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New York student gets OK to start Christian club ‘Dare to Believe’ on campus after she was told it would be illegal
The Christian Post: A New York school district has decided to approve a student’s proposal to start a Christian club at her high school called “Dare to Believe” after she was initially told that her student organization would be a possible violation of the U.S. constitution.
Life Site News: However, the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Matt Bowman, who represents Pregnancy Care Centers of New York, the Borough Pregnancy Counseling Center, and Good Counsel Homes in their case against the law, said that “free speech is protected in the First Amendment; surgery is not protected in the First Amendment.”
Christian Examiner: Cynthia and Robert Gifford paid $10,000 to the state for violating anti-discrimination laws and $1,500 each to lesbian partners for alleged mental anguish. Now James Trainor, an [allied] Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, is representing the devout Christian family to recover the money the state forced them to pay in violation of their religious freedoms, he said.
RT: “We’ve gone from tolerance to compulsion,’’ Trainor, allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Post. “State government should not be forcing people to violate their own religious beliefs, nor should they be forced to make a choice between making a living and violating their own faith.’’
NY Post: Trainor is allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization that seeks justice for people of faith. Last month, he filed an appeal with the state Appellate Division on behalf of the Giffords, seeking to get their money returned — and setting the stage for New York state’s first legal battle pitting one couple’s constitutional right to religious freedom against another couple’s right to get married wherever they please.
Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact part of a controversial New York City law that forces crisis pregnancy centers to inform clients whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff.
One News Now: Elissa Graves is an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, which had argued the law violated the freedom of speech rights of pro-life pregnancy care centers.
ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman: “Pro-life pregnancy care centers, which offer free help and hope to women and their children, shouldn’t be punished by political allies of abortionists. Most of the government’s mandatory pro-abortion messages were struck down on appeal, but part of the law still forces pro-life centers to speak a message designed to scare women away. That ruling was only preliminary, so we will continue our efforts in this case to make sure free speech is fully protected for centers that offer free and caring help to women.”
Christian News Network: New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has ruled that a marriage between a half-uncle and a half-niece is legal in a unanimous court decision.
NY Post: The state’s highest court has toppled a cultural taboo — legalizing a degree of incest, at least between an uncle and niece — in a unanimous ruling.
The Christian Post: A New York high school has lifted its ban on a Christian student organization after first rejecting the students’ request for renewal.
Courthouse News Service: James Trainor of Cutler, Trainor & Cutler in Malta represents the Giffords. His signature line on the complaint indicates “allied attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom.” The Arizona-based group advocates “for the right of people to freely live out their faith,” according to its website.
Alliance Defending Freedom: When Cynthia’s phone rang that September evening in 2012, she was prepared for a usual inquiry about using the farm for a wedding ceremony. Nothing could have prepared her for what ultimately followed: a demand from the state that they violate their faith to host a same-sex ceremony in their own home.
Catholic Online: The Giffords are now being defended by the Alliance Defending Freedom and their case will proceed before the courts in a bid to protect religious freedom. According to attorneys for the Giffords, the judge nor the Division of Human Rights considered their First Amendment rights when deciding the case.
After being fined for refusing to host same-sex weddings and making a stunning business decision, Christian farm owners are fighting back
The Blaze: An [allied] attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm, filed a petition in New York State court Thursday on behalf of Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm, a farm and special events venue in Schaghticoke, New York.
ADF allied attorney files petition for NY farmer couple fined $13k for refusing to host same-sex wedding
The Christian Post: “All Americans should be free to live and work according to their beliefs. Entering the marketplace doesn’t mean the government can force a person to surrender their First Amendment freedoms or face punishment,” said James Trainor, the attorney.
Biz Pac: Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Pares also ordered the Giffords to “implement staff re-education training classes that teach the state’s viewpoint on marriage,” according to a statement from the Alliance Defending Freedom(ADF).
The Washington Times: Cynthia and Robert Gifford, whose Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke doubles as a special-events venue, filed a suit Thursday through the Alliance Defending Freedom legal firm asking that a ruling from the state’s Division of Human Rights be reexamined.
ADF Media: An Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney filed a petition in New York state court Thursday that asks for review of a New York State Division of Human Rights decision against the owners of an upstate farm. The commission ruled that Cynthia and Robert Gifford were guilty of “sexual orientation discrimination” for declining to host a same-sex wedding ceremony on their property. As punishment, the commissioner fined them $10,000 plus $3,000 in damages and ordered the Giffords to implement re-education training classes for their staff that teach the state’s viewpoint on marriage.
