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Christian News Network: A public university in Illinois is raising concern over a recently published online how-to guide that instructs health and social service providers how to assist residents in obtaining an abortion.
Campus Reform: After a legal battle, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented the student group, announced that they had dropped the suit because the university had agreed to revise its policies and give $14,000 in damages to the YAL group.
Deseret News: The accreditation of an evangelical Christian college near Boston is under review, and a city contract was terminated last week, after the president of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, signed a letter asking for religious liberty protection under proposed federal anti-discrimination rules involving homosexuals.
Mustang Times: “In the event that someone files a claim against us, it is important that we have appropriate coverage,” McDaniel said. “The Alliance Defending Freedom is a group that we hope would represent us in the event of a claim.”
The College Fix: The suit was filed by the conservative law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, which stated in announcing its litigation that “university policies that suppress free speech are completely at odds with what a university is: a marketplace of ideas.”
The Christian Post: A city in Massachusetts has opted to end a contract with a Christian college over the academic institution’s opposition to homosexuality.
National Review: The accreditors who control what schools have access to federal funding are reviewing a Christian college whose president signed a letter to President Obama pertaining to religious freedom and an executive order about gay rights.
Reason.com: At least UM has recognized its group funding policy was clearly biased. YAL has agreed to drop its lawsuit in exchange for administrators revising the policy. UM will also pay $5,000 to the club and $9,000 to its lawyers from the Alliance Defending Freedom.
One News Now: David Hacker of Alliance Defending Freedom says the pro-life students are restricted to their “zone” and not allowed to talk to students and hand our information beyond it.
The College Fix: DF sued the school after officials denied funding to YAL, claiming that it doesn’t fund “political” events. But the school has funded other groups whose speech involves “immigrants rights, affirmative action, and Islam” among other political subjects, ADF said in apress release Wednesday.
The Courier-Journal: An appeal surrounding Atherton High School’s transgender bathroom policy didn’t go anywhere with the school’s site-based decision council Tuesday night. The policy — which allows transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity — caught the furor of a group of parents and students who asked Clinton Elliott, a Louisville attorney with the Christian-based legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, to submit a written appeal on their behalf last week.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Conn suggests that Wheaton and other religious colleges are “intellectually compromised institutions” that betray the intellectual standards that should mark accredited institutions of higher education. Colleges like ours, he argues, “systematically undermine the most fundamental purposes of higher education,” a serious charge that deserves consideration. Let’s think about those fundamental purposes.
The Courier-Journal: The appeal was submitted in writing last week by Clinton Elliott, a Louisville attorney with the Christian-based legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, on behalf of the parents.
Christian colleges like Wheaton should not get accredited because they undermine purpose of higher ed, says UPenn Professor
The Christian Post: Charging that they “undermine the most fundamental purposes of higher education,” Peter Conn, a professor of English and education at the University of Pennsylvania, says Christian colleges like Wheaton in Illinois should not be legitimized through accreditation, which gives their students access to federal funding.
Town Hall: “University policies that suppress free speech are completely at odds with what a university is: a marketplace of ideas,” ADF Attorney David Hacker said of the lawsuit in a written statement.
First Things: Of all the bones to pick with contemporary American higher education—and there are many—the University of Pennsylvania’s Peter Conn has decided to call our attention to what he calls “The Great Accreditation Farce.” For him, the farce is that regional accreditors—who hold the keys to all-important federal student aid—actually display a modicum of respect for the distinctive missions of America’s religiously-affiliated colleges.
One News Now: Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom says the one decided on for a model appears to have Planned Parenthood’s fingerprints all over it. “Really no school district in the country should rely on Planned Parenthood, who has every personal interest and in fact does want to be in schools to promote risky sexual behaviors to increase their clientele for abortions,” he tells OneNewsNow.
KBOI2: “University policies that suppress free speech are completely at odds with what a university is: a marketplace of ideas,” said David Hacker, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom defending the student group, in a statement. “Free speech should not be limited to a tiny area on campus, nor should students be told their speech needs a warning sign simply because university officials think their views are ‘controversial.’”
Life News: Pro-lifers will be gathering to protest the National Education Association’s (NEA) support of abortionthis week in Colorado.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit Friday against Boise State University for requiring a student organization to have warning signs for two pro-life events on campus it deemed “controversial.”
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 Institute:Teachers should replace “he” or “she” with new pronouns to refer to children who believe they are transsexual, according to new school rules passed in Vancouver, Canada.
