The Manhattan Declaration Challenges and Rallies Us | Archdiocese of NY

    Ed Mechmann at the Archdiocese of NY: The Manhattan Declaration is the ecumenical statement of conscience by Christian leaders, dedicating themselves to defending life, marriage, and religious liberty . . .  This event at Columbia was co-sponsored by the Archdiocese, Alliance Defending Freedom (who have been heroic leaders in their defense of the Declaration’s core principles), the New York State Knights of Columbus, and DeSales Media from our neighboring Diocese of Brooklyn (who livestreamed the event over the internet). The event was a landmark, because it represented not only a return of the Declaration to the borough where it was signed, but because of the power of the presentations and the uplifting spirit that they gave the audience. The speakers were a powerhouse lineup of experts and activists . . .


  • Posted: 09/27/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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Symposium: Prayer and the machinery of the state | Daniel Mach of the ACLU at SCOTUS Blog

SCOTUS for law students: Prayer at government meetings

Symposium: Desperate measures in Town of Greece | Eric Rassbach at SCOTUS Blog

Baptist Joint Committee opposes local government prayer

NY forum: Religious freedom under attack | Alliance Defending Freedom

Town of Greece symposium: Can government actively favor a religious practice? | Carl Esbeck at SCOTUS Blog

Symposium: The puzzle of Town of Greece v. Galloway | Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman at Scotus Blog

What Does It Really Mean To “Establish” Religion? | Brett Harvey

Valley cities’ prayer policies may face scrutiny

Symposium announcement: Town of Greece v. Galloway | SCOTUS Blog

Will court change church-state equation?

The Mask Comes Off | Ed Mechmann at Archdiocese of NY

LGBT city council candidates score historic wins in NYC election | LGBTQ Nation

NYC Claims Muslim Surveillance Warranted

On The Right Not To Be Offended | Joe Infranco at Alliance Defending Freedom

Freedom ‘Of’ Not Freedom ‘From’ | Bradley Abramson at Townhall

NY: Ministerial Exception Defense Rejected In Suit By “Transgender Catholic School Teacher”

NY: Court Rejects Challenge To “In God We Trust” On Currency

Wal-mart Fires NY Employee For Criticizing Muslims

Catholic Schools Respond to the Charter School Challenge

NYPD Designates Mosques As Terrorism Organizations

Florida school board, asked to halt prayers, awaits Supreme Court decision

Major tests on religion shaping up | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

New York’s Increasing Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Population Poses Accommodation Issues

3 NYS Dems Want to Follow NJ GOP Gov. Chris Christie In Banning Conversion Therapy

New York Gov. Cuomo Gives Pro-Abortion Group the Lone Reporting Exemption

How should the town’s lawyer answer “the Lemon/endorsement question” in Town of Greece v. Galloway?

NYC Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn Wants Morning After Pill for 11-Year-Olds

Clay School Board keeps opening invocation | Florida Times Union

Strip club owner to take tax fight to Supreme Court

Obama administration, in court brief, supports prayer at public meetings | Baptist Press at Townhall

Congress, States, And Even Obama’s Doj Rally To Prayer-givers’ Defense | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

“Lambda Legal Clients and Indian River Central School District Settle Antigay Harassment Lawsuit”

    Lambda Legal: Today, Lambda Legal and the Indian River Central School District announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Charles Pratt and his younger sister, Ashley Petranchuk. In their agreement, Lambda Legal’s clients and the District have achieved a resolution that involves, among other things, the District hiring a consultant to advise and make recommendations concerning the District’s anti-harassment training and policies.


  • Posted: 08/08/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Evansville Crosses, Freedom to pray and the Supreme Court | David Cortman and Chris Wischer on The World and Everything In It

“U.S. backs government prayer” | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

Inhofe backs prayer measure

ERLC defends sectarian public prayers

Texas Attorney General Abbott leads multi-state effort to protect the right of governmental bodies to begin meetings with prayer

Chaplain Alliance files brief with U.S. Supreme Court in support of chaplains’ right to pray

23 US States Urge Supreme Court to Allow Prayer in Government Meetings | Christian Post

Members of Congress add voices to Greece prayer case | Democrat and Chronicle

High Court to Hear Landmark Case on Religious Expression | Mo. Family Policy Council

FRC, 85 Members of Congress File Brief in Biggest Religious Liberty Supreme Court Case In Last Half Century | PR Newswire

Indiana Joins 22 Other States In Legislative Prayer Case

Even If Your Prayers Aren’t Brief, This Brief Could Help Your Prayers | FRC Washington Update at Patriot Post

Planned Parenthood closes New York facility

Indiana joins fight in support of legislative prayers

NY: Conservatives question abortion group’s disclosure exemption

Liberty Counsel Defends Religious Liberty in Supreme Court Amicus Brief

‘Let Us Pray’ Before Town Council Becomes High Court Case

‘Let Us Pray’ Before Town Council Becomes High Court Case | Bloomberg BusinessWeek

“New York giving surviving gay spouses estate tax refunds”

    MSNBC: The woman who brought down the Defense of Marriage Act will soon get back thousands of dollars her same-sex marriage cost her. Following Edie Windsor’s Supreme Court victory last month challenging DOMA, which denied federal recognition to same-sex couples, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New York would refund estate taxes paid by surviving spouses of same-sex marriages . . . Cuomo called the compensation “one more step toward justice” in a press release.


  • Posted: 07/24/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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“NY official pushes Feds to recognize gay marriages” in all states

NY: Ready Access to Plan B Pills in City Schools without Parental Consent

The New York Times, Church-State Law, and Equality | Andrew Lewis at Public Discourse

Shall we pray at governmental meetings? | TimeWV.com

Religious liberty in the Bronx, the husband-and-wife band Matrimony, and a pricey Apple | Jordan Lorence on “The World and Everything In It”

No JD? No Problem, Say 5 States (That You Might Not Know About)

NYU Drops Chinese Human Rights Defender For Pro-life Stance

2nd Circuit: Second Amend. rights can be conditioned on NYC’s $340 “administrative fee”