Do Lawyers Have a 1st Amendment Right to Be Cross with Judges?

Florida: Amendment 6 would prohibit tax money for abortion

Florida Supreme Court justice calls politics a threat to legal system

Florida School’s Ban On Student Invitations to Church Easter Egg Hunt Is Unconstitutional

“Polls in Fla., Ohio and Va. see same-sex marriage support” | Washington Post

State Legislators Uniting to Protect Religious Freedom | Brian Walsh at National Review

Religious freedom caucuses set up in Kansas Legislature, eight other states

School districts in California and Florida recognize LGBT Month

Abortion issue raises privacy concerns in Florida

Black faith leaders announce campaign goal to strip 25 percent of black vote from Obama

Florida Supreme Court judges fight for their jobs

    Reuters: Facing unprecedented political opposition, three Florida Supreme Court justices are fighting back against Republicans and conservative activists seeking to change the balance in the state’s highest court by getting voters to fire them. Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince face what is called a “merit retention” vote in November.


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com

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Atheists complain about Fla. Sheriff’s call to prayer in wake of teen’s shooting

    FFRF: As Sheriff, your overt promotion of religion using your official title, badge, and seal gives the unfortunate impression that the County supports and endorses particular religious rituals . . . pparently, the OSCO believes that this prayer will lower crime: “According to Chaplain Willie James Barnes, praying for safer streets is something that works. He was part of a similar project with Orlando police in 2008. ‘It worked. We did it all over the city of Orlando, and I’ll tell you the crime rate went down,’ said Barnes.” The members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation believe that nothing fails like prayer. Prayer is the ultimate cop-out, the ultimate admission that the invoker is giving up, is transferring personal responsibility to an imaginary being. It is particularly vexing to see people congratulate themselves for praying or holding a prayer rally, instead of taking meaningful action, such as working for rational regulation assault rifles and those who purchase them.


  • Posted: 10/04/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Poll: Bill Nelson With Narrow Lead in Florida Senate Race

Florida: Abortion amendment attracts big-dollar opposition

Florida: Proposed abortion amendment rekindles debate on limits

Republican Party Aims to Remake Florida Supreme Court

Lesbian custody dispute gets messy in wake of novel Florida rulings

Florida Supreme Court Justices cry foul in face of conservative ouster campaign

ADF: Free speech victory at Palm Beach State College

Florida: Groups say abortion amendment would impose religious dogma

Joint Chiefs of Staff General Asks Preacher Not To Back Anti-Muslim Film

Florida Democratic County Official Resigns Over His Remarks About Christian Supporters of Israel

Florida judges objecting to some new court rules

    Bradenton.com: The Florida Supreme Court listened but also responded Wednesday as three lower court judges and a high-profile lawyer criticized new rules for the state courts, including term limits for chief judges and new limits on what judges are permitted to say. The high court set off a firestorm in February by adopting rules limiting judges’ comments to lawmakers and others about the court system and setting eight-year term limits for chief circuit and district court of appeal judges.


  • Posted: 09/05/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.bradenton.com

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Easter Egg Hunts and Religious Freedom

Lawsuit: Students should be able to distribute religious literature

Jacksonville, FL rejects sexual orientation ordinance in face of “Protect First Liberties” stickers

Federal Court: Florida can’t eliminate 4 days of early voting without Federal approval

Federal Court of Appeals Reverse Florida Ten Commandments Ruling in Favor of the ACLU

Mack Wins Senate Nod; Mica Over Adams In Florida’s 7th

ACLU: Federal judge orders Ocala, Florida school to allow gay straight alliance

“The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries” | Center for American Progress

Abortions down 20 percent in Florida since 2006

Boca Rotan mosque opens for total of 43 mosques in 3 Florida counties

    Sun-Sentinel: The Muslim community in South Florida has been steadily growing over the past few years. About 110,000 Muslims live in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, expanding about 10 percent a year over the past eight years, said Nezar Hamze, executive director of the South Florida chapter of theCouncil on American-Islamic Relations. Most of the population are immigrants, Hamze said, with South Asians, including natives of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, in the majority. New mosques have been opening steadily: Additional prayer centers in Miami and Boynton Beach are in the approval process, for a total of 43 mosques in the three counties, he said.


