Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Crossmap: “A federal court in Pennsylvania recently rejected a similar lawsuit filed by a transgender student seeking access to restrooms at a college,” said Tedesco, “ruling that ‘separating students by sex based on biological considerations … for restroom and locker room use simply does not violate the Equal Protection Clause.’”
BR Now: The same month, the NAACP sent a letter to Bomberger and LifeNews demanding they remove the parody in seven days. Bomberger, represented by attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), filed for declaratory judgment, and the NAACP filed a trademark infringement counter suit.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp says it’s up to schools to protect a student’s privacy, safety and dignity.
Fredericksburg (The Free Lance-Star): The Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization, sent a letter to the Fairfax School Board.
The Federalist: Neither the U.S. Constitution nor prior case law requires school boards to make these changes, said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox, whose children attend Fairfax schools. Citing a recent court case in a short presentation to the board, “There’s absolutely nothing behind [these federal demands],” said Mattox. “They’re bluffing.”
Politifact: The Family Foundation, a socially conservative Virginia group, recently applauded the U.S. House’s passage of a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom appealed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed the lower court’s decision. That reversal essentially protects people who would criticize an organization or company; unless, of course, the NAACP files another appeal and wins.
The Patriot Post: Much to the Left’s displeasure, free speech doesn’t have to be popular to be protected. In this case, it’s both. A federal judge disagreed — unleashing a wild opinion that banned Ryan from “even mentioning the parodied name or parodying the NAACP’s name in the future.” With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Bomberger appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which wasted no time rebuking the lower court’s logic. In a huge victory for free speech (and the millions of children who could be saved by Bomberger’s), the three-judge panel blew apart the Left’s arguments, ruling 3-0 in Radiance’s favor.
Headline “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People” does not infringe the NAACP’s trademark
The Washington Post: I’m happy to report that the Fourth Circuit has just handed down Radiance Foundation v. NAACP, which holds that trademark law should be read narrowly in cases involving speech (other than commercial advertising).
Townhall: Fortunately, Bomberger and his foundation didn’t stop there but took the case, which was defended by Alliance Defending Freedom, before the Fourth Circuit of Appeals. Today, more than two years after the whole ordeal began, Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation and the First Amendment, won a decisive victory in federal court.
World Magazine: In a ruling issued late Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided unanimously with the pro-life Radiance Foundation in its trademark infringement fight with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The Washington Times: Radiance appealed with the help of an attorney affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the appellate panel overturned Judge Jackson’s ruling, saying the NAACP did “not have actionable claims for trademark infringement.”
Life Dynamics: The Radiance Foundation, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) , then filed a declaratory judgment action in federal court, and in return, the NAACP filed counter-claims of “trademark infringement, dilution and confusion” for parodying the organization’s name in what the group describes as, “the NAACP’s documented pro-abortion position and actions.”
http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9640 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Tuesday that a non-profit organization did not violate trademark infringement after posting an article online that parodied the name of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Fox News: One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on gender fluidity – the idea that there’s no such thing as boys or girls.
BuzzFeed: The Alliance Defending Freedom suggested in a letter that the policy would invite legal action. “Forcing students into vulnerable interactions with opposite-sex students in secluded restrooms and locker rooms would violate [a] basic right,” the group added. “These scenarios create privacy and safety concerns that should be obvious.”
The Global Dispatch: “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
National Law Journal: When Scott McLean wanted to sell his 2008 Chevrolet Malibu in 2012, he parked it on a street in Alexandria, Virginia, with “For Sale” signs in the windows. He was fined $40 for violating a city ordinance against such displays. When McLean wanted to sell his 2007 Dodge Ram truck in 2014, he took the city of Alexandria to court over the lawfulness of the ban on “for sale” signs.
Barbwire: “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom sent Fairfax County Public Schools a letter Wednesday that explains the problems with a proposed policy that would eliminate the longstanding and common-sense policy of designating restroom facilities for use by one sex, thus allowing students to use restrooms and changing areas reserved for the opposite sex.
The College Fix: “Courts upheld chaplain programs in a variety of contexts where citizens are removed from their congregations due to their government services,” alliance legal counsel Travis Barham told The College Fix in a phone interview.
The Washington Post: The Manassas City Council and mayor voted 4 to 3 Monday evening in favor of sweeping changes to the city’s zoning code — changes that opponents said could threaten the survival of the city’s sole abortion clinic.
One News Now: “This is simply a way for these public universities to accommodate the needs of their religious student athletes,” Travis Barham of Alliance Defending Freedom says. “And public universities have tremendous leeway under the First Amendment to accommodate the needs of their students, including the religious needs of their students.”
The Global Dispatch: Alliance Defending Freedom sent letters to six public universities after they received complaints from Freedom From Religion Foundation wrongly stating that having basketball team chaplains is unconstitutional.
The College Fix: The Alliance Defending Freedom is fighting back against a campaign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to get public universities to drop their basketball chaplains, who also serve as “character coaches,” calling them unconstitutional.