The Christian Post: Through a “non-discrimination” policy, Bowdoin forbids official student organizations from excluding students from participation and leadership due to their religious beliefs. Groups are free to discriminate, mind you, for a vast number of reasons, but not on the basis of religion.
The Washington Times: A senior at one Connecticut high school has asked administrators to explain why he can access websites like Islam-guide.com, the State Democrat site and Planned Parenthood on the school’s computers — but not sites for the NRA, the State GOP or Christianity.com.
The Christian Post: David Cortman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group, said in a statement that the government should not discriminate against a church building simply because it is associated with a certain religion.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Travis Barham says those costs could go even higher.
“… The fact is that the case is not yet over. All the judge did was rule on attorneys’ fees,” he explains. “UNC-Wilmington has still appealed the case – and so until they drop that appeal and decide that a seven-year campaign is long enough to try to deny a professor his First Amendment freedoms, then we will continue to defend Dr. Adams vigorously.”
The Washington Post: “Church buildings should not be treated like toxic warehouses simply because they normally house religious activities,” said David Cortman, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Arizona-based Christian law firm that specializes in First Amendment cases. “We hope the Supreme Court will clearly affirm in a future case that government neutrality toward religion is not achieved by treating it like asbestos in the ceiling tiles of society.”
The Washington Times: A graduating senior with top-of-the-line grades and top-notch athletic skills took to the stage to deliver his salutatorian commencement speech and touted — in complete defiance of his school’s order — his Christian faith as the roots of his success.
National Review: The Supreme Court has been pondering for a long time what to do with the pending petition to review Elmbrook School District v. Doe. In Elmbrook, a Milwaukee-area high school decided to hold its graduation ceremony at a large nondenominational church because the school’s cramped gymnasium with no air conditioning lacked adequate space for those coming to see the graduation. Although the graduation contained no religious activity at all, activists still sued the school district, claiming that the mere presence of a cross on the church’s stage rendered the facility constitutionally toxic for the public school event. The Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, agreed.
National Review: This month a rural Oregon school districtannounced its decision to offer condoms to children as young as 11. The new policy was adopted in part because, according to a memo from the superintendent, “every few years, a middle school student either becomes pregnant or is associated with a pregnancy.” The rationale is flimsy, but it speaks to the wider trend of pushing the envelope when it comes to giving kids contraception in school.
The New York Times: In a collision between religious freedom and antidiscrimination policies, the student group, and its advisers, have refused to agree to the college’s demand that any student, regardless of his or her religious beliefs, should be able to run for election as a leader of any group, including the Christian association.
The Washington Times: Hawaii is making its sex education classes for middle school students opt-in, responding to critics by giving parents responsibility to affirm they want their children to be taught the course.
Christian News Network: The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill protecting students’ rights to religious expression, and allowing teachers and other staff members to voluntary participate in student prayers before or after school.
Issues in Education: Jeremy Tedesco discusses God’s Not Dead with Bob and Geri Boyd.
Life Site News: A Washington judge last week denied a request by Eastside Catholic School and the Archdiocese of Seattle to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit filed by the school’s former vice principal, who was forced to resign in December for “marrying” his homosexual lover.
Alliance Defending Freedom: A Minnesota high school will allow a student to include a Bible verse in her graduation speech after school officials received a letter from Alliance Defending Freedom that explained constitutional protections for religious speech. The school had originally told her she could not include a Bible verse at the end of her speech.
Newsmax: Jonathan Scruggs of the Alliance Defending Freedom points out the legal reasoning the Tucson lawyers used is both faulty and ignorant. In a 2009 ruling the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — normally the left’s favorite black–robed potentates — ruled that public schools can use common sense and separate bathrooms by sex “for safety reasons” without violating Title IX.
The Christian Post: Your kids need to know that what we, as Christians, strongly desire to do is love gay people by embracing them and communicating the truth of God and redemption in Christ available to them. We have all – gay or not – broken God’s good and loving commandments and need to be saved from our guilt; and God’s righteous and just condemnation for our guilt. We all – gay or not – need the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. And the good news is that it is available in full to anyone who will believe.
GOP USA: Jonathan Scruggs of Alliance Defending Freedom says that’s simply not true from both a legal and commonsense perspective. “No court has held that schools or other institutions must allow students to access opposite-sex restrooms or changing areas,” Scruggs notes.
