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Thomas More: The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm, based in Ann Arbor, MI, filed a federal lawsuit yesterday challenging Portland, Maine’s Ordinance 17-108, which creates a 39-foot “buffer zone” around Portland’s one abortion clinic, Portland Health Center which is run by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Portland attorney, Stephen C. Whiting, is local co-counsel in the case.
The New American: “Gary McCaleb a coalition member as well as a vice president with the conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom, said that ‘suppressing religion is wrong whether it is done behind an Iron Curtain or in a dorm hallway. Certainly such raw anti-religious discrimination has no place in America’s Air Force.’”
Bible verse removal mobilizes conservative legal groups to prepare for battle with Air Force Academy | The Blaze
The Blaze: “Gary McCaleb, another coalition member who serves as chief solicitor and executive vice president for strategy implementation at Alliance Defending Freedom, added that ‘suppressing religion is wrong whether it is done behind an Iron Curtain or in a dorm hallway.’”
Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition offers legal aid to Bible verse cadets | ChristianNewsWire
Christian News Wire: “Gary McCaleb, Chief Solicitor and Executive Vice President for Strategy Implementation at Alliance Defending Freedom: ‘Suppressing religion is wrong whether it is done behind an Iron Curtain or in a dorm hallway. Certainly such raw anti-religious discrimination has no place in America’s Air Force.’”
Charisma News: “‘Suppressing religion is wrong whether it is done behind an Iron Curtain or in a dorm hallway. Certainly such raw anti-religious discrimination has no place in America’s Air Force,’ noted Gary McCaleb, chief solicitor and executive vice president for Strategy Implementation at Alliance Defending Freedom.”
Fox News: “The Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition, a group of two dozen like-minded religious liberty organizations, announced Thursday that they are ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for writing Bible verses on their hallway whiteboards. . . . ‘Suppressing religion is wrong whether it is done behind an Iron Curtain or in a dorm hallway,’ said Gary McCaleb, of the Alliance Defending Freedom. ‘Certainly such raw anti-religious discrimination has no place in America’s Air Force.’”
CBS Detroit: “A federal judge has dismissed a conservative Christian advocacy group’s lawsuit against a Muslim rights organization over the cancellation of a speech by an anti-Muslim speaker at a southwestern Michigan school.” The opinion in Agema v. City of Allegen is here (via CAIR).
CBS Atlanta: “A Catholic Navy chaplain is the target of retaliation from the federal government after he refused to stop practicing religious services during the recent government shutdown, a lawsuit against the Department of Defense alleges.”
Religion Clause: “In Ave Maria Foundation v. Sebelius, (ED MI, Jan. 13, 2014), a Michigan federal district court granted a preliminary injunction to five non-profit organizations, including the Thomas More Law Center, barring the government from requiring them to comply with the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate accommodation for religious non-profits.”
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney David Cortman points out that the administration lost 88 percent of the court rulings. Cortman, David (ADF)”Unjust laws such as these are not valid laws,” he states. “In light of all the legal victories against the mandate, the wisest course is for the administration to stop wasting taxpayer resources on these cases and once and for all end its attacks on the First Amendment.” ADF attorney Matt Bowman adds that courts issued a flurry of orders against the mandate, even in the waning days of the last year. “Many people have seen the administration’s failures and scandals over the past year, particularly involving ObamaCare and government overreach,” says Bowman, “but not many things illustrate those failures more concretely than the administration’s record of losses on its abortion pill mandate.”
Religion Clause Blog: A press release from the Thomas More Law Center reports that on Dec. 20 a new lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate was filed on behalf of five non-profit corporations, all founded by Catholic philanthropist and Domino Pizza founder Tom Monaghan
Religion Clause Blog: On Tuesday, a petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Eden Foods Inc. v. Sebeius, (cert. filed 11/12/2013) . . . As reported by BNA Daily Report for Executives [subscription required], the Christian college has now filed a motion and supporting Memorandum of Law (full text) seeking a similar preliminary injunction for the health plan covering its employees.
Jenna Greene at National Law Journal: Christian public interest law groups the Thomas More Law Center and the Alliance Defending Freedom have brought about two dozen suits, arguing that the law violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment. In addition, the American Center for Law and Justice, led by Supreme Court advocate Jay Sekulow, has filed least seven suits.
AP: Racial tensions and gang problems were plaguing a Northern California high school when three students arrived for classes in 2010 wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.
