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  • ACLU Launches Campaign to Strip Massachusetts Police of Tear Gas Grenade Launchers

    07/08/2014 6:30:51 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 10 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 7/8/14 | Aurelius
    In a drastically dishonest piece prominently featured on their Facebook page, the ACLU is campaigning to have the West Springfield police stripped of their grenade launchers, which are strictly used for tear gas and smoke grenades. Their post, however, does not mention that mention that such things could be used, and heavily implies that the police plan to shoot civilians with grenades. Further, the ad features a picture of two XM25 Grenade Launchers, which the police do not actually have. Instead, the police have M79s. The picture leadingly asks, despite the answer being obvious: "West Springfield police have two grenade...
  • WWII Memorial Prayer Inscription OK'd Despite ACLU (Exempt Landrieu approves!)

    07/02/2014 8:04:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Military ^ | 7/02/14 | Travis J. Tritten
    WASHINGTON -- The World War II Memorial in Washington may soon have a new prayer inscription added, disappointing secularists and rights groups who had opposed the measure based on opposition to religion displayed in public spaces. President Barack Obama signed a law Monday calling for the fountain memorial to display the text of a national prayer given by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the D-Day invasion of Europe in 1944, which unleashed fierce fighting and eventually led to the end of the war. "With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the...
  • Woman Harassed for Bumper Sticker Fights Back "

    07/01/2014 7:29:53 AM PDT · by circlecity · 115 replies
    The Indiana Law Blog ^ | 6-30-2014 | ACLU
    From a news release: Indianapolis - The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of a woman who was pulled over and interrogated after her bumper sticker caught the attention of Indianapolis police officers, violating her First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights. On June 17, Pamela Konchinsky of Indianapolis was turning into the Merchants Garage on South Meridian Street in her silver Toyota minivan when two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers entered the garage immediately behind her. One of the officers told Konchinsky that she was being detained because of a bumper sticker taped to the...
  • New ACLU report takes a snapshot of police militarization in the United States

    06/24/2014 4:52:40 PM PDT · by lwd · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 24 at 9:29 AM | Radley Balko
    The American Civil Liberties Union has released the results of its year-long study of police militarization. {SNIP}But we’ve already seen cases in which the mere factor that the resident of a home was a legal gun owner — in some cases by virtue of the fact that the owner had obtained some sort of state license — was used as an excuse to execute a full-on SWAT raid to serve a warrant for an otherwise nonviolent crime. Of the SWAT raids the ACLU studied in which police cited the possibility of finding a weapon in the home, they actually found...
  • MO: First and Second Amendment Linked Again; Court Settlement

    06/21/2014 5:19:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Lt. Jerry Bledsoe as shown on video Second Amendment supporters continue to use the First Amendment to support their rights.   It was only a few weeks ago that a New York Times blogger, Patrick Blanchfield, linked to Gun Watch to bolster his compelling case that open carry of firearms is protected political speech under the First Amendment.  Here is a case where the ACLU in Missouri has obtained a settlement against a police officer and department for suppressing First Amendment rights that were used to support Second Amendment rights.  From the ACLU in MO: CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO—Police Officer Jerry...
  • Judge strikes down Wisconsin gay marriage ban

    06/06/2014 2:48:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 6, 2014 5:17 PM EDT | Scott Bauer
    A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, ruling it unconstitutional. It wasn’t clear whether U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's 88-page ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately. But the ruling makes Wisconsin the 27th state where same-sex couples can marry under law or where a judge has ruled they ought to be allowed to wed. […] The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in February on behalf of four gay couples, then later expanded to eight, challenging Wisconsin’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. Messages left with ACLU’s attorneys were not immediately...
  • ACLU asks Lee County [Virginia] high school to remove Ten Commandments

    06/05/2014 7:16:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    WBTW.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | WBTW News 13
    A Southwest Virginia public school has violated the First Amendment according to the American Civil Liberties Union. On May 22nd the A.C.L.U. sent Superintendent of Lee County Schools Mark Carter a letter saying immediate action needed to be taken after the A.C.L.U. received "a disturbing report of multiple First Amendment violations at Thomas Walker High School". According to the letter sent by the A.C.L.U. it says based on the information they have received "school officials, including teachers and administrators, are actively promoting religious practices during school hours on school grounds as a part of official school activities". (snip) The A.C.L.U....
  • ACLU sues 7 school districts for discriminating against immigrant families

