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Associated Press: “Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas has been called to be a national leader on moral issues, comparing past anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that helped end slavery.”
Caffeinated Thoughts: “‘Universities are supposed to be the marketplace of ideas, but this policy aims to shut that down for Kansas professors when they engage in social media,’ said Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker.”
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents Monday to explain the unconstitutionality of its new policy that restricts the free speech of university professors when they post to social media sites.
KMUW.org 89.1: Legally married same-sex couples are suing the Kansas Department of Revenue over a policy that says they must file separate state tax returns.
National Law Journal: The University of Kansas School of Law must pay a $50,000 fine for admitting two foreign attorneys into a new LL.M. program that the ABA had not approved.
One News Now: “That negative response from the school – being pulled out, called out at a dance and reprimanded for putting up your posters when everything else under the sun has been allowed – absolutely was traumatic for her,” says Matt Sharp, ADF legal counsel.
Student “See You at the Pole” Fliers Censored under District Policy | Matt Sharp on KCMO Morning Show with Greg Knapp
One News Now: Schowengerdt says the Randy Reed Automotive v. Sebelius case is about how Obamacare forces citizens to choose between making a living and living free. “It doesn’t have any business in telling these employers that they have to violate their consciences in order to stay in business,” the attorney tells OneNewsNow. [more]
Washington Times: Pro-life groups, which are eager to end research that destroys human embryos, are taking heart that funding decisions in two of the nation’s most socially liberal states are going their way.
Todd Starnes at Fox News: “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” Sharp said. “The law on this is extremely clear: School policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.”
The World and Everything In It (Dec. 3rd program): Middle school lawsuit: A Kansas middle-school student is embroiled in a lawsuit for sharing her faith at school. Alliance Defending Freedom sued in federal court after staff at Robert Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs tore down a student’s fliers featuring Bible verses. (subscription required)
Christian-Owned Auto Dealership Granted Injunction Against Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | Christian News Network
Christian News Network: The government shouldn’t be able to punish Americans for exercising their fundamental freedoms,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, who represents Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. “The administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free. We trust the Supreme Court will agree. A government that forces any citizen to participate in immoral acts—like the use of abortion drugs—under threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.”. . . The government shouldn’t be able to punish Americans for exercising their fundamental freedoms,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, who represents Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. “The administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free. We trust the Supreme Court will agree. A government that forces any citizen to participate in immoral acts—like the use of abortion drugs—under threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.”
Student Sues School District For Allegedly Banning ‘see You At The Pole’ Fliers That Included Bible Verses | The Blaze
The Blaze: Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas. The law on this is extremely clear: school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp said in a statement. “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.”
Lawsuit Filed Against Kansas School for Banning ‘See You at the Pole’ Fliers With Bible Verses | Christian Post
Christian Post: ”Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” said Matt Sharp, a legal counsel for ADF, in a statement. ”The law on this is extremely clear: school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.”
Persecution.org (Charisma): “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” says legal counsel Matt Sharp. “The law on this is extremely clear: School policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.”
Fox4kc.com: K.R., a seventh grader at Robert E. Clark Middle School, contacted the Alliance Defending Freedom and filed a lawsuit. Attorney Matthew Sharp with Alliance Defending Freedom said the school violated K.R.’s first amendment constitutional right of free speech. “Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate,” Sharp stated in the lawsuit. “Non-disruptive, private student expression is protected by the First Amendment. … The government may not discriminate against speech based on its viewpoint, regardless of the forum.”
LifeNews: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt told LifeNews: “The government has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free. Today’s order means that this family will be free from that type of coercion while higher courts are considering the administration’s mandate. If the government can force family business owners and job creators like this one to act contrary to their deepest convictions under the threat of fining them out of business, it is a danger to everybody.”
Fox News (AP): The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group based in Scottsdale, Arizona, that advocates for religious rights, contends a counselor at Robert E. Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs violated the student’s rights to free speech and equal protection by refusing to allow the student to post fliers promoting the Sept. 25 “See You at the Pole” event, a national event in which teens pray around their school flagpoles. (ACLU quoted)
WTOP.com (AP): The Alliance Defending Freedom contends a counselor at Robert E. Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs, Kan., violated the student’s rights to free speech and equal protection by refusing to let her post fliers promoting “See You at the Pole,” a national event in which students pray around their school flagpoles. [more]
Examiner.com: “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” legal counsel Matt Sharp said. “The law on this is extremely clear: school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.”
Caffeinated Thoughts: The Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit, K.R. v. Unified School District No. 204, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, explains, “Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate. Non-disruptive, private student expression is protected by the First Amendment.” Moreover, “the government may not discriminate against speech based on its viewpoint, regardless of the forum.” . . . “Marginalizing students of faith removes an important influence for good from the school community,” added Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We hope the school district will revise its policy so that students can exercise their constitutionally protected freedoms.”
Charisma News: “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” says legal counsel Matt Sharp. “The law on this is extremely clear: School policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.”
