Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
HSLDA: t also does not appear that the state legislature has authorized the state board to promulgate rules or regulations regarding homeschooling in West Virginia. In fact, if there is any change needed, it in the area of deregulation—not increased regulation.
WorldNetDaily: More than 100 children from Malawi’s southern district of Nsanje have been forced at gunpoint to receive measles vaccinations, according to a report from the southern African nation. And the partner in the forced medication program? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to Natural News.
IRIN Africa: Authorities in Kano, Nigeria, recently announced people would be jailed or fined for refusing to immunize their children against polio, as cases increase in the northern state, but it is unclear whether this approach is working.
AP: Students who have signed up for Indiana’s broad new school voucher program could be jerked out of private schools midsemester unless it’s allowed to continue operating pending the outcome of a lawsuit, state officials argued Thursday.
John Bellamy at CrossRhythms: The destruction is shocking, the thieving violates us all, and the lack of respect for authority shakes our confidence in our law and order values.
LifeSiteNews.com: Ontario’s largest association of Catholic parents has opposed the homosexual “anti-bullying” clubs being developed for Ontario’s Catholic high schools. The group also called on the Toronto Catholic District School Board to pass amendments to its equity policy designed to protect Catholic teaching in the schools.
Pacific Justice Institute: An appeal has been filed with the California Court of Appeal in a lawsuit challenging a refusal by the superintendent and school board president of San Jose Unified School District to allow a parent to formally request changes to a controversial program at her child’s middle school.
FindLaw Blotter: On the outside, Domingos Jose Oliveira may seem like any concerned father – except most parents won’t post “Wanted: Dead or Alive” signs about their daughter’s boyfriend even if they disapprove of the relationship.
AP: Muhammad Abdu Zango, Kano state coordinator of Journalists Against Polio, said Tuesday that more than 200 parents refused the vaccine in one district alone.
Dr. Keith Ablow at FoxNews.com: The abortion debate has left one issue largely off the table: The proper rights of men to prevent the abortion of their children.
Nathan A. Cherry at the Engage Family Blog: In a stunning victory for the family the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that half of a one-time lesbian duo is not entitled to custody of the other woman’s child.
Maine Family Policy Council: Maine parents have known for a long time that their rights are slowly being taken away by the school system and the government. Parentsrights.org looks to end the erosion of parents’ rights by giving you talking points when contacting Maine’s Congressional reps to urge the passage of the Parents Rights Amendment. The proposed Parental Rights Amendment will preserve the traditional view that parental rights are a fundamental right, and restore the traditional strict scrutiny standard of protection, while preserving the government’s power to prevent and to prosecute child abuse and neglect.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allies send letter to Congress opposing parental choice in education
Americans United, Allied Groups Oppose Taxpayer Funding of Religious Schools In Washington, D.C. | Americans United: Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined 52 educational, religious and public policy groups in calling on Congress not to divert taxpayer dollars to religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia.
ABC News: Harvard University child obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig’s recent claim that some parents should lose custody of their severely obese children has sparked outrage among families and professionals across the country.
HSLDA : There seems to be special resistance to homeschooling older children, desiring them to be socialized into the public school and wider culture. But, as several families told us, even younger children may be approved for homeschooling one year and disapproved the next year with little to no justification. In some families, approval is granted for one child and not a sibling, with little rhyme or reason given.
Liberty Counsel: Today the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld lower court rulings that a biological mother, Kelly Mullen, who had allowed her same-sex partner, Michele Hobbs, to “coparent” Mullen’s daughter while the two women were in a relationship, did not permanently give up her right to exclusive custody of the child. The court ruled that it was a revocable relationship and did not create a permanent shared custody agreement with the partner.
Stanley Fish at the NYTimes.com: And there you have it: a clash between the worship of freedom of speech and a concern for the quality of public life in relation to which free speech may sometimes be asked to take a back seat. It is the same clash that pits the freedom to play video games against society’s interest in fostering a generation of young adults responsive to its ideals and aspirations. We have seen this before — in the pornography cases, in the crush-video case, in the case upholding the right of an anti-gay ministry to picket the funerals of soldiers — and we shall certainly see it again.