    06/04/2014 9:18:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | June 3, 2014 | By Peggy McGlone
    The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed lawsuits today against seven school districts, accusing them of discriminating against immigrant families by requiring government-issued identification from parents trying to enroll their children. Federal law and state regulation prohibits children from registering for school based on their parent’s immigrant status. The rights organization contends that Old Bridge Township, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Galloway Township, Audubon, Gloucester Township and Somerdale Park require driver’s licenses or other forms of identification that can only be obtained by immigrants with legal status.
  • See Part of the High School Graduation Speech About God That Has an Atheist Up in Arms

    06/02/2014 7:53:47 PM PDT · by fungoking · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/2/2014 | Billy Hallowell
    An atheist college professor is going after a Missouri high school principal who delivered a faith-themed graduation speech that referenced prayer and the nation’s history of celebrating a higher power. Principal (Image source: YouTube) Principal Kevin Lowery invoked God in his graduation ceremony speech. (Image source: YouTube) Principal Kevin Lowery of Lebanon High School, a public school in Lebanon, Missouri, can be seen in a YouTube clip reminding graduates of America’s religious history before holding a moment of silence. “In fact, I’d like to remind our graduates that our nation’s motto is, in fact, ‘In God We Trust.’ If you’re...
  • Law enforcement agencies revisit SB 1070 policies after S. Tucson settlement

    05/30/2014 12:52:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carli Brosseau
    In the nearly two weeks since South Tucson’s city council approved a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over how its police department carries out SB 1070, officials from surrounding jurisdictions have pored over the terms of the deal. The agreement, which overhauled the department's immigration policy, has galvanized some Tucson-area elected officials to pursue procedures they believe better guard against prolonged detentions and racial profiling — two key concerns raised by critics of the law. “Now we have a case study, and we can compare notes,” said Regina Romero, a Tucson city councilwoman who has opposed the law...
  • Florida official: Gay marriage would cause harm

    05/30/2014 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2014 1:12 PM EDT | Gary Fineout
    The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would disrupt existing marriage laws and “impose significant public harm.” Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state in federal court in March. The lawsuit argues Florida is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal. Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican who was named in the lawsuit along with fellow GOP Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials, earlier this month filed a lengthy response that asks a federal...
  • ACLU Sues US Border Agency Over Use of Force

    05/22/2014 3:53:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 22, 2014
    ... The lawsuit filed Thursday says Customs and Border Protection hasn't responded to a request that the ACLU made in February to release the report under the Freedom of Information Act. The agency rejected the Police Executive Research Forum's recommendation that agents be prohibited from using deadly force against rock-throwers and assailants in vehicles. The LA Times obtained a copy of the report, which criticized the agency for a "lack of diligence" in investigating cases of deadly force.
  • ACLU: Federal judge to rule Tuesday in PA same-sex marriage case

    05/19/2014 11:14:01 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 16 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 05/19/2014 | Philly.com
    he ACLU says it expects a federal judge will issue his decision Tuesday in its challenge to Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, The civil liberties group, which is representing plaintiffs in the closely-watched case, said in a press release that it plans to hold rallies in major cities across the state, including Philadelphia, regardless of the outcome. The ACLU sued Gov. Corbett and his administration last July on behalf of 23 plaintiffs over the state's 1996 ban, which prohibits same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania and does not recognize such marriages performed elsewhere.
  • Gowdy Names Capitol Hill Veteran to Benghazi Probe (Free Republic mentioned)

    05/19/2014 4:55:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | James Rosen
    SNIP To lead the Republican majority staff, Gowdy selected Philip Kiko, a key aide to Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., when the latter served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and more recently a registered lobbyist for the Smith-Free Group, a K Street lobbying firm with a diverse roster of clients. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, swiftly welcomed Gowdy’s choice, calling Kiko “a man of unquestioned integrity with a record of distinguished service” in and out of Congress... SNIP However, emails obtained by Fox News show that some conservatives are unhappy with Kiko’s appointment, chiefly because of his recent lobbying...
  • US Rep. Conyers joins suit to get back on ballot