Religion Clause Blog: The complaint (full text) in K.R. v. Unified School District No. 34,(D KS, filed 11/26/2013), alleges that plaintiff, a 7th grader, was prevented by the policy from distributing flyers promoting a “See You At The Pole” prayer event, in violation of her 1st and 14th Amendment rights. ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.
Boston Herald: The Alliance Defending Freedom contends a counselor at Robert E. Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs, Kan., violated the student’s rights to free speech and equal protection by refusing to let her post fliers promoting “See You at the Pole,” a national event in which students pray around their school flagpoles
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of a student after a Kansas public school prohibited her from posting or handing out religious fliers promoting the student-led “See You at the Pole” prayer event held before school.
Religion Clause Blog: In Farah v. A-1 Careers, (D KA, Nov. 20, 2013), a Kansas federal district court dismissed a claim by a Muslim former employee of a temporary staffing agency that the agency unreasonably failed to accommodate his need to pray at noontime. The court held . . .
AP: When fliers surfaced featuring a photo and the home address of the first person to open an abortion clinic in Wichita after the 2009 slaying of abortion provider George Tiller, she used Kansas’ anti-stalking laws to force the pastor who made them to stay away from her.
The Wichita Eagle: The Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday to indefinitely suspend former state Attorney General Phill Kline from practicing law in Kansas after determining he violated professional conduct rules. | Opnion: In the matter of Phillip Dean Kline
The Catholic Key: Presentations included an update on the HHS contraception mandate by Kevin Ther[io]t of the Alliance Defending Freedom; ‘Is there a future for conscience rights in health care’ by Catholic Medical Association Executive Director John Brehany, Ph.D., STL; an historical review of religious liberty by Thomas More Society President Tom Brejcha; the interaction of privacy and religious liberty rights by attorney Eddie Greim; and a consideration of strategies for the future by National Lawyers Association President John Farnan.
AP: “It’s a free country, and there’s a right to sue on anything,” Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, the most influential anti-abortion group at the Statehouse. “But, then, to try to blame us for the money involved in defending the lawsuits is ridiculous.”
LifeNews: Today, the office of Congressman Tim Huelskamp revealed that according to one of the insurance providers in Kansas, none of the 356,000 uninsured Kansans successfully signed up for insurance on the much-hyped ObamaCare exchanges the first day.
Religion Clause Blog: Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) on Friday announced that it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the adoption by the Kansas State Board of Education of the National Academy of Sciences Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards based on that Framework. The complaint (full text) in COPE v. Kansas State Board of Education, (D KA, filed 9/26/2013) . . .
Leader & Times: The federal government removed prayer from schools more than 50 years ago, but it will go on in Liberal, led by students and allowed by the school board. Taking action on an item spontaneously added to the agenda near the end of Monday’s meeting, the USD No. 480 school board voted unanimously to allow student-led prayer at all activities in the district.
The Topeka Capital-Journal: After an evening of emotional and deeply personal debate, the Topeka City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to pass a city ordinance designed to fight prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Before a packed house in the Topeka City Council chambers, 19 people spoke about the ordinance — sponsored by Councilman Chad Manspeaker — that would allow the Human Relations Commission to help protect those groups from prejudice through education.
Kansas.com: The morning after the Kansas Senate approved Gov. Sam Brownback’s office attorney Caleb Stegall for a seat on the state Court of Appeals, a Washington-based conservative group ran a full-page ad in the Topeka newspaper thanking and congratulating all three.
Charles C. Haynes at Washington Post: Back to school means back to the culture wars for Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas.
TPM: Arizona and Kansas have taken Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s suggestion and sued the Obama administration in a continuing effort by both states to require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.
National Review Bench Memos: Kansas governor Sam Brownback has nominated his chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, to fill an opening on the Kansas Court of Appeals. The Kansas City Star reports . . .
NewsObserver: Kansas and Arizona officials have filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to force a federal elections agency to change its voter registration forms to compel proof of citizenship.
Todd Starnes at Fox News: Parents at a Wichita, Kan. elementary school were shocked to discover a giant wall display inside the building promoting the five pillars of Islam.
Religion Clause Blog: In United States v. Dillard, (D KS, Aug. 15, 2013), a Kansas federal district court dismissed a civil action brought by the United States against pro-life advocate Angela Dillard under the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
Lawyers.com: Planned Parenthood has scaled back its federal lawsuit against Kansas’ sweeping new abortion law to home in on a specific free speech issue. The suit is now focused on a new requirement that abortion providers link their websites to a state website that features hotly contested claims about abortion.
Wall Street Journal (via Google): Hell hath no fury like a lawyer scorned, or so it seems in Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is taking abuse for having the temerity to select a judicial nominee for a vacancy on the state’s Court of Appeals. According to the state bar association and its allies at the George Soros-funded Justice at Stake, Mr. Brownback should have to broadcast his shortlist of judicial nominees before he makes a selection.