Atheists’ latest move to strike God from public universities has one legal firm hitting back against ‘shameful’ ‘distortion’ of the First Amendment
The Blaze: The Alliance Defending Freedom is pushing back after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, sent complaints to six public universities last month, claiming that the presence of team chaplains is unconstitutional.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom sent letters to six public universities after they received complaints from Freedom From Religion Foundation wrongly stating that having basketball team chaplains is unconstitutional.
Baptist Standard: Lynn, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, also mentioned Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group that openly defies the ban by inviting preachers to endorse candidates from the pulpit. ADF hopes if churches are sued, the rule added to the tax code in 1954 would be declared unconstitutional.
BBC News: Lawmakers in the US state of Virginia have agreed to pay compensation to people who were forcibly sterilised by the authorities decades ago.
Idaho Press: Most people know about the lawsuit against the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, for refusing to make a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. Now the tables have turned.
Life News: For the second time in two years, pro-abortion West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on unborn babies who studies show can feel intense pain.
National Right to Life: When last we heard about the pro-life club at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania, Virginia, the principal had begun doing the right thing by reversing an earlier decision, however grudgingly.
The Washington Times: After Mr. Herring’s decision, Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele B. McQuigg had intervened to defend the law with backing from the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom.
Get Religion: Before the story was published, Greg Scott, vice president for media communications for the Alliance Defending Freedom, raised that question in an email to the Times’ reporter.
LA Times: “Every American, from the founding of our nation, has been guaranteed the freedom to live and work faithfully,” the group said in a statement emailed by vice president Greg Scott. “The poll demonstrates that most Americans still cherish our fundamental freedoms – free speech and freedom of religion.”
Charisma News: A Christian group, Alliance Defending Freedom, supports both Masterpiece and Azucar in the owners’ separate and similar decisions, resulting in two free speech cases—one alleging discrimination against gays by Phillips; the other discrimination against a Bible-believing Christian by Silva.
The Examiner: “Every American is guaranteed the freedom to live, work, think and speak without fear of being punished for exercising these very basic freedoms,” said ADF Senior Attorney Jeremy Tedesco.
Deseret News: Below is a sampling of nine recent cases in which Americans’ rights of conscience and religious liberty were in question or on trial. It’s true that religious liberty may not be fighting an all out war, but it’s clear that “there is an absolutist streak among some secular civil-rights advocates” as The Atlantic’s Jonathan Rauch argued last July. As Rauch asserts, such attitudes have led some to flippantly dismiss “the unique role religion plays in American life and the unique protections it enjoys under the First Amendment.”
Catholic News Agency: “Whether you have a narrow objection or a broad objection, what matters is the basis of your objection, the fact that you don’t want to engage in expression that violates your beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco said. “They’re both in the exact same position, they both don’t want to create a cake that expresses a message that they disagree with.”
Religion News Service: Cake artists, florists, photographers, and many others who operate businesses that create expressive products have First Amendment rights.
NC Register: Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona nonprofit representing Phillips, said his client and the alliance fully support Silva and the Azucar Bakery in refusing to make the anti-homosexual cake.
World Magazine: Bill Jack goes on the offensive today in the Colorado cake-baking story that’s received enormous media attention over the past week.
The Gazette:”This baker is in no different position than our client,” said Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona firm that represents Phillips. “She does not want to use her artistic expression in a way that contradicts her convictions, and neither does Jack Phillips. Each is exercising a fundamental right of free speech.”
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom says it will be interesting if the state of Colorado decides to disregard the fundamental freedoms of all its citizens – or instead decides to play favorites when it comes to bakeries, wedding cakes, and same-sex “marriage.”
Patriot Post: Kerri Kupec with Alliance Defending Freedom argues that both bakers should have the right to operate their business according to their moral values. “At the end of the day, this is about free speech,” she said. “They punished Jack Phillips for acting according to his conscience. It will be interesting to see how they act here.”
First Things: Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian conservative legal advocacy group that defends Christian bakers, florists, and photographers is defending Silva against the notion that she, under legal compulsion, must design a cake whose message conflicts with her values.
Deseret News: “Every American is guaranteed the freedom to live, work, think and speak without fear of being punished for exercising these very basic freedoms,” Jeremy Tedesco, a senior legal counsel for the group, said. “ADF vigorously opposes tribunals like the Colorado Civil Rights Commission punishing citizens for doing nothing more than exercising their constitutionally protected rights.”
Charisma News: “Every American is guaranteed the freedom to live, work, think and speak without fear of being punished for exercising these very basic freedoms,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.
BuzzFeed News: “It was clearly Ms. Silva’s right to decline to promote a message with which she so clearly disagreed,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “Ms. Silva should not be forced to use her artistic abilities to further a message with which she sincerely disagrees.”
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom expressed support Friday for a Denver bakery that reportedly declined to draw two males holding hands with an “X” over them and related words and symbols on a cake in the shape of a Bible. A customer who made the request filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission after Azucar Bakery’s pastry chef Lindsay Jones and owner Marjorie Silva declined his request.