The Daily Signal: James Trainor, the Giffords’ private attorney allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the family was “appealing every facet of the judge’s decision” and that he is “confident” that going forward, the family’s “constitutional rights and religious beliefs will be fully considered.”
CBN News: “New York City seems to have a kind of secularist viewpoint, sort of a leftover from the 1950s and 60s,” ADF senior counsel Jordan Lorence told OneNewsNow. “It has this extreme view of separation of church and state that says If we let a church meet in a public school, there goes the neighborhood.”
NYC Religions: This morning, the lawyers for the Bronx Household of Faith petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a federal appeals court decision that the New York City public school administration could, if it wanted, to bar religious groups from renting space in the public schools for the purpose of worship services. The legal defender of the church and its allies is the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit firm that specializes in religious liberty cases.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jordan Lorence talks on this episode of “The World and Everything In It” about a legal case involving the Bronx Household of Faith seeking space for Sunday services in New York City public schools.
The Daily Signal: In this special video report from The Daily Signal, Cynthia Gifford tells the story of the government’s unexpected action to punish her and her husband for their religious beliefs. Their attorney, James Trainor of the Alliance Defending Freedom, explains the constitutional issues at stake.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “Community groups in New York City are welcome to rent empty school buildings except for one singled-out purpose: worship services,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence.
One News Now: ADF senior counsel Jordan Lorence has represented Bronx Household of Faith in the case that has been ongoing since 1995. “New York City seems to have a kind of secularist viewpoint, sort of a leftover from the 1950s and 60s,” he tells OneNewsNow. “It has this extreme view of separation of church and state that saysIf we let a church meet in a public school, there goes the neighborhood.”
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to uphold the freedom of churches and other congregations to meet for worship services in New York City public schools. The petition asks the high court to review a 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit that upheld a city policy prohibiting worship services in public school buildings during non-school hours. The panel’s ruling is on hold until the Supreme Court decides whether to take the case.
Christian News Network: A Yemen-born man living in New York is among the latest being charged with aiding the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in federal court.
Religion Clause: Invoking RLUIPA, the Fair Housing Act, the 1st and 14th Amendments as well as New York statutory and constitutional provisions, in a 66-page federal court complaint a Jewish school, developers and Orthodox Jewish residents sued the Village of Bloomingburg, NY and the adjoining Town of Mamakating alleging an anti-Semitic conspiracy to prevent more Hasidic Jews from moving into the area.
Life Site News: “Going forward, the Giffords have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their farm, other than the ones already under contract,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [allied] lawyer James Trainor.
Christian Today: “Going forward, [Cynthia and Robert Gifford] have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property (other than the ones already under contract),” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) allied attorney James Trainor, who represents the Giffords, told The Blaze.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Liberty Ridge Farm sits on nearly 100 pristine acres in upstate New York. The farm is also the home of Cynthia and Robert Gifford and their family, and the Giffords proudly describe themselves as farmers. A few times a year, the Giffords open their home and private property to the public for special events like pumpkin picking, or a corn maze. The Giffords also occasionally rent out part of the barn, containing their residence, for wedding celebrations.
After being fined and forced to host same-sex weddings, Christian farm owners make drastic decision that ‘will likely hurt their business’
The Blaze: “Going forward, [Cynthia and Robert Gifford] have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property (other than the ones already under contract),” Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney James Trainor told TheBlaze in a statement.
NY Daily News: Though attitudes about marriage are undeniably changing, much of America still respects its historic meaning. Lest we forget, Catholics and many Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim groups believe — and only sanction — a union of one man and one woman as marriage.
Washington Times (AP): Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state’s civil rights law alongside race, religion and disability.
The Daily Signal: Should the government be able to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex wedding? In a free society, the answer is no.
Christian News Network: A New York farm has been fined $13,000 by the state Division of Human Rights for declining to host a same-sex ‘wedding’ on their property two years ago, and has been ordered to train their employees to accommodate homosexual ceremonies despite their Christian beliefs.
District Court says Town of Greece decision does not cover invocations offered directly by county board members
Religion Clause: After the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Town of Greece case last May, a number of local governments that had been enjoined by lower courts from opening council meetings with sectarian prayers petitioned lower courts to dissolve or modify the injunctions.
