. 22 at 2 pm: Jordan Lorence on the Hugh Hewitt Show
Jordan Lorence on the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss this: New York Churches To March For Equal Access Sunday April 22. | MP3 audio 5:28 mins
Video Transcript at VIMEO.
Jonathan Scruggs on the Word of Truth Radio Program: Minneapolis board sued for relegating free speech to empty park space
Engage Family Blog of the WVFPC: On this week’s edition of Engaging the Issues, Austin Nimocks, Senior Legal Counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, discusses whether nondiscrimination laws can peacefully coexist with religious freedom. (Audio link)
Matt Sharp on the Hugh Hewitt Show. | MP3 audio 5:26 mins | ADF Memo: Constitutional Rights of Students, Teachers, and Public Schools to Seasonal
Casey Mattox on the Zeb Bell Show: RI Gov bypasses legislature to create pro-abortion health exchange for ObamaCare, ADF sues
ADF Attorney Jeremy Tedesco on WOAM Radio (1350am) “Breakfast with Royce and Roger” in Peoria, Illinois to discuss this: ADF responds to additional ACLU demands that schoolchildren be exposed to porn. | MP3 audio 7:52 mins
ADF Attorney Greg Baylor on the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss this: Hierarchy in higher education: Fla. offers grants for some, but not all. | MP3 audio 5:31 mins
ssue(s): (1) Whether a state agency can ban the objective use of all materials it deems “religious” from public schools (including charter schools) and universities without First Amendment scrutiny. (2) Whether the state has either a valid educational interest or a mandate from the Establishment Clause to prohibit the objective use of all religious materials in a secular curriculum. (3) Whether “political subdivisions” are barred per se from suing their states in federal court regardless of their degree of independence or type of claim.
ADF Attorney Steve Aden apeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss this: False claims and fraud: Lawsuit exposes Planned Parenthood deception. | MP3 audio 5:44 mins
Matt Sharp on WRVA 1140 AM with the Lee Brothers: School dishonors honors student’s service to children
ADF Attorney Matt Sharp appeared on WRVA 1140 Richmond, VA with Scott and Richard Lee to discuss this: School dishonors honors student’s service to children. | MP3 audio 8:47 mins
Travis Barham on The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh & Dave Householder: Christianity not a religion? Make up your own mind
ADF Attorney Travis Barham on on The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh & Dave Householder to discuss this: UNC-Greensboro: Christian club isn’t religious. | MP3 audio 23:45 mins
Oregon Faith Report: Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) allied attorneys with the Seattle law firm Ellis, Li & McKinstry, PLLC, represented pharmacists in the lawsuit, Stormans v. Selecky. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is co-counsel together with ADF, which has provided financial and legal support for the case. Americans should be able to rely on health care providers who have a conscience,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven Aden. “The court’s decision is a ringing affirmation that conscience and good health care are not only compatible, but inseparable. Allowing pharmacists to exercise their consciences in this way serves both the patients and the pharmacists. It’s a win-win situation.”
WorldNetDaily (includes video): “El Paso citizens should not live in fear of being arrested and jailed for exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster, who argued before the appeals court on Jan. 24 in Cook v. Tom Brown Ministries. “We have more than 250 signed affidavits from local citizens who are terrified that they may go to jail for their legitimate political and free speech efforts. This is America, and the mayor can’t be allowed to put his opponents in jail just because he doesn’t like the fact that they participated in a valid effort that he doesn’t favor,” said Oster.
WLJA ABC 7 (includes video): So with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based organization originally founded by James Dobson and other conservative religious leaders, the family sued.
WUSA9.com (includes video): There’s no honor in saying to an honor student, ‘your community service at a church doesn’t count,’ says Jordan Lorence who represented the teenager on behalf of the conservative Alliance Defense Fund.
Steve Aden on the Victoria Taft Show: Freedom of conscience for pharmacists prevails in Washington state
Video: “Jordan Lorence and Greg Baylor on Truth that Transforms: NYC churches battle for equal access”
The Video is posted below on YouTube and is also available at Truth in Action Ministries.
Greg Baylor on 1020 KDKA Pittsburgh with Rober Mangino: Geneva College’s challenge to the Obamacare Mandate
ADF Attorney Matt Bowman appeared on radio to discuss the Obama Mandate and the college suits . | KFUO Radio, MP3 audio 25:11 mins | The Janet Mefferd Show, MP3 audio 13:46 mins | WRKF Baton Rouge with Jim Enster, MP3 audio 51:02 mins (Matt fields a lot of questions in this broadcast)
TimesOnline (video): Geneva College already provides some contraceptive health coverage for its employees, but it is opposed to being mandated to cover birth-control methods that include embryo-killing drugs, officials at the Beaver Falls school said Tuesday. In announcing it had joined with the Alliance Defense Fund, a national coalition of about 2,000 Christian attorneys, in filing a federal lawsuit against the new national health care plan’s provisions on “preventive services,” Geneva officials said it was not about the contraceptives for them, it was about what they called “abortion-causing drugs.”
ADF President and General Counsel Alan E. Sears appeared with ADF Attorney Doug Napier, and Abbey Johnson on the Mike Gallagher Show. The show is available in three separate audio files. | First MP3 audio 53:20 | Second MP3 audio 53:20 | Third MP3 audio 53:20