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Christian News Network: The superintendent of a school district in Ohio has put an end to a prayer chain that had been running between a local principal and teachers at his school, which served as a means to support the sick and abused.
Yahoo News (The Christian Science Monitor): In every season since 1930, the Oneida, Tenn., high school football games have begun with a prayer. But this year, based on legal advice, the school chose not to begin the games with an invocation via the public address system.
The Washington Times (AP): Abortion opponents confidently prayed for success Wednesday at the Missouri Capitol as lawmakers convened to try to override a veto of one of the nation’s longest abortion-waiting periods.
Tri-City Herald: “I suspect there’d be some legal difficulties in dictating who someone prays to,” said Brett Harvey, senior counsel for Alliance for Defending Freedom, a nonprofit that advocates for religion in government.
Raw Story: Even Brett Harvey, senior counsel for Alliance for Defending Freedom, a group that advocates for a greater religious presence in government, said that Trumbo’s interpretation of the decision was unsound. “I suspect there’d be some legal difficulties in deciding who someone prays to,” he toldThe Herald.
Zenit: Faced with the barbarity of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), many Christians are left wondering, “What can we do to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their beliefs?” The International Prayer and Fasting Coalition is urging people of all faiths to a worldwide prayer and fasting campaign for peace Sept. 20-28.
Winston-Salem Journal: The parties are now waiting for U.S. District Court Judge James A. Beaty Jr. to act. He could make a determination based on the briefs or could schedule a hearing, said Brett Harvey, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. “What happens next is in the hands of the judge,” Harvey said.
Democrat & Chronicle: The rules mirror a model policy from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization that represented the town in the Supreme Court case. Brett Harvey, the group’s senior counsel, said allowing anyone to speak “made sense when the town had a manageable number of people making a request.” Now Greece needed a neutral way to select speakers, he said.
Religion News Service: This case is bringing together a diverse coalition that includes the Anti-Defamation League, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Alliance Defending Freedom, several social scientists, and even the U.S. government.
Religion News Service: A group of county commissioners in Florida is testing a recent Supreme Court decision by banning atheists from delivering an invocation before local public meetings.
Christian News Network: Approximately 200 students at a Georgia high school and their parents gathered to pray on the football field Wednesday—with an even larger gathering on Thursday—in response to a letter from a national humanist organization that threatened possible legal action if the school’s coaches continue “promot[ing] Christianity.”
Huffington Post: A day after the American Humanist Association threatened to sue a Georgia school district for permitting coaches to use the football program to promote religious acts and messages, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) lashed out against “liberal atheist interest groups” Wednesday for “trying to bully” high schoolers.
The Christian Post: The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson — folks around Gainesville, Georgia don’t take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children.
Gainesville Times: The Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that promotes the expression of religious beliefs, cites these principles in its handbook for student religious rights.
Winston-Salem Journal: Brett Harvey, senior counsel with the Alliance, said Tuesday that counsel would file a reply in the next few weeks. He said courts had already recognized that the county’s policy was inclusive, and that it was the content of the prayers that they had found problematic.
District Court says Town of Greece decision does not cover invocations offered directly by county board members
Religion Clause: After the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Town of Greece case last May, a number of local governments that had been enjoined by lower courts from opening council meetings with sectarian prayers petitioned lower courts to dissolve or modify the injunctions.
A national organization is promising pro bono legal help to keep invocations in city council meetings
Santa Maria Sun: The Alliance Defending Freedom offers pro bono, or free, legal help to cities that want to keep their invocations. The organization’s lawyers will help cities draft invocation policies that comply with California and federal law.
The Wall Street Journal: At a recent meeting of the Osceola County, Fla., board of commissioners, many attendees bowed their heads in silence as they listened to an invocation delivered by an atheist.
The Christian Post: A South Carolina school board is considering a return to a prayer policy similar to Town of Greece, New York after the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of sectarian prayers at public meetings.
The Washington Times: David Cortman, director of litigation and senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, welcomed the ruling, noting that the high court said it is important to look at the historical practice of anything being challenged. “It’s difficult to say a practice that’s 200 years old is now unconstitutional because of a test framed 40 years ago,” Mr. Cortman said.
The Christian Post: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel David Cortman, whose organization helped represent Greece during the trial, declared that “the Supreme Court has again affirmed that Americans are free to pray.”
Religion News Service: There have already been secular invocations offered at meetings in Pennsylvania and Illinois, and atheist groups in Florida have asked for a chance at the lectern.
WYFF4: An Upstate school district is one step closer to changing its prayer policy for the second time in less than 18 months and it all started with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
MyFox8: Forsyth County is asking a federal court to dissolve a 2010 injunction that stopped the county from allowing pastors to give invocations that had sectarian references at the start of public county meetings, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Alliance Defending Freedom: After winning a lawsuit last month at the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of prayers before public meetings, Alliance Defending Freedom is now asking a federal district court to lift its order against the prayer policy of Forsyth County, N.C. The order requires the county to censor the way people pray to ensure only generic prayers are offered at public meetings.
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.
Acton Institute: The president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, Alan Sears, writes: “Religious coercion was a great concern to the Founders, and rightly so.” Sears reminds us that the Founding Fathers took the idea of “coercion” seriously, “and did not dumb it down to include being ‘offended.’”