  • Posted: 08/10/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: articles.sun-sentinel.com

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Florida Supreme Court to hear lesbian in-vitro case in October

Judge dismisses lawsuit trying to throw 3 Florida Supreme Court justices off ballot

Miami-Dade School Superintendent backs off threat to cancel church lease over homosexual teachings

“Courts mull whether illegal immigrants can be licensed to practice law”

Florida: Gov’t official trying to restrict pastor’s speech

Florida AG Pam Bondi mentioned as being on Romney VP short list

Miami-Dade Schools Rent to Community Groups, But Want to Exclude Pastor Who Preachers against Homosexuality

Coral Gables to offer DP benefits after lesbian policy complaint

In Face of Lawsuit, County Willing To Remove 10 Commandments, But Sponsor Refuses

Judge Issues Ruling In Obama-eligibility Case: Addresses question of whether dual citizen can be ‘natural born’

Florida: Will schools adopt new prayer policies?

Florida: Church Autonomy Does Not Bar Defamation and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims

Florida Judge Lets Voter Purge Continue

Florida: Ed. Dept. sees no problem with discrimination

Florida Department of Education: No First Amendment Problem with Religious Discrimination

Florida: Ocala Commission keeps praying, despite legal question

Labor union limits focus to 8 battleground states

Video: Senator Cornyn Calls For Eric Holder’s Resignation, Holder Responds

Florida, Rick Scott Sue Feds Over Voter Purge

Florida: Controversial Pastor Hangs Obama In Effigy To Protest Marriage and Abortion Stances

Florida AG won’t rule out suing feds over stonewalling noncitizen voter hunt

Fla. Gov. Scott requests review of 3 justices’ actions

Florida Lesbian IVF Parental-Rights Case Draws Attention

Florida to defy DOJ in continuing purge of ineligible voters

Jackson Co., Florida: Area Churches Fighting For Baccalaureate Tradition

“Florida poll: Quarter of voters less inclined to back Obama over gay marriage issue”

53,000 Dead Voters Found in Florida

Volusia County Council OKs domestic partnership registry

11th Circuit: Teacher fired over out of wedlock pregnancy can sue Christian school

Alan E. Sears: ADF Defends the Right of Children to Live Their Faith

Florida: Church, city at odds over ‘prayer and produce’ stand in Lakeland

Easter invitations at heart of lawsuit

Group Says E-mail of Department Head’s Prayer To Employees Violated Establishment Clause

Fla. school creates legal scramble with ban on 4th-grader’s Easter egg hunt fliers

Florida pastor burns Korans; fined for burning without a permit

Florida: Cape council votes to sue church over unpaid sewer, water assessments

Florida: “Clay School Board chairwoman: Proposal could ease tensions over school prayer”

    Florida Times-Union: The board will discuss a proposed policy change on how non-school entities use campus property. It would require the groups to meet at least 30 minutes before or after school lets in or out and also asks for event organizers to provide the board with the names, addresses and birth dates of adult attendees 10 days before any gathering. Board Chairwoman Carol Studdard said that should make it possible for Green Cove Springs pastor Ron Baker to continue praying with students and parents at Clay schools. The board stopped that last fall, and that led to the ongoing public outcry and scrutiny.


  • Posted: 04/20/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: m.jacksonville.com

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Florida Pro-Life Groups Launch Parental Consent Campaign

Florida: Pro-life group launches ‘Yes on 6′ constitutional amendment campaign

Ricky Polston named next Chief Justice for Fla. Supreme Court

Suit Challenges Exclusion of Religious College From Florida Tuition Grant Program | Religion Clause Blog