World Net Daily: The federal government has folded in a fight over Catholic services for church members on a Navy base in Georgia, but a lawsuit that was filed in the dispute will continue because backtracking doesn’t “erase” the constitutional issues that developed, according to a law firm arguing on behalf of parishioners there.
Blog of the Legal Times: In a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Father Ray Leonard said he was told to stop providing Catholic religious services at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Kings Bay, Georgia, even on a volunteer basis, or else face arrest. | Thomas More Law Center Press Release
Stephen Beale at Crisis Magazine: “When you start recognizing same-sex marriage, these cases are going to start coming up,” said Jim Campbell, an Alliance for Defense attorney involved in the New Mexico case.
Reliigion Clause Blog: In Stand Up America Now v. City of Dearborn, (ED MI, Aug. 30, 2013), a Michigan federal district court held unconstitutional Dearborn ordinances requiring applicants for a special event permit to sign an indemnification agreement, with terms established in the unfettered discretion of the the city’s legal department.
This past Friday, Federal District Court Judge Colleen Kollar- Kotelly of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, issued a preliminary injunction banning the enforcement of the HHS Mandate in a lawsuit filed by The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Religion Clause Blog: The federal court lawsuit was filed by the PLC and by the two brothers who are each 50% owners of the firm. One brother is Catholic and the other is Protestant. The complaint (full text) in Willis & Willis PLC v. Sebelius, (D DC, filed 7/24/2013), challenges required coverage for contraceptives plaintiffs consider to be abortifacients.
In Broad Win, Small Business Gets Preliminary Injunction Against Required ACA Emergency Contraception Coverage
Religion Clause Blog: In Beckwith Electric Company, Inc. v. Sebelius, (MD FL, June 25, 2013), a Florida federal district court granted a for-profit small business and its owner a preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing the contraceptive coverage mandate to require plaintiffs to cover emergency contraceptives for the company’s 168 employees.
MI: Removing High School Student from Class for Saying “I Don’t Accept Gays” Violates First Amendment
Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: So holds yesterday’s decision in Glowacki v. Howell Public School Dist. (E.D. Mich. June 19, 2013) . . . The court goes on to conclude that McDowell’s action was based on Daniel’s viewpoint, and thus violated the First Amendment; it also concludes that “because the undisputed material facts establish that McDowell should have understood that his conduct was unlawful, he is not entitled to qualified immunity with respect to Plaintiffs’ request for nominal damages.”
Kristi Burton Brown at LiveActionNews: [A]s a guy you can try to legally stop her from having an abortion. I’ll be honest and tell you that the law usually doesn’t side with dads, but I think it is always worth a try – that way you did everything in YOUR power to save your child. There are several legal organizations that may help you at no cost. You can contact Alliance Defending Freedom, the Thomas More Law Center, the ACLJ, Liberty Counsel, or the American Freedom Law Center, and see if they can help you try to get a restraining order against an abortion or give you other advice.
Religion Clause Blog: On Wednesday the Thomas More Law Center announced that it has filed a federal civil rights action on behalf of a Houston, Texas Christian street preacher who was arrested three different by Houston police. According to the press release . . .
Womenenews via Reuters: On May 22, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit center based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is hoping that the 7th Court of Appeals in Chicago will issue an injunction so its client, Grote Industries, won’t be subjected to fines for not providing the contraceptive coverage required by law since Jan. 1. (newly added to Reuters)
Womensenews.org: “Nonprofit centers like ours that depend on donations are representing these small businesses pro bono because in addition to the fines, the cost of lawyers, travel and other expenses in pursuing these cases would wipe out the assets that took generations for the owners of these small businesses to accumulate,” said Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, in a phone interview. His group has 44 in-house attorneys and more than 2,400 volunteer attorneys.
LifeNews: The lawsuit was brought on behalf four brothers, Terrence, John, James and Christopher Nagle and their family-owned business, M&N Plastics, Inc. The case has been assigned to Federal District Judge Victoria A. Roberts.
Religion News Service: A former adviser to Sarah Palin and an attorney with a long record of advocating conservative causes, will become the first spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the USCCB announced Monday (April 29).
Rees Lloyd at News with Views: For the first time in some twelve years, Americans will be able to exercise their First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion rights by attending Easter Sunrise Services at the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial – with the Cross established there by veterans to honor veterans once again intact . . . “We want to thank all those who fought so hard to save the cross. The VFW. The American Legion. Liberty Institute. Alliance Defending Freedom. Thomas More Law Center. The California Legionnaires of the Defense of Veterans Memorials Project. And so many more,” said Mrs. Sandoz. “We are very, very grateful to them.”
