UC Berkeley bans Salvation Army bell ringers

“Gay students increasingly vocal at evangelical colleges” | Inside Higher Ed

Tinkering with Inconsistency: First Amendment Student Speech

    The First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech applies to the states through its incorporation into the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Students in schools retain First Amendment rights; however, school officials, acting as parens patriae, have latitude to discipline students for their speech in some instances. This analysis will focus on the First Amendment rights of students, with particular emphasis on off-campus speech. Part one will discuss the Supreme Court precedent on the issue of student speech on and off the school campus. Part II will analyze the inconsistencies among the lower courts when addressing student speech cases. Part III will summarize the current state of student speech litigation, and Part IV will examine the New York City Department of Education’s policies related to student speech.

  • Posted: 12/17/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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5 Things You Should Know About Religious Freedom On Campus

Let there be light: UC drops its new, much-reviled logo

Student expelled over beliefs wins settlement | Baptist Press

Lawyer Hasn’t Given Up On Suing The ‘Cash Cow’ Law School Industry

UVA Forces Students To Remove Dorm-area Christmas Trees (video)

Berkeley Students Attempt to Ban Salvation Army Bell Ringers from Campus | Heather Hacker

“Married lesbian named Academic Dean at UC Hastings”

University Pays Up For Expelling Christian: Female student booted for not promoting homosexuality | WND

    WorldNetDaily: ADF said even though counseling referrals are a common and accepted professional practice, the university instead chose to expel Ward “when she sought to avoid violating her religious beliefs by referring a potential client to another counselor.” Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco, who argued before the court in October of last year, said public universities “shouldn’t force students to violate their religious beliefs to get a degree.” “The 6th Circuit rightly understood this and ruled appropriately, so the university has done the right thing in settling this case,” he said. “When Julea sought to refer a potential client to another qualified counselor – a common, professional practice that is endorsed by her profession’s code of ethics – EMU denied the referral. Then it attacked and questioned her religious beliefs, ultimately expelling her from the program. We are pleased that Julea and her constitutionally protected rights have been vindicated.”

  • Posted: 12/11/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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“Grad student who was expelled for refusing to counsel gay client settles for $75,000″ | Daily Caller at Yahoo News

“EMU resolves case of Julea Ward, former student kicked out of program for declining to counsel gay client” | AnnArbor.com

“EMU to pay $75,000 to social work student Julea Ward who refused to counsel gay client” | Detroit Free Press

EMU student achieves final victory after court rules ‘tolerance is a two-way street’ | Alliance Defending Freedom

George Will: University Campuses Train Students To Support Censorship | Jordan Lorence at SpeakUp Movement

Gonzaga To Begin Offering Contraceptive Coverage Next Month

Berkeley students seek Christmas ban on Salvation Army bell ringers

“Yes Virginia, Er, North Carolina, There Is Christmas Censorship” (Even At Universities) | Jordan Lorence at Speak Up Movement

Justice Scalia Kicks Off New Georgetown Center for the Constitution

Sixth Circuit to Hear Oral Argument in Case of Christian Woman Fired by University for Speaking Out against Homosexuality

George Will: Closing of the American Mind

Winning the Moot Court Oral Argument: A Guide for Intra- and Intermural Moot Court Competitors

I was bullied out of Oxford for being a Conservative

I’m Socially Conservative, in College, and Need a Party

Colleges and the Tyranny of Good Intentions

College says students can’t sell ‘Christmas’ trees | Ed News linking to MyFoxBoston

New law school dean at Catholic U.

College Reverses “Christmas” Tree Ban | Todd Starnes, Fox News

College Wants Club to Change ‘Christmas’ to ‘Holiday’ for Tree Sale Fundraiser

College: Students Can’t Sell “Christmas” Trees | Todd Starnes, Fox News

Pro-life student group rejected at B.C. university: threatens to sue

“Free Speech on Campus” Events | Speak Up Movement Blog

Two Law Schools Limiting Meetings By Federalist Society | Jordan Lorence at Speak Up Movement

Fixing Law Reviews

Catholic Fordham University Rejects Pro-Life Speaker, OKs Peter Singer

Stanford Starts Religious Liberty Clinic

Redefining Deviance: The Gay Assault on Franciscan University

    Crisis Magazine: The success that the gay community has achieved in shedding the “deviant” label has relied upon convincing the heterosexual world that homosexual behavior is perfectly normal. The recent uproar over a social work course titled “Deviant Behavior” at Franciscan University of Steubenville—which lists homosexuality as a form of deviant behavior—demonstrates just how vigilant the gay community remains in confronting anyone who might suggest that homosexual behavior could be anything but normal. It also shows how difficult it is for faithful Catholic institutions to teach students what the Church says about the nature of homosexual acts.

