MyFoxPhoenix (includes video): Napier says schools can have Christmas programs, despite what other groups may want them to think. “You have a small band of people who have no interest in schools whatsoever coming in, spreading misinformation.. it’s unconstitutional to celebrate Christmas — it’s simply not true,” he said. Napier says they’ve had three cases this year where schools have banned Christmas carols from their programs. “One school.. it was a band.. there were no words, just instrumentals, had two songs picked out by students.. traditional Christmas carols.. they got one of these letters saying you can’t do that,” he said. “We sent them an informational letter, they changed their policy, those songs are back in the program.”
Katie Yoder at Newsbusters: Sullivan and Clement wrote, “based on the data we have seen, the public, for what it’s worth, doesn’t seem to think private companies should be exempted.” . . . A Wilson Opinion Research poll commissioned by The Family Research Council along with the Alliance Defending Freedom and published Nov. 25 showed that 59 percent of likely voters oppose forcing employers to pay for employee insurance plans covering contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.
Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches: Through efforts such as Pulpit Freedom Sunday, pastors openly flout the law. Enforcement of the rule, and the revocation of a participating church’s tax-exempt status, though, could trigger a constitutional challenge to it . . . The next Pulpit Freedom Sunday is scheduled for October 5, 2014, just before the midterm elections. The website for the event, a project of the Christian right legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom, claims “the future of religious freedom depends on a free pulpit to communicate fundamental, biblical principles to congregations across America” and urges pastors to “join a growing movement of bold pastors preaching Biblical Truth about candidates and elections from their pulpits.” . . . But ADF appears determined for a showdown. Its website notes that Pulpit Freedom Sunday grew from 33 participants in 2008 to 1,621 in 2012. And ADF has offered to represent any pastor investigated by the IRS free of charge.