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

SC School: No “Joy” This Christmas | FITSNews

‘The Definition Of Bullying’: Church Vs. State Threat Leads Another School To Cut Ties With ‘operation Christmas Child’ | The Blaze

SC School Bans Religious Christmas Carols—Even Without Mention of Christ | Charisma

Evolution Debate Again Engulfs Texas Board

EMU Settles with Students for Life, the Alliance Defending Freedom | WEMU 89.1

EMU agrees to end discrimination against pro-life student group | Alliance Defending Freedom

Italian Catholicism Teacher Comes Under Fire for Asking Students to Rank Sinful Behavior on List That Includes Homosexuality | Christian Post

Question on morality of homosexuality causes a stir | One News Now

Christmas toy drive for schools is constitutional, lawyer says | CNA on Patheos

School leader privately admits ‘indefensible’ breach of church and state | 9News.com

Suit Challenges Teacher’s Involvement In Weekly High School Prayer Group

EMU settles lawsuit with student group after funding denial for anti-abortion exhibit | MLive.com

Colo. School drops ‘Operation Christmas Child’ after lawsuit threat

Religious songs to be reinstated for winter concert Board will discuss long-term implications | CentralJersey.com

    CentralJersey.com: Prior to the superintendent’s letter, Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization that deals primarily with religious freedom issues, sent a letter to district officials to lobby for the songs’ inclusion. ”We write to explain that every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including Christmas carols and other religious music in school choir programs fully complies with the First Amendment and to urge you to immediately rescind the new policy instituted by administrative officials,” the letter read. The letter, written by the organization’s legal counsel, further stated the district’s role as it pertains to the First Amendment is to remain neutral from religion and refrain “from demonstrating an unconstitutional hostility toward songs with religious origins.”


  • Posted: 11/20/2013
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Jindal claims victory in fight with administration over La. voucher plan

Parents Applaud DOJ Retreat On Opposition To Louisiana Educational Choice Program

Rarified Credentials Still Favored in Law Faculty Hiring

    Karen Sloan at National Law Journal: But when it came making offers, candidates with J.D.s from top schools dominated. They accounted for 68 percent of applicants and 82 percent of those hired. Drilling down even further, candidates with J.D.s from Harvard Law School, Yale Law School and Stanford Law School—highly prestigious schools known for turning out large numbers of future professors—together were 27 percent more likely to land jobs than those from all other law schools.


  • Posted: 11/19/2013
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ADF: Italian Catholicism teacher has freedom to convey church teaching on sexuality

Ohio Supreme Court upholds firing of teacher for religious symbols

South Carolina Parents Remove Children From School to Protest Common Core

“Americans United Warns Washington County Council Not To Give Tax Aid To Christian Fundamentalist Group”

Battle over 36 pages of Islam in Fla. textbook about to explode; Dems back CAIR

School Cancels Christmas Toy Drive After Humanists Threaten to Sue

Transgender Texas Student’s Tuxedo Photo Banned

Ohio: School board votes to remove Jesus painting

Pathways: Thanksgiving events, ‘Surviving the Holidays’ and more | News-Sentinel

Parents make good school choices, study says

Students rally for Rutgers University bus driver who says prayer led to his dismissal

Southern Alberta school board mulling decision to drop Lord’s Prayer

Ohio ACLU demands portrait of Jesus be removed from another public school

Attacks on school choice program rebutted at NH Supreme Court | Alliance Defending Freedom

Atheist Student Leader OK at Ore. Christian School

Christmas music returns to New Jersey school | One News Now

Expanded the Range of Respectable Opinion in Constitutional Discourse

Santa is coming to Bordentown schools; Jesus (and all other deities) still aren’t | Jeff Edelstein at the Trentonian

    Jeff Edelstein at the Trentonian: Then the Alliance Defending Freedom got involved. They’re an Arizona-based group that “directly litigates strategic cases to protect religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” The group is for religious displays on public land, against gay couples adopting, opposes civil unions …basically, they are — in their words — a “legal ministry to help practicing attorneys successfully defend and reclaim religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” Anyway, they fired off a press release.  Then two days later — last Friday — it appeared the Bordentown Regional School District braintrust pulled a 180 and decided to allow the songs back in the concert . . .  Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause,” wrote George Washington. So is this controversy over? Not by a long shot. Nov. 13 is a Bordentown Board of Education meeting. I expect more acrimony.


  • Posted: 11/13/2013
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Baylor retains ban on homosexual behavior

Scotland: New push to force sex ed on Christian schools

Religious songs reinstated for winter concert | Hamilton Observer

Colorado College lists five genders, including ‘queer,’ on applications

Former Faculty Members’ Suit Against Religious College Dismissed On Establishment Clause Grounds

Bordentown: Religious songs to be reinstated for winter concert | CentralJersey.com

    CentralJersey.com: Prior to the superintendent’s letter, Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization that deals primarily with religious freedom issues, sent a letter to district officials to lobby for the songs’ inclusion. ”We write to explain that every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including Christmas carols and other religious music in school choir programs fully complies with the First Amendment and to urge you to immediately rescind the new policy instituted by administrative officials,” the letter read. The letter, written by the organization’s legal counsel, further stated the district’s role as it pertains to the First Amendment is to remain neutral from religion and refrain “from demonstrating an unconstitutional hostility toward songs with religious origins.”


  • Posted: 11/08/2013
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Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: Kelly Shackelford on symbolic speech

New Jersey School Lifts Controversial Ban on Christmas Carols | Christian Post

New Jersey School Bans Christian Christmas Music | Persecution.org

    Persecution.org: Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal firm specializing in religious liberty cases, fired off a letter to the New Jersey grinches – reminding them that it’s perfectly constitutional to sing “Joy to the World.” “Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow students to perform Christmas carols,” said Legal Counsel Matthew Sharp. “Courts have unanimously upheld their inclusion in school productions–even when songs deal with Christian themes that are naturally a part of the holiday.” The Alliance Defending Freedom letter explains that “every federal court to examine the issue has determined that including Christmas carols and other religious music in school choir programs fully complies with the First Amendment.”


  • Posted: 11/07/2013
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Bordentown school district will allow religious songs in winter program | NJ.com

Conservative parents, left wing children | Dennis Prager at Human Events

FL: Hundreds prepare protest against Islam chapter in Volusia Co. school textbook

Parents slam pro-Islam slant in Florida school textbook

Scotland: Bid to remove religious voice from education

MN: Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students

Ohio student wins free-speech victory on college campus | One News Now

Catholic principal says Quebec rule prohibits teaching faith

Unconstitutional Ban on Christmas Carols Overturned at NJ School | Charisma

NJ school district withdraws ban on religious Christmas carols | Alliance Defending Freedom