LifeSiteNews.com: California law currently permits children age 12 and older to consent for themselves to diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. The proposed law, AB 499, would extend that right to include preventative care, such as immunizations.
Terence P. Jeffrey at Townhall: “The practice and beliefs of the founding generation establish that ‘the freedom of speech,’ as originally understood, does not include a right to speak to minors (or a right of minors to access speech) without going through the minors’ parents or guardians,” wrote Thomas. But Thomas was a dissenter. Justice Antonin Scalia — a conservative — wrote the majority opinion in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association.
Dissenting in a free-speech ruling about violent video games, Justice Clarence Thomas said the First Amendment was written at a time when parents were understood to exercise complete control over minor children.
Phyllis Schlafly at Townhall : The U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong in Brown v. Entertainment Merchant Association. This wasn’t a First Amendment case, it was a parents’ rights case — and only Justice Clarence Thomas understood that.
Ken KlukowskiWashington Examiner: Justice Antonin Scalia was dead wrong in striking down California’s restriction on selling horribly violent video games to children. And Justice Clarence Thomas did a spectacular job of showing why the Founders would uphold this law.
VolunteerTv.com: A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas had some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child before sentencing her to probation. “You don’t spank children today,” said Judge Jose Longoria. “In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don’t spank children.”
LifeSiteNews.com: If minors require parental consent to use a tanning bed, shouldn’t they also require it to get an abortion? That was the seemingly commonsense thinking behind a Connecticut senator’s move to amend a bill that was before the state senate – a move that ultimately contributed to the bill’s demise.
Daily Mail Online: A Massachusetts middle school has sparked outrage after forcing students to answer questions about oral sex. Parent Arlene Tessitore made an official complaint after her seventh and eighth grade daughters were forced to take the Youth Risk Behaviour Study at Memorial Middle School.
LifeNews.com: New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has vetoed a bill that would allow parents to know when their minor daughter is considering an abortion, so they could help the young girls find better alternatives.
It was then that the option of embryo donation was suggested to the couple. The process involves taking sperm and eggs from donors and using them to create an embryo which would then be placed in Jo’s womb.
Our Sunday Visitor: That leads to a subtle anti-clericalism, he said, because the children learn that priests cannot be counted on to hand on the faith. It shows in what he sees as a dearth of vocations from home-school families. “Why would you want to join the club if its members can’t be trusted to their jobs?” he said.
Brad A. Greenberg: The Circumcision Wars – WSJ.com: But the practice has its critics. Judaism’s small but vocal anti-circumcision movement insists that pain and bodily modification aren’t necessary for forming a child’s covenant with God. Outside of Judaism, the anti-circumcision movement began as a loose union of “intactivists” in 1960s and ’70s San Francisco. It has since coalesced into groups like the National Organization for the Restoration of Men—and they are now looking for some legislative leverage.
LifeSiteNews.com: Quebec parents and daycare providers filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the Quebec Superior Court against new provincial directives for the province’s massively-funded daycare system that ban mention of religion and God.
Christian Faith-Healing Parents on Trial for Refusing Medical Attention: An Oregon couple has been accused of medically neglecting their baby daughter after refusing medical treatment for a large tumor that developed over her left eye. Opening statements were heard Friday at the Clackamas County Courthouse, and the trial will resume today. Timothy and Rebecca Wyland . . .
NECN: Legislation to reinstate a requirement for pregnant girls seeking abortions to tell their parents first is headed to the desk of New Hampshire Gov. John Lynn following its passage by the state Senate.
LifeSiteNews.com: Following is a list of recent pro-life legislative gains on the state level . . .
In an emotionally charged decision that critics say will undermine marriage, the court reversed centuries of common law and its own 2008 ruling that held such children are presumed to be the offspring of the woman and her husband.
