Atheist demands to end prayer at Calif. town’s meetings baseless | Alliance Defending Freedom

State lawmaker addresses school prayer

Rutherford County commissioner’s prayer at school dedication renews debate

Clay School Board keeps opening invocation | Florida Times Union

Praying mom now has legal representation | One News Now

Liberty Institute To Discuss The Constitutionality Of Public Prayer During League City City Council Meeting

Sen. Marco Rubio: Prayer in Congress proves freedom of religion

Mom’s School Prayers Stir Legal Fight in N.H. | Concord Monitor

    Concord Monitor: The Alliance Defending Freedom will provide legal services to Lizarda Urena of Concord to challenge the Concord School District’s decision to disallow her from praying on school property . . . Matthew Sharp, general counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said yesterday the group has not filed a lawsuit and is still determining how to move forward. The group provides all legal services pro bono.
    “We think the facts in this one really matter,” Sharp said. “She was (praying) passively. I think she was providing a great example there of just a mother that is passionate about wanting what’s best for her kids.” Sharp argues that Urena’s speech is protected under the First Amendment and that the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s assertion that her praying violates the separation of church and state is “blatantly false.” “It’s the private speech of a parent, not the endorsed speech of the school,” he said.

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New Hampshire district tells mom she can no longer pray on school’s steps | Fox News (AP)

School prayer pits mom against NH school district | Dayton Daily News (AP)

Obama administration, in court brief, supports prayer at public meetings | Baptist Press at Townhall

Arizona group to help NH mom fight to pray near school | KTAR

Alabama Governor Supports Cullman County School District Prayer Caravan

Congress, States, And Even Obama’s Doj Rally To Prayer-givers’ Defense | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Evansville Crosses, Freedom to pray and the Supreme Court | David Cortman and Chris Wischer on The World and Everything In It

“U.S. backs government prayer” | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

CA: Attorneys give arguments in Eureka invocations, prayer breakfast case

Inhofe backs prayer measure

ERLC defends sectarian public prayers

VA: Magistrate recommends Pittsylvania pay $53K to ACLU for prayers

Texas Attorney General Abbott leads multi-state effort to protect the right of governmental bodies to begin meetings with prayer

Superintendent Fires Back at Freedom From Religion Foundation |

Chaplain Alliance files brief with U.S. Supreme Court in support of chaplains’ right to pray

23 US States Urge Supreme Court to Allow Prayer in Government Meetings | Christian Post

Members of Congress add voices to Greece prayer case | Democrat and Chronicle

NC: County Commissioners Pray In Another Room To Technically Comply With Court Order

High Court to Hear Landmark Case on Religious Expression | Mo. Family Policy Council

FRC, 85 Members of Congress File Brief in Biggest Religious Liberty Supreme Court Case In Last Half Century | PR Newswire

NH: Mother may sue for right to pray at daughter’s school

Indiana Joins 22 Other States In Legislative Prayer Case

Even If Your Prayers Aren’t Brief, This Brief Could Help Your Prayers | FRC Washington Update at Patriot Post

Indiana joins fight in support of legislative prayers

Mom Banned From Praying for Children’s Safety on School Grounds | The New American

Mom banned from campus for praying out loud | One News Now

Liberty Counsel Defends Religious Liberty in Supreme Court Amicus Brief

Christian Legal Group Fights ACLU’s Attempt to End Student Prayer at Public School Football Games

ACLU lawsuit against Franklin County Commission dismissed

A Principal Allowed Her to Deliver Bible Readings on School Property Every Morning This Past Spring

    Patheos: Of course, a Religious Right group is arguing that this is a violation of the mother’s rights: [Says Matthew Sharp, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom,] “The students know it’s the mother and her own speech — something that the First Amendment protects — and that it is not the school mandating this woman to do it.” . . . Sharp of the pro-prayer Alliance Defending Freedom says the group hasn’t decided whether to take up Urena’s cause. “What this mother is doing is carrying on one of the great American traditions,” he said. I reiterate my earlier point: If the mother were preaching any faith other than Christianity, I doubt Sharp would be defending her . . .

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Mom banned from praying outside high school | The New Age

UK: Prayers axed from council meetings in Plymouth

TX: League City offered help in potential prayer suit

Texas City Stands up to Atheists Over Prayers at Government Meetings

School expels mom for praying on front steps | World Magazine

Group Asks Cullman Schools to Stop Prayer Caravan

Lizarda Urena, New Hampshire Parent, Banned From Praying Aloud Outside Public School | Huffington Post

‘Let Us Pray’ Before Town Council Becomes High Court Case

‘Let Us Pray’ Before Town Council Becomes High Court Case | Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Concord bans mom from praying at steps of school each morning | Unions Leader

Atheist Activist Group Demands Texas City to Cease Holding Public Prayers Before Council Meetings

NH: Concord administrators plan to stop mother from praying outside school

Court orders NC Rowan County Commissioners to stop “sectarian” prayers

TX: League City Tradition Under Attack

ADF: Michigan school district caved to ACLU | One News Now

Federal court allows public invocations in Hamilton County, Tenn. | Alliance Defending Freedom

Christian Legal Group Tackles Tiff Over Football Coach, Student-Led Prayers | However, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, announced on Wednesday that they have mailed a letter to BHS administrators, asking them to revise their religious expression policies. Using quotations from court precedent, ADF lawyers argue in the letter that the school’s aforementioned Regulation 5605.1 violates students’ First Amendment rights, and that Superintendent Glass’s statement regarding students’ “faith and freedom” was demonstrably false. . . . ADF spokespersons state that they will consider taking legal action against the school if the policies in question are not modified. “The Constitution should be the only permission slip students need to exercise their freedom of speech,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “We commend the school for not caving to the ACLU’s unwarranted demands, but urge them to amend their outdated policies so that this does not happen in the future and students’ religious speech is protected.” [more . .. quotes from the letter]

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Capitol Police arrest pastor praying for Pennsylvania attorney general A Montgomery County pastor, in an effort to see Kane, was arrested Friday while attempting to ride an elevator to a secure floor where her office is located. Pastor Wiliam Devlin said he came to pray for Kane, so she would “have a change of heart.” Capitol police cited him for disorderly conduct and carried him out of Strawberry Square, said police spokeswoman Holly Lubart. He’ll face a fine for the misdemeanor offense, she said.

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ACLU, ADF Clash Over Legality of Student-Led Football Game Prayer

ACLU attacks student-led prayer at football games | Alliance Defending Freedom

SC: More Students Join Irmo Prayer Lawsuit

New Prayer Policy Approved by SC School District, Giving Students Control of Decision Whether to Pray at Events

Shall we pray at governmental meetings? |

TN: Knoxville council meeting begins with prayer despite recent warning

Tibetan parliament slams Chinese firing on prayer meet

Challenger To Franklin Co, MO Invocations Cannot Proceed Anonymously

KY: Wisconsin activists warn Danville City Commission about its prayers