The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national non-profit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that it has filed its fourth legal challenge to the HHS Mandate. This fourth case was filed yesterday on behalf of Michael Potter, Chairman and President of Eden Foods and his for-profit company, Eden Foods, Inc. in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
LifeNews: Today, Thomas Beckwith, a devout Southern Baptist, and his family-owned Beckwith Electric Company, Inc, filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new form of tyranny and religious persecution—the HHS Mandate.
Bill Donohue at Newsmax: While there have been many organizations fighting the foes of Christmas — the Catholic League, the Thomas More Law Center, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Family Association — without the participation of men and women in our nation’s towns, villages, and cities, we wouldn’t be winning. Here are a few examples:
Andy Norman at Bell Towers: Most scholars, jurists, and those who love God recognize that preserving our religious freedoms in the United States today is inseparably linked with promoting religious diversity. When the new, the small, the controversial, and the unpopular are able to express their beliefs freely, we all benefit. That freedom, however, comes under attack every Christmastime. . . . In support of an accurate reading of the Establishment Clause numerous groups have joined the battle in recent years. These include the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian Legal Society, TMLC, Liberty Council and many others. Thanks to these organizations and the private law firms and attorneys willing to take these cases, the tide may be turning.
Daily Herald: The Arlington Heights Park District and the Thomas More Society said Monday they are hopeful their dispute over a Nativity scene for the Arlington Heights holiday display won’t reach the lawsuit stage, but attorneys have not yet reached a solution. On Friday the Thomas More Society filed a complaint with the Arlington Heights Park District because it rejected a Nativity scene for the annual holiday display in North School Park. The park district said it rejected the offer in part because it uses only its own lights for the display and because the theme of the display is children’s toys.
Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: Can an American citizen exercise his religion through his privately-owned business? The fate of Obamacare’s disturbing HHS contraception mandate turns on that question, and now the federal courts are split on the answer regarding an issue very likely to end up at the U.S. Supreme Court . . . Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)—the largest religious-liberty legal organization and network in the country—is representing several companies, and has won the first round in two cases so far. These are Newland v. Sebelius in Colorado, and Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius in D.C. In fact, ADF is representing companies in at least seven lawsuits, including two plaintiffs in my home state of Indiana. Thomas More Law Center is representing another early success, representing Weingartz Supply Company in Michigan, while the Becket Fund suffered an early setback representing Hobby Lobby. And yet another—Liberty Institute—is preparing to launch litigation.
Complaint to IRS Against Catholic Bishops is Bogus ‘Scare Tactic,’ Religious Rights Attorneys Say | CNSNews
CNSNews: Erik Stanley, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), said flatly that CREW’s complaint is “bogus.” “This is a favorite tactic of advocacy groups that believe in a radical secularist view of America,” Stanley …
LifeNews: Another plaintiff has won a court ruling against the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate. Federal District Court Judge Robert H. Cleland of the Eastern District of Michigan issued an opinion yesterday evening granting a motion for Preliminary Injunction that effectively halts enforcement of the HHS mandate against Plaintiffs Weingartz Supply Company and its owner and president, Daniel Weingartz. | Ruling: Legatus v. Sebelius | Thomas More Law Center press release
Thomas More Law Center: The City of Frankenmuth, Michigan formally rejected a demand by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) to remove a 55 foot steel American Bicentennial Cross on city-owned land. In a July letter, AU claimed the Cross on public land unlawfully endorses and promotes Christianity, and asked Frankenmuth to remove the cross or face “a significant risk of litigation.”
Thomas More Law Center: The Government attorney, on the other hand, argued that because Weingartz was a secular corporation it had no constitutional right to free exercise of religion or free speech. The Government also contended that the organization Legatus lacked standing, as the group was a non-profit company potentially eligible for a one year safe-harbor from the law.
Thomas More Law Center: This Friday, September 28, 2012, Federal District Judge Robert H. Cleland, of the Eastern District of Michigan, will hear oral arguments in Thomas More Law Center’s motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop implementation of the HHS mandate. The oral arguments are scheduled to begin at 9:30am, in Courtroom #712, at the U.S. Courthouse in Detroit, Michigan.
The Thomas More Law Center, yesterday afternoon, filed its opening brief in support of its motion for a Preliminary Injunction to stop enforcement of the HHS Mandate.
The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it is representing the City of Frankenmuth, Michigan concerning a constitutional challenge to the 55 foot cross located on public land. The stainless steel cross, constructed with private donations, was erected in1976 as a part of the City’s celebration of America’s Bicentennial.