AP: A Tennessee missionary charged with helping a woman get her child out of the United States as part of a high-profile lesbian custody case in Vermont says he’s not guilty. Timothy David Miller . . .
Boston Globe: The Senate is voting this week whether New Hampshire should reinstate a requirement that girls first tell their parents or a judge before getting an abortion.
JournalStar.com: Nebraska lawmakers gave second-round approval late Monday on a bill that would require parental consent for a minor’s abortion. The bill (LB690) . . .
LifeSiteNews: The question of whether end-of-life decisions, such as whether or not to withdraw life-support, should be made at the discretion of a doctor or family members is at stake in the Rasouli case, taken before Ontario’s Court of Appeal yesterday.
CBC.ca: “I conclude, based on the whole of the evidence, that assisted reproduction using an anonymous gamete donor is harmful to the child, and it is not in the best interests of donor offspring,” wrote Adair.
New Zealand Herald: One of the most evil manifestations of the abortion industry and the “health” system is their ability to have abortions performed on schoolgirls without the knowledge or consent of the child’s parents.
sst.live.co.nz: Schools are helping teenage girls keep abortions secret from their parents. Imogen Neale reports. A MOTHER is angry her 16-year-old daughter had a secret abortion arranged by a school counsellor.
LifeNews: Governor Brian Schweitzer continued his abortion advocacy in Montana on Thursday when he vetoed a bill that would have protected girls and their parents on the issue of abortion on minors.
LifeNews: But Delaware lawmakers on the House Health and Human Development Committee said no. They rejected on Wednesday a bill requiring girls under the age of 18 to get the consent of at least one parent before an abortion.
The New American: At the moment, the U.S.-based Home School Legal Defense Association and the Alliance Defense Fund are appealing the case to a European-level court in an effort to reunite the family based on violations of human rights and international treaties to which Sweden is a party. That case is progressing slowly, and no arguments have been heard yet. But the pressure is mounting as more and more organizations get involved.
LifeSiteNews: To those who believe that Sweden’s family policy is the model for a social utopia, well-known Swedish mentor, researcher and business consultant Jonas Himmelstrand says he is ready to “bust the myths.” Far from a utopia, Sweden is overwhelmed with parent-child alienation, a consequence of overly-obtrusive family policies that heavily favor state subsidized day care over home care, he says.
LifeSiteNews: A Quebec judge has ordered a three-year-old and a five-year-old to attend state-funded day care following claims that the children lacked proper “socialization.”
The Palm Beach Post: Florida lawmakers are poised to make the state’s parental notification of abortion laws stricter, making it more difficult for a minor to get a judges’ approval for the procedure.
Irish Times: THE DEPARTMENT of Education should take all reasonable measures to ensure parents have a choice of school patron, according to a new report by an expert group.
Howard Rich at Townhall: Well, as cash-strapped public sector unions find themselves beset by a rising tide of legislation targeting their benefits, collective bargaining and recruitment tools – they are becoming less inclined (and less able) to fight against parental choice plans. In fact, they must defend their bread and butter issues first – or risk losing everything.
Religion Clause Blog: In Norway, the Labour Party is proposing a change in the health care law so that ritual circumcisions of boys– practiced by Jews and Muslims– will be covered without charge as part of the public health system.
A Christian missionary charged with helping a woman take her 9-year-old daughter to Central America during a custody dispute with her former lesbian partner was allowed Monday to remain free on $25,000 bond . . .
Jordan Lorence at Human Events: The Supreme Court’s decision to throw out the challenge to Arizona’s tuition tax credit plan gives needed breathing room to that state’s emerging and innovative school-choice system. It also imposes common-sense requirements on opponents of school choice, including the American Civil Liberties Union, which now must come to court with people who have been actually harmed by the tax credit plan, and have more than just generalized complaints against it based on extreme notions of “separation of church and state.”