Christian News Network: A court of appeals has unanimously ruled that a steel beam cross displayed at a museum remembering the September 11th attacks does not violate the U.S. Constitution, despite assertions otherwise from a prominent atheist group.
The Christian Post: A three-judge panel from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that “the cross at Ground Zero” at the museum does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The Christian Post: A South Carolina school board is considering a return to a prayer policy similar to Town of Greece, New York after the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of sectarian prayers at public meetings.
The Washington Times: David Cortman, director of litigation and senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, welcomed the ruling, noting that the high court said it is important to look at the historical practice of anything being challenged. “It’s difficult to say a practice that’s 200 years old is now unconstitutional because of a test framed 40 years ago,” Mr. Cortman said.
Christian News Network: A New York federal district judge ruled on Tuesday that a public school was justified in forcing a Christian science teacher to remove personal Bible-themed materials from her classroom.
The Christian Post: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel David Cortman, whose organization helped represent Greece during the trial, declared that “the Supreme Court has again affirmed that Americans are free to pray.”
Religion News Service: There have already been secular invocations offered at meetings in Pennsylvania and Illinois, and atheist groups in Florida have asked for a chance at the lectern.
Life News: The pro-life community in New York has again defeated legislation in the state legislature that could have allowed a particularly gruesome method of late-term abortions.
One News Now: The city took the case to the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which agreed with the lower court on killing most of the law. But Matt Bowman, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, tells OneNewsNow the court left one part intact that still restricts free speech.
Life Site News: “Pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer free help and hope to women and their preborn children, shouldn’t be punished by political allies of the abortion industry,” said attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom, who represented a number of CPCs in the case, including Slattery’s.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a petition Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court that asks it to review an appeals court decision that upheld part of New York City’s anti-pregnancy care law, Local Law 17. A federal district court invalidated the entire law, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reinstated one vague provision in a 2–1 opinion in January.
Reuters: Transgender people born in New York state, with the exception of New York City, will no longer have to prove that they have had sex-reassignment surgery to change the sex marked on their birth certificate, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office said on Thursday.
Rochester City Newspaper: The City of Rochester will add transgender health care benefits for employees and their families starting on January 1, 2015.
Dangerous abortion-expansion legislation introduced into New York State Senate despite overwhelming public opposition
National Right to Life News: On Tuesday a group of pro-abortion Democratic State Senators reintroduced the so-called “Women’s Equality Act.” New York State Right to Life commented on the push for abortion-expansion which flies in the face of polls showing the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers oppose their dangerous agenda.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Wednesday to local governments and organizations affirming the legality of public invocations in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway upholding the freedom of Americans to pray according to their own beliefs at public meetings.
Legal Talk Network: David Cortman discusses Greece v. Galloway with Douglas Laycock on the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast.
The Sylva Herald: The town of Dillsboro will open board meetings with Christian prayers delivered by local clergymen following a divided Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that clears the way for invocations.
Mike Gallagher interviews Joel Oster about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
National Law Journal: For citizens against the prayers, the decision sets dangerous church-state precedent. For the town of Greece, court’s ruling is a victory for religious freedom.
The Clarion-Ledge: LGBT rights groups have panned Mississippi’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which takes effect July 1. Conservative and religious groups have praised it.
National Review: Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with ADF, discusses the implications of Town of Greece v. Galloway.
One News Now: A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has sent New York churches back to court over use of public school property.
NRB: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in a 5-4 decision that the Town of Greece (a suburb of Rochester, NY) had not violated the Constitution by its practice of beginning town meetings with a public prayer.
Nathan Cherry: Did you know that churches and schools used to meet in the same buildings?
Alliance Defending Freedom: Please join me in giving heartfelt thanks for this crucial decision, for the far-reaching impact it will have in so many other cases around the country, and for the important legal precedent it sets to secure religious freedom for you and your family and for people of faith throughout America.
Georgeene Rice interviews ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
ADF Media: ADF letter filed with 2nd Circuit cites ‘Town of Greece v. Galloway’ as support for re-evaluating ‘Bronx’ decision.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Here are 7 things you need to know about ‘Town of Greece v. Galloway.’
The SCOTUS Blog held something of a symposium yesterday, offering up five opinions on the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision. I’ll highlight the key sections of each opinion here.
Albert Mohler: In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that prayer before the opening of a legislative body does not violate the U. S. Constitution.
Vicki McKenna interviews Joel Oster about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
Rob Schilling interviews ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
Larry O’Connor interviews ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.