One News Now: It’s a story being repeated in public schools, and now an Arizona school district has a policy to allow children to use bathrooms of the opposite sex.
Christian News: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of South Dakota is urging a local school district to rescind its approval of a Bible distribution to fifth graders.
The Washington Times: The Janesville School District superintendent apologized this week after high school students were shown a video in which children react to same-sex marriage proposals, saying the video was biased in favor of gay marriage.
Liberty Counsel: Last night the Lake County, Florida, School Board voted unanimously to enter into a Consent Decree granting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Mount Dora High School the same rights as other non-curricular student clubs.
The Courier-Journal: Clint Elliott, a Louisville attorney with the Christian-based legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, asked the Jefferson County Board of Education Monday night on behalf of several parents to overturn Aberli’s decision granting the student access to the girls’ facilities.
Alleged rapes, flawed data, official with Planned Parenthood ties brings scrutiny to Tempe sex-ed decision
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Tuesday to the Tempe Union High School District that asks its governing board to reconsider a 3-2 vote last week to adopt a Planned-Parenthood–promoted sex education curriculum as a “framework” for the district’s curriculum.
The Washington Post: Montgomery County school officials could take a major step Tuesday toward updating the district’s teaching of sexual orientation, with proposals calling for introduction of the topic a year earlier in middle school and an end to scripted lessons with required phrasing.
National Review: Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with ADF, discusses the implications of Town of Greece v. Galloway.
Via Charisma News: A family values group at Notre Dame was told to “cease and desist” a traditional marriage table at the Catholic university after administrators allegedly called the police and forced the table to be shut down. The …
ADF Media: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Friday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the commonwealth’s constitution or laws.
One News Now: A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has sent New York churches back to court over use of public school property.
Christian News: A professor tells students they cannot thank God in their personal statements at a graduation ceremony. Fortunately, the University corrected this error.
Via Courthouse News Service: Because a Texas school district stopped banning Bible verses on banners shown at football games, an appeals court found Thursday that the cheerleaders who challenged the policy do not have a case. Several cheerleaders sued …
Nathan Cherry: Did you know that churches and schools used to meet in the same buildings?
Christian Post: A Florida school superintendent apologized for an incident involving a 12-year-old student who was told by his teacher that he could not read the Bible during a free-reading period in class.
ADF Media: ADF letter filed with 2nd Circuit cites ‘Town of Greece v. Galloway’ as support for re-evaluating ‘Bronx’ decision.
Mike Scinto, filling in for Mike Gallagher on The Mike Gallagher Show, interviews Doug Napier about the film God’s Not Dead.
The Columbus Dispatch: A federal judge has ruled that Upper Arlington did not discriminate against Tree of Life Christian Schools when it turned down its request to move its schools into a large office complex off Henderson Road.
Religion Clause: ADF announced yesterday that it has voluntarily dismissed it lawsuit in K.R. v. Unified School District No. 204, after the school district removed its restriction on distribution of religious material.
Christian News Network: “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “For that reason, we commend the school district for revising its policy so that all students, regardless of their religious beliefs, can enjoy freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. The law on this is very clear: public school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion.”
Via Speak Up Movement: Church use of government facilities is only part of the problem of fair and equal treatment for houses of worship. We litigated and continue to litigate many instances of unfair and discriminatory treatment based upon faith …
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM NEWS RELEASE April 29, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact ADF lawsuit prompts Kan. school district to end ban on religious speech Policy prohibited prayer event fliers that contained …
While school officials agreed to cover the Scripture in the gymnasium to avoid the government endorsement of religion, as well as to remove the Scriptures from the wrestling team’s website, some parents are now putting their foot down should students be required to discard their Bible-based t-shirts.
Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January.
On April 7, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys asked a Hawaii court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two atheists against One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Central Oahu. The lawsuit falsely accuses the two churches of defrauding the government by paying what the atheists call “substandard” rent to the public schools in which they meet.
“Late yesterday afternoon, ACLJ filed a lawsuit on behalf of Brandon Jenkins against officials of The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland for denying Brandon admission to its Radiation Therapy Program in part due to his expression of religious beliefs. As one faculty member explained to Brandon, on behalf of CCBC, the “field [of radiation therapy] is not the place for religion.”
“A teacher at Hamilton Elementary school in Cypress, Tex. has been accused of telling a second grade student not to read the Bible during a time when students read to themselves. The accusation also states that the teacher barred the student from bringing the Bible to school at all.”