Legal Periodical: Parents, Students, And The Pledge Of Allegiance: Why Courts Must Protect The Marketplace Of Student Ideas,
Legal Periodical: When Parental Authority Goes Too Far: The Fourth Amendment Rights of Minors in Their Parents’ Homes
Henning, Kristin N., When Parental Authority Goes Too Far: The Fourth Amendment Rights of Minors in Their Parents’ Homes (December 28, 2010). William & Mary Law Review, Forthcoming; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-32. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1797810
Greenfield Reporter: A Senate committee will hear from the public this week whether New Hampshire should reinstate a requirement that girls first tell their parents or a judge before getting an abortion.
Religion Clause Blog: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court disposed summarily of Arizona School Choice Trust v. Winn, (Docket No. 09-988) granting certiorari and remanding the case to the 9th Circuit for further proceedings.
Abducted homeschooler’s case finally advances: Police took child from his parents only because of education at home
WorldNetDaily: It’s been some nine months since family advocates pleaded with the European Court of Human Rights to look into the case of a Swedish child taken by police from his parents and isolated with government-sponsored foster parents because he was being homeschooled, and now a case number has been assigned. The move in Domenic Johansson’s case is significant, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association, because once a file number has been assigned, the case can begin to move forward. The HSLDA had joined with the Alliance Defense Fund, an international civil and religious rights organization, to seek help from the ECHR.
hen President Obama outlines his tax-increase plan on Wednesday, it’ll be based on the liberal assumption that all money belongs to the government, with Americans retaining only what bureaucrats allow. That’s the dangerous argument Supreme CourtJustice Elena Kagan, an Obama appointee, made last week in a case on education funding.
C-FAM: In an awkward turn of events that pitted pro-life and pro-family advocates against the students, legislators heard a host of reasons why U.S. ratification posed a threat to religious freedom, parental rights, and the right to life. Heightening tensions was talk in the halls that the Vatican backed the resolution. The school’s lay chaplain testified that the resolution was launched at a joint event at the United Nations last year hosted by the Holy See and the religious order that runs St. Raphael’s.
Mercator.net: The high court agreed 5–4 with the arguments of Alliance Defense Fund attorneys and dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against an Arizona program that promotes school choice.
The Republic: “Delaware lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill that would require parental consent before a girl under the age of 18 can receive an abortion.”
Express.co.uk: SCOUTS in their mid-teens will be able to ask their leaders any questions they like about sex from today, but angry family experts last night attacked the new policy.
Dave Cortman on the Hugh Hewitt Show: The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Arizona school tuition tax credit case
ADF attorney Dave Cortman appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss the ruling in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. | MP3 audio 5:55 mins
Jeremy Tedesco on KFYI 550 AM with Mike Broomhead: A closer look at the Arizona school tuition tax credit victory
Candi Cushman at Citizen Link: As it has done many times before, this week the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the 9th Circuit, finding that the ACLU’s clients lacked standing to file the lawsuit. “The decision creates a national precedent that will prevent similar legal attacks in the future,” said the Alliance Defense Fund press release. It affirms a key concept underlying most school choice programs—that private donations and the personal choices of families are voluntary and are not the same thing as government-forced religion.
Michael Foust at Baptist Press: Parents should be able to choose what’s best for their own children. This ruling empowers parents to do just that,” David Cortman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, said in a news release. ADF supports the law and represented an STO — the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization — in the case. That particular organization was the main STO party in the case. “Parents should decide what schools their children attend and where their money goes,” Cortman said. “The ACLU failed in its attempt to eliminate school choice for hundreds of thousands of students nationwide and also failed to demonstrate that it had any constitutional basis for its clients to file suit in the first place.”
Huffington Post: The Alliance Defense Fund, which argued for the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization, hailed the “national precedent” that will limit similar suits in federal courts. “The court’s reasoning is sound,” said ADF senior counsel David Cortman. “The government does not own 100 percent of every American’s paycheck. The donations are private money, not government money.” Americans United for Separation of Church and State agreed the decision could prevent federal court action on the issue in the future, but vowed to continue the fight in state courts. “This is not a good day for the wall of separation,” said the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “A few more bricks are out of it.”