Thomas More Law Center: The Federal lawsuit involved the disciplinary action taken against Captain Fields after he refused orders to attend a Mosque event because it conflicted with his Christian faith and had nothing to do with any official police function. He also told his superiors that he would not require any of his subordinates to follow the order if they shared similar religious convictions.
New Evidence of Corruption Involving Sale of Michigan Public School Property to the Islamic Cultural Association
Thomas More Law Center: A stunning new development has come to light surrounding allegations of public corruption over the sale of Farmington Public Schools (FPS) property to the Islamic Cultural Association (ICA). On Wednesday, August 8th, Reverend Bruce D. Burwell, Senior Pastor of Light of the World Christian Center in West Bloomfield, read aloud a prepared statement on how the person in charge of FPS properties told him the property was not for sale when he expressed an interest in purchasing it for his church. FPS subsequently sold the vacant Eagle Elementary school property to the Islamic Cultural Association.
Feds Backpedal On Contraceptive Mandate, Again: 2nd set of plaintiffs told requirement won’t be enforced for now
WorldNetDaily: Regarding the Denver case, Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom represents Hercules Industries, and said the government mandate on contraception is blatantly unconstitutional, and he expects the case to be watched very closely by the Catholic Church and other challengers to the mandate. “This case does not involve stopping anybody from doing anything in terms of employees,” Bowman told WND. “What it involves is using Obamacare to impose mandates on families who are just wanting to earn a living, forcing them to violate their faith and to facilitate things that violate their faith simply because they’re Americans who want to have a business and follow their religious values.”
Thomas More Law Center: The case before Judge Cleland was filed on May 6, 2012 by the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on behalf of Legatus, the Nation’s largest organization of top Catholic business leaders, and the Ann Arbor-based Weingartz Supply Company, and its president Daniel Weingartz.
One News Now: A Christian has won a long legal battle for the right to continue displaying a nativity scene in public. Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) explains that the display has been used for years in Warren, Michigan and has become a holiday fixture.
How Appealing links to the ruling and offers this excerpt: According to today’s opinion, in challenging the law, the plaintiffs alleged that “the expression and practice of their anti-homosexual religious beliefs will lead to federal investigation and prosecution under the Act, in violation of their First Amendment rights.”
Satawa v. Macomb County Road Commission, No. 11-1612 (6th Cir. Aug. 1, 2012)
Report: “Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa”
PublicEye.org (authored by Kapya John Kaoma and published by Political Research Associates): Conference panelists varied from a new brand of less vitriolic pro-traditional family advocates such as Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at University of Virginia, to Piero Tozzi, an attorney for the right-wing Christian group the Alliance Defense Fund, to Floyd Godfrey, a practitioner of the harmful and discredited practice of reparative or conversion therapy for “treating” same-sex attraction . . . The ACLJ is now one of the principal legal advocacy groups in the conservative movement, along with the Alliance Defense Fund, Liberty Counsel, the Liberty Institute, and the Thomas More Law Center.
Republic (AP): Catholic business leaders are suing the Obama administration and Health and Human Services officials to block a federal rule that requires employers and individuals to get health insurance to cover contraceptives and sterilizations. The Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center says Tuesday that the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of Legatus. | Thomas More Law Center press release and link to the complaint
LVTSG.com: According to a Fox News story which aired yesterday (click here to see the Fox News video ), the Commandant of Camp Pendleton, California, Colonel Nicholas F. Marano, USMC, is expected to rule shortly on whether two memorial crosses erected atop Mount Horno can remain in place.
Dearborn’s New Tactic to Stop Pastor Terry Jones Fails; Federal Judge Orders City to Allow Speech in Front of Mosque On Saturday
Late this morning, Detroit Federal District Judge, Denise Page Hood, granted the Thomas More Law Center’s motion for an Emergency Temporary Restraining Order and enjoined the City of Dearborn from requiring Pastor Jones to sign a Hold Harmless’ agreement before approving his application to speak in front of a mosque on Saturday, April 7th.
Thomas More Law Center Files Lawsuit: City of Dearborn Employs New Tactic to Silence Christian Pastor
Christian Newswire: Yesterday afternoon, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the Federal District Court against the City of Dearborn, and its police chief over the City’s new tactic to stop Pastor Terry Jones from speaking out against Sharia law.
One News Now: A law firm that defends and promotes Christian heritage and moral values has reportedly become the target of several international Islamic news agencies. The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) says the Islamic news outlets have recently targeted the firm and its president, Richard Thompson . . .