  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.crisismagazine.com

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Retiring Ron Paul to make his case for liberty on college campuses next year

How Free Speech Died on Campus | Greg Lukianoff at WSJ

The Problem with Speech Codes: The Video Version | Travis Barham at Speak Up Movement

Village Academic Curriculum: Man in Girls’ Locker Room

    PatriotPost.us: Coming to the defense of these children and young people is the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), whose senior legal counsel David Hacker accurately noted, “Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period. A college’s notions about ‘non-discrimination’ don’t change that.” Furthermore, in a letter to the college13, Hacker wrote, “Clearly, allowing a person who is biologically a man to undress and expose himself to young girls places those girls at risk for emotional distress and harm. Any reasonable person would view this as dangerous to the young girls involved.” Indeed! Unfortunately, Evergreen State College has subjugated reason to political correctness at the expense of innocent children.

  • Posted: 11/16/2012
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  • Source: patriotpost.us

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Top 10 reasons against Roe v. Wade | LiveAction News

    Rebecca Downs at Live Action News: Wednesday night, Students for Life of America’s group, Law Students for Life, and Harvard Right to Life held a debate, as part of the Law Students for Life tour. The debate was titled “Should Roe Survive Another 40 Years?” The event was broadcast live via USTREAM, and it is still up on the “Resources” section of the Law Students for Life website for those who are interested . . . Instead, the event first featured a presentation from Steve Aden, from Alliance Defending Freedom, followed by Professor Teresa Collett, of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Now, I consider myself someone well-versed in the pro-life movement and the Roe v. Wade decision. However, there was much I learned from Aden’s carefully crafted presentation, which started off with the premise that Roe v. Wade is the single worst decision the Court has made and is a Supreme Court decision that the pro-choice side has never been able to get the other side to fully accept. The rest of his presentation involved the top-ten reasons to support his premise. The following portion of the article is my recounting of Aden’s reasons and explanations.

  • Posted: 11/16/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: liveactionnews.org

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6th Circuit: Michigan voter approved restrictions on affirmative action are unconstitutional

The courts and public opinion: Klarman examines the legal fight for same-sex marriage

No more funding bias at Texas A&M | Alliance Defending Freedom

Florida ends funding discrimination against Christian college | Alliance Defending Freedom

DeJohn Case Cited Once Again As Important Speech Code Precedent | David Hacker at Speak Up Movement Blog

SD: Evangelist files free speech lawsuit against Mines

Presidential Preferences of George Mason Law Students

Australia university blocks pro-life group: worried group would ‘target women’

College allows transgender student in women’s locker room | ABC30 (includes video)

“ADF: Transgender Issue Putting Youngsters At Risk” | One News Now

“Who You Are Is in the Mind, Not the Genitals” | Matt Driscoll at Seattle Weekly

4 Yrs at Private College = $130,468; Median-Priced Existing Home = $173,100; U.S. Debt Per American Under 18 = $218,676

Fight brewing over transgender person in Evergreen College locker room | MyNorthWest

College under fire for allowing transgender female to use women’s locker room | LGBTQ Nation

    LGTBQ Nation: In its letter sent Friday, David Hacker, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom group, warned Evergreen, “The fact that this individual was sitting in plain view of young girls changing into their swimsuits puts you and Evergreen on notice of possible future harm.” Joseph Backholm, director of the conservative non-profit Family Policy Institute of Washington, an anti-gay group leading efforts to overturn the state’s marriage equality law that voters will decide on Tuesday, said “(parents) have the reasonable expectation that there are not going to be naked men or people that their daughters believe are naked men — however they see themselves — in that restroom.”

  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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Transgender Student in Evergreen’s Locker Room Draws Ire of Arizona Religious Group | Seattle Weekly

    Seattle Weekly: Evergreen officials say the school’s policy of allowing transgender individuals access to locker rooms based on their stated gender – in this case, Francis identifies as a female – is in accordance with state law . . . Despite this stance, the Alliance Defending Freedom is mad as hell. “Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period. A college’s notions about ‘non-discrimination’ don’t change that,” says Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker in a press release distributed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which says it is acting on behalf of parents concerned for their children’s safety . . . “The idea that the college and the local district attorney will not act to protect young girls is appalling,” Hacker continues in the Alliance Defending Freedom press release. “What Americans are seeing here is the poisoned fruit of so-called ‘non-discrimination’ laws and policies. Placing this man’s proclivities ahead of protecting little girls is beyond unacceptable.” . . . If the question comes down to bowing to the Alliance Defending Freedom and the organization’s claims of “emotional distress and harm” being inflicted on youth swimmers encountering transgender genitalia in the sauna, or protecting the civil rights of people like Colleen Francis, the Evergreen State College, predictably, sides with the civil rights and state law. “Frankly, the issue has been addressed,” Wettstein says of the installation of privacy screens. [more]

  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: blogs.seattleweekly.com

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Pro-Life Student Sues Louisiana State University | Citizen Link

Wash. college OK’s exposure of young girls to naked man | Alliance Defending Freedom

Private Religious Colleges and Free Speech | Greg Lukianoff of FIRE at the Volokh Conspiracy