In appreciation for our ‘Day of Deliverance’

Norwood, MA voters approve measure to rename winter vacation as “Christmas vacation”

State employees, students could take off religious holidays under Wash. bill

Bill shields Tenn. school religious displays from suits

MA: Northborough K-8 School Committee leery of nixing religious holidays

Hindus in New Jersey school district want a day off for Diwali

PA: Students’ right to free expression spelled out in new policy | PennLive

de Blasio: NYC public schools to close for Muslim holidays

GA Senate approves bill allowing religious holiday displays in schools

MA: Northboro, Southboro school boards debate change on religious holidays

VA will not respond to caroling demand | Augusta Chronicle

Ga. bill would allow Christmas decorations in schools

Indiana lawmaker seeks to protect Christmas spirit in public schools

PA: Ruling on student speech spurs policy review | Valley News Dispatch

Veteran’s Affairs committee wants review of policy on VA’s anti-Christmas acts | Augusta Chronicle

Defend right to sing carols | Augusta Chronicle

Christmas Carols and cards prohibited for U.S. military veterans! | Medium-Presse-Info

Veteran hospital’s ban on Christmas carols draws criticism | CNA/EWTN

Public uproar arises after religious songs halt Wausau choir

Two House Members Object To VA Hospital Christmas Celebration Policies

Let school kids sing Christmas carols | Lohud.com (Gannett)

VA hospitals nix Christmas to ‘protect’ veterans | World Magazine

12 songs approved by Uncle Sam: VA blasted for censoring Christmas music | One News Now

WI: Wausau works toward policy on religious music

Legal group demands Augusta VA welcome all caroling | Augusta Chronicle

Group demands religious carols be allowed at Augusta VA hospital | Atlanta Business Chronicle

Group asks VA medical center to lift ban on religious Christmas carols in public areas | Fox 19

ADF: VA hospital should lift ban on Christmas carolers

Who Took “Christ” Out of Christmas? | Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Effectively confronting the speech and religion Nazis

Merry Christmas to all | Orlando Sun Sentinel

Christmas censors aren’t taking the holiday off | Jordan Lorence at Washington Examiner

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

Nativity Scenes At Guantanamo Spark Protest

Survey Finds Most Americans Think Christmas should be “More about Jesus” and “Celebrated in public schools” | Care2.com

    Care2.com: “Public schools’ confusion about this issue and the legalities of celebrating Christmas in other ways has been largely caused by inaccurate information about the Establishment Clause spread by certain groups opposed to any religious expression occurring in public,” noted the Alliance Defending Freedom in a letter sent last month to thousands of school districts. ADF Senior Counsel, Kevin Theriot added, “The Constitution both allows and protects the celebration of Christmas in public schools. We hope the materials we are providing to school districts will help clear up the misinformation that groups attempting to cleanse all traces of religion from the public square have spread for far too long.”


  • Posted: 12/18/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.care2.com

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“Christmas Is More Cultural Than Religious For Many” | AP

Yes, Virginia, there really is a war on Christmas | Kelly Shackelford at Fox News

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

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.”


  • Posted: 12/16/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.thenewamerican.com

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ESPN ‘Jesus’ ad accepted: Banned Christmas commercial approved after uproar | Examiner.com

    Examiner.com: Since 1956, the Catholic foundation has run similar ads with other media outlets without incident. However, it appeared ESPN’s ban on Jesus and God on the air was an indictment of Christmas, as Doug Napier with Alliance Defending Freedom said. ESPN came back to us and said it was denied due to religious advocacy. We were disappointed and dumbfounded with their decision,” said Dan Buck, the Catholic foundation’s executive director. They told us the lines about ‘Celebrate the birth of Jesus’ and ‘Help us reveal God’s healing message’ are ‘problematic’. That’s a quote from them,” Buck added.


  • Posted: 12/16/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.examiner.com

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“ESPN Reverses Course, To Allow Catholic Group’s Ad” | AP (12/13)

Christmas carols, cards and greetings at school. Are they constitutional? | Sentinel-Standard (Gannett)

    Harold Pease at Sentinel-Standard (Gannett – widely distributed): Should they do more than bluster, which is unlikely given their loss ratio, defending your right to celebrate Christmas in the traditional – even historical manner – is protected by the Constitution and defended by the Alliance Defending Freedom who have recently sent a letter to more than 13,000 school districts nationwide offering their free legal assistance. Attorneys all over the country volunteer their services to protect this part of the Constitution. Should a student or faculty member feel threatened by their leadership or wish council on this subject they can be reached at 1-800-835-5233 and such are invited to visit www.AllianceDefendingFreedom.org. The Alliance will be happy to send a letter encouraging them to honor your First Amendment rights. Alliance literature notes the things that may be done in the public setting.


  • Posted: 12/13/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.sentinel-standard.com

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Report: ESPN Rejects Catholic Hospital Ad Because ‘jesus,’ ‘god’ ‘problematic’ | Breitbart

MN: Nativity Scene Figures Stolen From St. Joseph Church

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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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.charismanews.com

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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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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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SC: Air Force removes Nativity scene

Culture wars: Holiday struggle over public spaces still very much alive (+video)

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

Nativity scene in western Md. stirs discussion

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

Florida: “ACLU warns: Nativity display opens capitol door for anything”

MT: ACLU complains HS choirs to sing in church concert

Is there a war on Christmas? | Doug Napier on MyFoxPhoenix (video)

Carols not an issue in schools | Madison County Journal

Conservatives Love ‘merry Christmas.’ Liberals Don’t Care. | Washington Post

Religious carols reinstated for charter school concert | One News Now

Group Working to Spread the Truth About the Constitutionality of Christmas | Doug Napier on O’Reilly Factor Video

Anti-faith Humbugs Ensure ‘tis The Season To Be … Litigious | Alan Sears at Alliance Defending Freedom

Religious Expression in Public Flares During Christmas Season | Sunshine State News

    Lisa Beth Folch at Sunshine State News: Those who oppose the religious side of Christmas say it violates separation of church and state. This is one of the many fallacies put to rest by Alliance Defending Freedom, which has stepped in to clarify many misconceptions about the constitutionality of celebrating Christmas in a public arena. Roughly 13,000 letters were sent to school districts all over the nation, including in Florida, explaining the Constitution and debunking typical myths. For example, they said OK to sing traditional Christmas carols and say, “Merry Christmas,” even at school . . . Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told Sunshine State News, “In the past few weeks, Alliance Defending Freedom sent letters to three schools that had banned religious Christmas carols from their music programs. Each school quickly reversed its decision. As these three victories demonstrate, we often find that once schools are educated about the law in this area they are more than willing to stand up against the fear and misinformation spread by groups like the ACLU.” [more]


  • Posted: 12/03/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.sunshinestatenews.com

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Legal-Courts Religious carols reinstated for charter school concert | One News Now

Christmas is constitutional | The Argus Observer

The Buzz: War on Christmas and Confederate angels | The State

ADF to 13,000+ school districts: Christmas is constitutional | Sonoran News

SC School Lifts Ban on Religious Christmas Carols | Charisma News