The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it has appealed a controversial decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeal was filed in the case of Bradley Johnson v. Poway Unified School District late last week.
TPMMuckraker: This suit is just one of many that argues that “religious liberty” is at stake as LGBT rights expand. And, along with the Alliance Defense Fund, the Thomas More Law Center dedicates itself to fighting against “a culture increasingly hostile to Christians and their faith.”
Student Sues School District and Teacher Over Punishment Received After He Expressed His Religious Belief Opposing Homosexuality
THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48105 PH: 734-827-2001, FX: 734-930-7160 NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: December 15, 2011 Contact: Kathleen L. Lynch, (734) 827-2001 Attached: PDF version Student Sues School District and Teacher …
OneNewsNow.com: Phill Kline angered pro-abortion politicos by conducting a probe of Planned Parenthood when he was attorney general, finding that the abortion provider was performing abortions on minors without parental involvement and without reporting the crimes to authorities.
LifeNews.com: Indiana officials filed a legal brief on Monday with a federal appeals court asking that it reverse a judge’s decision this summer overturning its new comprehensive pro-life law that limits abortions and de-funds Planned Parenthood.
Thomas More Law Center to Appeal Controversial Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Decision Outlawing Classroom Banners Mentioning “God,” Including our National Motto
The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it will petition for an en banc review of the controversial Ninth Circuit Court 3-judge panel decision that overturned a lower court decision, which had upheld the right of a school teacher to display patriotic banners in his classroom that mentioned God.
The Blog of Legal Times: The Thomas More Law Center today announced that it had filed its petition for certiorari in Thomas More Law Center v. Obama, its challenge to a June 29 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit that upheld the so-called “individual mandate” under the landmark health care legislation.
Rev. Austin Miles at Examiner.com: That is only a few of the cases this year. Other Christian law firms who are funded by Christinas and can represent defendants free of charge, include Thomas More Law Center, Alliance Defense Fund headed by Alan Sears, and American Center of Law and Justice (ACLJ) headed by Jay Sekulow . . .
LifeNews.com (6/28): Three pro-life legal groups have weighed in on the case — including the American Center for Law and Justice, Alliance Defense Fund and Thomas More Society — and they have said the law is constitutional. Planned Parenthood of Indiana in 2008 suspended an employee after a video showed the staffer covering up a girl’s statutory rape.
President Obama’s controversial health care law got a major boost Wednesday when the first ruling by a federal appeals court affirmed that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage.
Washington Examiner: President Obama’s solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn’t like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.
This past Friday, an angry, hate-filled, unruly, mostly Muslim mob of several hundred people broke through police barricades and rushed across the street toward Pastor Terry Jones while he was speaking in front of the Dearborn, Michigan City Hall. The mob was yelling and screaming, making obscene gestures, holding Korans, throwing shoes and water bottles at Pastor Jones and his supporters.
Press and Guide: Jones was thrown in jail before he said anything because of what may have happened. Thompson has said what happened in Jones’ case was a complete breach of the first amendment and that it cries for appeal. “It is ironic when an American citizen is arrested for wanting to say something, and the reason why they are arrested is because people are afraid of what other people might do when the man speaks and that makes it wrong.”
Wall Street Journal: Now, the law firm representing Jones, the conservative Thomas More Law Center, says it will file an appeal tomorrow challenging the court verdict as unconstitutional. Richard Thompson, chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said the verdict amounted to a prior restraint of Jones’ First Amendment rights.
National Catholic Register: A high-profile clash between the city of Dearborn, Mich., and an evangelical group with outreach to Muslims is raising questions about the propriety of proselytism and whether American towns are accepting sharia law.
Rees Lloyd writes at World Net Daily: “A joint statement of two of America’s greatest living military heroes – Adm.l Jeremiah A. Denton (USN, ret.), a POW for seven years, seven months in Vietnam, and Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady (USA, ret.), Medal of Honor recipient – calling for the 112th Congress to reinstate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which was repealed in a rush by the lame-duck session of the Pelosi-Reid-Obama 111th Congress, has sparked a strong and growing response. That response has ranged from an almost immediate action by American Legionnaires in California to pass a formal resolution calling on the 112th Congress to reinstate DADT, to endorsement and re-publication of the joint statement of Adm. Denton and Gen. Brady by such national organizations as the Thomas More Law Center and the Alliance Defense Fund . . . ”
Thomas More Law Ctr.: “The Thomas More Law Center, yesterday afternoon, filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that it reverse a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision which upheld San Francisco’s virulent anti-Catholic resolution . . . ”