The Washington Times: The case comes after the owner of another Colorado bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, was found guilty of discrimination by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for declining to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
PBS News Hour: Three dozen states have moved to legalize same-sex marriage, but in some quarters, a backlash is under way. One example is Colorado, where one bakery owner says the state shouldn’t force him to cater same-sex weddings.
The Christian Post: Two states that had previously rejected bans on a controversial therapy practice that aims to change sexual orientation are again considering measures to prohibit the practice on minors.
Christian News Network: Hundreds of concerned parents in Virginia recently voiced opposition to a controversial policy that allows school officials to grill homeschool parents and students on their religious beliefs.
Virginia seeks to remove references to ‘husbands and wives’ from state law books; replace with gender-neutral ‘spouse’
The Washington Times: The language of the New Age, like a lot of things in Li’l Abner’s hometown of Dogpatch, can be “amusin’ but confusin’.” The word “sex” has been displaced by “gender,” though no one ever called Marilyn Monroe a “genderpot,” and no woman we know thinks a silky black night gown will make her feel “gendery.” Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia thinks he can ride to the rescue of all by making the language of marriage more confusing, if not amusing.
NewsBusters: Friday is National Religious Freedom Day, and what better time to consider where threats to American religious freedom originate. (Hint – it’s not with Bible-thumping Baptist preachers or dogmatic Catholic cardinals.)
Red State: A school board in Virginia is considering the repeal of a policy that would have forced 14-year-old minors to stand before the school board to be interrogated about their religious beliefs.
World Magazine:Over the last few years, WORLD has reported on several Christian-owned businesses across the country approached by homosexual couples to provide services for their weddings. In all cases, the owners declined to work with the couples, stating their religious beliefs prevented participation in same-sex ceremonies. The couples sued, alleging discrimination. Here’s an update on where their cases stand as 2015 gets underway.
Westword: “Such alarming bias and hostility toward Jack’s religious beliefs — and toward religion in general — has no place in civil society, let alone on a governmental commission that sits in judgment of whether he may follow his faith in how he runs his business,” Jeremy Tedesco, the senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement. The Arizona-based nonprofit “legal ministry” is helping Phillips defend his case.
Christian cake artist Jack Phillips labeled a ‘Nazi’ by Civil Rights Commissioner due to same-sex marriage stance
Breathecast: Christian cake artist Jack Phillips was labeled as a bigot by Civil Rights Commissioner Diann Rice due to his stance on same-sex marriage because of his religious beliefs, according to a leaked audio recording.
Christian cake company’s refusal to bake pro-same-sex marriage cake compared to slavery, holocaust by colorado commissioner
The Christian Post: A Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner has said that a Christian cake company’s decision to invoke religious freedom rights to refuse to bake a pro-same-sex marriage cake is comparable to slavery and the perpetrators of the Holocaust.
American Thinker: A shocking revelation in a brief filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the Colorado baker who refused to supply a wedding cake to a gay couple and was cited by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The baker, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Bakery, was also “ordered to create new policies on serving gay customers, have his employees attend sensitivity training, and submit quarterly reports to the commission detailing any refusals to serve customers.”
The Patriot Post: As Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco put it, “Rice compared a private citizen who owns a small bakery to slaveholders and Holocaust perpetrators merely for asking that the state respect his right to free speech and free exercise of religion.”
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco says the organization is representing Phillips in an appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals after the state commission ordered Phillips to do the cake, and submit himself and his staff to re-education.
WND: “The commission’s impartiality is in serious question,” said a brief filed by a legal team with the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop.
Baker compared to ‘slave owners and perpetrators of the holocaust’ by gov’t officials, lawyers claim
The Blaze: A conservative legal firm is accusing a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission of comparing a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding to “slave owners and perpetrators of the Holocaust” in a new legal brief filed with a the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Cake maker who refused to bake for same-sex wedding labeled a ‘Nazi’ by Colo. civil rights officials
The Washington Times: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys released an audio recording in which Diann Rice, a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, said that Mr. Phillips‘ citing of his religious beliefs in his defense puts him on the same level as Nazis and slaveholders.
ADF Media: A new brief filed with the Colorado Court of Appeals reveals that a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission compared a Christian cake artist to slave owners and perpetrators of the Holocaust when the commission ordered him to re-educate himself and his employees about marriage.
Charisma News: “Such alarming bias and hostility toward Jack’s religious beliefs—and toward religion in general—has no place in civil society, let alone on a governmental commission that sits in judgment of whether he may follow his faith in how he runs his business,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.
The Bellingham Herald: “The court should uphold the freedom of Americans to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman,” said Jim Campbell, an attorney with the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which has fought against same-sex unions in four states.
Independent: “The court should uphold the freedom of Americans to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman,” said Jim Campbell, an attorney with the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which has fought against same-sex unions in four states.
Christian News Network: “Any privacy and safety policy should respect all children because every child matters,” stated ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Rory Gray. “Both the GCPS policy and the ADF model policy demonstrate that schools can accommodate the desires of a small number of students without compromising the rights of other children and their parents.”