OH: Students speak out against moving Hoover graduation from church

NY: Parents Upset After L.I. School Removes Religious References From ‘Silent Night’

Hawaii churches to argue against school fee suit | Hawaii News Now (AP)

Lesbian boss ‘fired me for being straight’

‘Dangerous,’ ‘ludicrous’: PA bill would force Catholic schools to employ teachers in gay ‘marriages’

Hawaii churches in court Thursday to seek dismissal of atheists’ baseless lawsuit | Alliance Defending Freedom

Ohio Democrat: Investigate Every Homeschool Parent

Liberty Institute Restores Religious Liberty for Bulloch County Teachers and Students

Nation’s Law Schools See Lowest Enrollment Since 1975

Teachers Challenge Compulsory Union Dues

Take that, Scrooges: School choirs thumb noses at atheists | One News Now

Canada’s First Religious Law School Clears Major Approval Hurdle

Pro-Life Teacher Fired Who Kicked Planned Parenthood Out of His Class

Christmas Under Assault, but Faithful Fight Back | The New American

    The New American: The conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) went to bat for the districts, noting that student choirs may not be barred from voluntarily performing at such religious-themed events. The ADF later sent a letter to the districts commending them for standing up to the atheist bullies. “Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow choirs to participate in community Christmas events,” said ADF attorney Rory Gray. “Courts have unanimously allowed students to sing Christmas carols at school. Nothing changes when they sing the same Christmas songs at a community festival instead. We commend the districts for rightly ignoring the baseless threats delivered by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco added that “a handful of misguided complaints and a misunderstanding of First Amendment law should not be allowed to harm students and deprive them of educational experiences that serve the community. We hope other school districts will follow Kalispell’s and Whitefish’s example and reject the religious discrimination these groups promote.”


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Florida: Controversy Over 5th-Grader’s Religion Speech

Pa. Sexual Orientation Bill Could ‘Coerce’ Catholic Institutions

Ex-gay group files sexual orientation discrimination complaint with Department of Justice

Let Catholic Schools Be Catholic | Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO

“Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher, Drawing Protest”

NC Groups Sue State Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Private School Vouchers

A Victory for Comfort and Common Sense | Joel Oster at Speak Up Movement

ABA Reconsiders Practical Skills Mandate for Law Schools

Christmas festival goes on despite atheists’ threats | Alliance Defending Freedom

Atheists Lose Battle to Silence Christmas Festival | Charisma News

    Charisma News: Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow choirs to participate in community Christmas events,” said Litigation Staff Counsel Rory Gray. “Courts have unanimously allowed students to sing Christmas carols at school. Nothing changes when they sing the same Christmas songs at a community festival instead. We commend the districts for rightly ignoring the baseless threats delivered by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.” . . . “A handful of misguided complaints and a misunderstanding of First Amendment law should not be allowed to harm students and deprive them of educational experiences that serve the community,” added Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We hope other school districts will follow Kalispell and Whitefish’s example and reject the religious discrimination these groups promote.”


  • Posted: 12/10/2013
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Pennsylvania schools told to lose speech limits | WorldNetDaily

    WorldNetDaily: “Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “The speech and literature distribution policies of many schools districts in Pennsylvania are virtually identical to the ones the 3rd Circuit struck down. These policies violate the First Amendment right of students to distribute religious materials at school.” The letter says, “The Supreme Court has made it clear that students ‘do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.’” Moreover, the letter states, “The Supreme Court has definitively held that religious expression – whether spoken, written, or symbolic – is protected by the First Amendment.” “America’s public schools should recognize the constitutionally protected freedom of all students, regardless of their religious views,” said Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We hope that school districts in Pennsylvania will respect these freedoms and revise their policies accordingly.”


  • Posted: 12/10/2013
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Fla: Judge’s decision on ‘socialization’ concerns homeschoolers

Lawsuit planned to challenge NC vouchers

“Pennsylvania Catholic school fires gay N.J. teacher for applying for marriage license”

KS school’s policy bans scripture, allows Lil Wayne poster | One News Now

Policies at nearly 300 Pa. school districts conflict with court ruling | Alliance Defending Freedom

Just Asking: How one young girl’s kind invitation could transform schools across the country

Peonage for the Twenty-First Century

“Colorado School Official Backs Transgender Remark” | AP

Is the breakfast illegal, too? Atheists sue school over teacher’s devotionals

School choir to perform at Montana church despite calls from ACLU, atheist group to cancel show

Bill Aimed At Protecting Religious Freedoms

MT: ACLU complains HS choirs to sing in church concert

SC: Judge refuses to block prayer, graduation at churches for Greenville Co. schools

CA: Atheist Group Asks Bellflower School Officials To Halt Prayer At Meetings

Georgia School Confiscates Christmas Cards?

Study: Youth More Likely To Be Bullied At Schools With Anti-Bullying Programs

School: Lil’ Wayne is fine, but Jesus is not | Todd Starnes at Fox News

Kansas school bans fliers with Bible verses | The World and Everything In It

‘Preferred’ pronouns gain traction at US colleges

Easton Area School District files arguments for U.S. Supreme Court review in ‘boobies’ case

Student Sues School District For Allegedly Banning ‘see You At The Pole’ Fliers That Included Bible Verses | The Blaze

Lawsuit Filed Against Kansas School for Banning ‘See You at the Pole’ Fliers With Bible Verses | Christian Post

Kansas School Bans, Destroys Student Fliers Containing Bible Verses | Persecution.org (Charisma)

Seventh grader files lawsuit after school staff destroys prayer flyers | Fox4kc.com

Prayer rooms for Muslim students are the big new thing at Christian colleges now

Kan. school reportedly prohibits student from posting fliers with Bible verses | Fox News (AP)

Christian group accuses school of free speech violation | WTOP.com (AP)

Kansas school bans fliers with Bible verses, OKs poster with drug reference | Examiner.com

Kansas School Bans Fliers with Bible Verses | Caffeinated Thoughts

Kansas School Bans ‘See You at the Pole’ Flier With Bible Verses | Charisma News

Suit Challenges School Ban On Student Distribution of Religious Material | Religion Clause Blog

Christian group accuses school of free speech violation | Boston Herald

The true meaning of tolerance | Cardinal Timothy Dolan at NY Daily News

Kansas school bans fliers with Bible verses | Alliance Defending Freedom

Louisiana Voucher Assault, Round 2: Justice’s lawsuit takes a bizarre turn to keep kids in rotten schools.

“You Could Unknowingly Be Funding a School That Discriminates Against LGBTs” | CARE2.com

Principal admits error in Christian toy drive | OurColoradoNews

Should the Supreme Court Have Unpaid Interns?

School kids to be labeled racist for not attending Islamic workshop

Missouri high school under fire for teacher-led prayer sessions

“Easton boobies case may follow bong hits to Supreme Court”

Eastern Michigan University Will Stop Discriminating Against Pro-Life Group | LifeNews

Students For Life, ADF lawsuit resolved | The Eastern Echo