Christian News Network: A legendary football coach has been axed from his tradition of speaking at his local high school’s graduation ceremony due to complaints over his past references to religion in his speech.
Christian News Network: Officials for a North Carolina school district are condemning Christian prayers at a recent event honoring war veterans a violation of district policy.
Public Discourse: Earlier this month, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality ofopening legislative meetings with prayer. That outcome is no surprise; the smart bet has long been that the Court would uphold praying for lawmakers on the strength of its 1983 decision in Marsh v. Chambers. The Court’s five-to-four split is no surprise either, save to the few who thought that Justice Breyer might join the religion-friendly Justices Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Kennedy, and Chief Justice Roberts in the majority.
Christian News Network: Students from a high school in Arizona recently joined together in prayer of their own accord after their local school district discontinued its long-held practice of presenting invocations during graduation ceremonies.
Allied News: Offended by the predominant Christian prayers at the council meetings, the women – who are atheist and Jewish – claimed they were unconstitutional. Greece is primarily Christian, but tried to bring in other religious groups to pray when the women complained. Alliance Defending Freedom argued for the town, stating that prayer by governmental bodies has always been constitutional.
Christian News Network: A number of city councils and county commissioners nationwide have decided to add prayer to their public meetings following this month’s Supreme Court ruling that declared invocations at government gatherings constitutional.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Wednesday to local governments and organizations affirming the legality of public invocations in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway upholding the freedom of Americans to pray according to their own beliefs at public meetings.
Legal Talk Network: David Cortman discusses Greece v. Galloway with Douglas Laycock on the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast.
Constitution Daily: The Supreme Court on Monday morning didn’t announce action on another possible big test case about the role of religion in public facilities and the separation of church and state.
The Sylva Herald: The town of Dillsboro will open board meetings with Christian prayers delivered by local clergymen following a divided Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that clears the way for invocations.
Mike Gallagher interviews Joel Oster about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
National Law Journal: For citizens against the prayers, the decision sets dangerous church-state precedent. For the town of Greece, court’s ruling is a victory for religious freedom.
National Review: Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with ADF, discusses the implications of Town of Greece v. Galloway.
One News Now: A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has sent New York churches back to court over use of public school property.
NRB: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in a 5-4 decision that the Town of Greece (a suburb of Rochester, NY) had not violated the Constitution by its practice of beginning town meetings with a public prayer.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Please join me in giving heartfelt thanks for this crucial decision, for the far-reaching impact it will have in so many other cases around the country, and for the important legal precedent it sets to secure religious freedom for you and your family and for people of faith throughout America.
Georgeene Rice interviews ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
ADF Media: ADF letter filed with 2nd Circuit cites ‘Town of Greece v. Galloway’ as support for re-evaluating ‘Bronx’ decision.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Here are 7 things you need to know about ‘Town of Greece v. Galloway.’
The SCOTUS Blog held something of a symposium yesterday, offering up five opinions on the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision. I’ll highlight the key sections of each opinion here.
Albert Mohler: In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that prayer before the opening of a legislative body does not violate the U. S. Constitution.
Vicki McKenna interviews Joel Oster about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
Rob Schilling interviews ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
Larry O’Connor interviews ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani interviews ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey about the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision that happened earlier this week.
The World and Everything In It: An interview with Brett Harvey regarding the ‘Town of Greece v. Galloway’ decision.
National Review: An interview with ADF’s Brett Harvey regarding the Town of Greece Supreme Court ruling from earlier this week.
The Kelly File, Fox News. Video, 5:52 mins.
ADF Media: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to affirm the freedom of Americans to pray according to their own beliefs at public meetings
The Christian Post: An Oklahoma school has barred a coach from leading prayer with his players.
ADF Media: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to affirm the freedom of Americans to pray according to their own beliefs at public meetings
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM MEDIA ADVISORY April 30, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT ADF MEDIA RELATIONS: (480) 444-0020 or www.adfmedia.org/home/contact On Nat’l Day of Prayer, Colo. Supreme Court hearing case on prayer proclamations Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys available to media …
Rhode Island will host a “Day of Reason” on May 1st. Governor Lincoln Chafee declared that the “Day of Reason” will happen on the same day as the Day of Prayer, thanks to lobbying from unnamed atheist groups.
Religion News: “The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer – as long the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian.”
Army Times: “In a letter to military leaders and the White House, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is asking officials not to provide speakers or ceremonial support for the event, which they argue would show favoritism and endorsement of evangelical Christians.”
Detroit Free Press: “Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has turned down an atheist’s request to place a ‘reason station’ inside city hall for one year, saying it would disrupt an existing prayer station allowed by the city.”
KEYT: “There will no longer be prayers at Pismo Beach city council meetings, according to a vote yesterday. It comes after religious freedom groups filed a lawsuit against the city claiming the city chaplain’s opening prayers made some residents uncomfortable.”
Times of India: “Upset over being denied permission to hold prayer meetings in the school quadrangle for Good Friday and two more days this week, Vashi-based Sacred Heart Church is planning to move Bombay high court against the authorities.”
WAMC: “City councilors in Plattsburgh reversed themselves this week and approved a compromise that will allow a prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood on Good Friday.”