Topeka Capitol Journal: Nancy Moritz, a Kansas Supreme Court justice from Topeka, has been nominated by the Obama administration for a position on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. | Official Bio and list of opinions | Hat tip: How Appealing
NRO: Now that the new process is kicking into gear, Missouri Plan advocates are throwing a conniption fit over the fact that Governor Brownback won’t publicly disclose the names of applicants for judicial vacancies.
AP: The chief federal judge in Kansas refused Sunday to temporarily block parts of a new state abortion law, including a requirement that providers’ websites link to a state site with information they dispute.
ACLU: Over the past school year, a number of state legislatures considered measures that would make it easier for public schools to introduce creationist beliefs and materials into science classrooms. And with every critical defeat, the creationism movement simply regroups and maps out yet another scheme to undermine evolution education in the public schools. Even if they are deserving of no other compliment, creationism advocates must be acknowledged for their persistence. They’re in it for the long haul, so we must be, too.
Second suit filed against anti-abortion bill: Kansans for Life defends legislation as legal challenges mount
Topeka Capitol-Journal: The state’s most influential anti-abortion lobby blasted a lawsuit filed by a regional branch of Planned Parenthood hours before another group challenged the same law on behalf of two Johnson County doctors.
Center for Reproductive Rights: The Center filed today’s lawsuit, Hodes & Nauser MDs, P.A. v. Schmidt, in state court on behalf of Dr. Herbert Hodes and Dr. Traci Nauser, a father-daughter medical team that provides a full range of ob-gyn services in Overland Park, Kan.
USA Today: Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday over a new Kansas law requiring doctors to inform women seeking abortions that they’re ending the life of a “whole, separate, unique, living human being.”
Citizen Link: . . . Governor Sam Brownback signed into law the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act (HB 2203) which codifies important legal standards to be used in legal cases involving religious liberty concerns before Kansas Courts.
Topeka Capitol-Journal: The U.S. Supreme Court five years ago sided with the Kansas high court that Topekan Daryl Hendrix couldn’t be a part of the lives of two children conceived by artificial insemination using his sperm.
Topeka Capitol-Journal: A civil liberties group says a southwest Kansas school district is planning mandatory student assemblies with a creationist organization next week, something the district called a misunderstanding.
NewsTimes.com: The American Civil Liberties Union is objecting to a southwest Kansas district’s plans to allow a pro-creationism group into its schools to talk to students about dinosaurs.
LifeNews: When we found out that the new owner of the South Wind Women’s Center abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas had a practice in our own backyard, we knew we had to stage a full-blown protest outside her office, which we did.
Chicago Tribune: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Friday signed into law a far-reaching anti-abortion bill that creates new restrictions on the procedure and defines life as beginning “at fertilization.”
James Taranto at WSJ: But as the Associated Press reports, abortion proponents are especially exercised about a provision “declaring that life begins ‘at fertilization’ ”
LifeSiteNews: Through an undercover investigation conducted by Operation Rescue, it has been learned that Chicago area abortionist Cheryl Chastine has made plans to fly to Wichita to provide abortions at South Wind Women’s Center, a proposed new abortion clinic located in George Tiller’s former abortion building on East Kellogg.
Kansas City Star: A bill defining human life as beginning at fertilization and outlawing any direct or indirect state support for abortions cruised to Senate approval Monday.
Kansas City Star: The first abortion clinic to operate in Wichita since the 2009 murder of physician George Tiller plans to open its doors this week despite continuing efforts by abortion foes to block it.
San Francisco Chronicle: The Kansas Senate has retained language in an anti-abortion bill directing doctors to provide information to women before terminating their pregnancies about a disputed potential link between abortion and breast cancer.
LifeNews: The Unborn Civil Rights bill (SB 142) passed the House yesterday by a vote of 89-33. This bill bans ‘wrongful birth and wrongful life’ lawsuits that claim a disabled child should have been aborted.
LJ World: A House committee has scheduled a public hearing for a bill that would prohibit an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable. The hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
LifeSiteNews: The Kansas House of Representatives voted 92-to-31 on Wednesday to strengthen protections for unborn babies, just one day after rejecting an amendment to the state’s late-term abortion ban that would have allowed abortions after 22 weeks in cases of rape or incest.
Kansas City Star: The Kansas House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent abortion providers from claiming tax breaks or assisting with public school sex education classes, and Senate leaders promised their chamber will consider it quickly. The vote in the Republican-dominated House was 92-31.
Kansas City Star: The Kansas House has rejected a proposal to make an exception to limits on late-term abortions for pregnancies resulting from rape, incest or sexual abuse of a child. House members voted 90-31 on Tuesday against an amendment to a sweeping anti-abortion bill offered by Lawrence Democrat John Wilson.
Religion Clause Blog: In United States v. Dillard, (D KS, March 7, 2013), a Kansas federal district court held that the clergy-communicant privilege extends only to members of the clergy and not to a lay counselor providing religious counseling or other support through a religious program.
Kansas City Star: A Kansas House committee is preparing to debate sweeping anti-abortion legislation aimed at ensuring the state doesn’t subsidize abortions even indirectly through tax exemptions or credits.