    05/16/2014 12:00:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2014 1:24 AM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers joined a federal lawsuit Thursday taking aim at the requirement that petition collectors be registered voters, as part of a larger challenge to an order removing his name from the primary ballot in August. Conyers, who was first elected to the House in 1964 and represents a district including Detroit and several suburbs, joined the suit two days after Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett determined he didn’t have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot. She found Conyers was more than 400 signatures short of 1,000 needed. The suit was filed...
  • PHOTO OF satanic STATUTE TO BE ERECTED AT OKLAHOMA STATE HOUSE

    05/03/2014 5:42:21 AM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 97 replies
    Vice.com ^ | May 1, 2014 | Jonathan Smith
    Nonetheless, the satanists are building this thing, and I was offered an early peek at the work in progress by Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves. Greaves told me he has received numerous threats from people who want to attack the sculpture, but that he “wouldn’t expect these outraged and nearly insensible reactionaries to actually know how to assault a bronze monument without severely hurting themselves in the process.” Still, he’s not taking any chances. The Temple is building a mold of the sculpture so they can pop these things out like evil, terribly expensive action figures whenever they need a new...
  • Clinton appointed federal judge strikes a blow for continuing voter fraud in Wisconsin

    05/01/2014 9:05:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/1/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    On Tuesday Bill Clinton was able to help perpetuate Democrat voter fraud through a ruling from Federal Judge Lynn Adelman. Adelman, who has been a Democrat State Senator, was lauded by the American Civil Liberties Union for his ruling which is based on tortured logic. In making his decision Adelman indicated that he didn’t see a Democrat voter fraud problem in Wisconsin so there was no need for a law against it. By taking this position this sleazy fake jurist ruled that Wisconsin could not act proactively to prevent a crime that, in his view, only happens elsewhere if at...
  • Are you living in a Constitution Free Zone?

    04/24/2014 3:40:34 AM PDT · by 7thson · 25 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | April 17, 2014 7:13 am | Bobby Eberle
    It's sad to see what's been happening with our government in recent years. Slowly, but surely, our rights and freedoms are being taken away. We thought our Constitution would protect us. After all, it was written to shield Americans from the abuses of government. But believe it or not, there are places in this country where the Constitution doesn't apply.
  • ACLU sues over delays for immigrants seeking U.S. protection

    04/17/2014 3:47:15 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Kate Linthicum | Kate Linthicum
    Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the ACLU and other groups. The lawsuit accuses the government of violating the law and says tens of millions of taxpayer dollars have been needlessly spent on detention. Claire Nicholson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said she could not comment on pending litigation. The case, which was filed in the...
  • Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

    04/16/2014 6:26:09 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 41 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/15/14
    SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school. Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school. As CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island. “The African-American students who immediately saw it really exercised heroic restraint and fortunately a teacher immediately confiscated the flag and took the students out of the gym,” Cregan said. The...
  • ACLU calls Sheriff to let Muslim inmates exercise their constitutional right to religious expression

    04/05/2014 8:01:51 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 21 replies
    Temple City Tribune ^ | 5 April 14 | Unknown
    Friday the ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) sent a letter to Sheriff John Scott requesting an end to the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s current practice of denying Muslim inmates access to congregational prayer.
  • The (Rush) Limbaugh Letter, “My Conversation with Bill Donohue” (Catholic League)

    04/03/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 2, 2014 | Bill Donohue
     The following article appeared in the April 2014 edition of The Limbaugh Letter. Reprinted with permission from The Limbaugh Letter, ©2014 Premiere Networks, Inc.For additional information, or to subscribe to The Limbaugh Letter please visit www.thelimbaughletter.comMy Conversation with Bill Donohueby Rush LimbaughA privilege to speak with this religious freedom warrior, president of the Catholic League, a bold presence on television, the author of many books, including Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America and Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century: Rush: Dr. Donohue, this is great. I have wanted...
  • The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return

    03/29/2014 9:06:12 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 34 replies
    Bonner & Partners newsletter ^ | March 29, 2014 | Bill Bonner
    The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return By Jeffrey Tucker, Executive Editor, Laissez Faire Books The least of the problems with income tax is that it takes your money. The really big problem is that the income tax takes your life. It gives the government direct access to the things you own and sets up the political-bureaucratic sector to be the final arbiter of what you can and cannot consider to be yours. Illustrating this point is the bitter news that the IRS has considered it completely legal to demand access to your email archive whenever it wants....
  • NRA: Federal surveillance policies could lead to gun registry

    03/24/2014 7:39:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The National Rifle Association has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case in federal court in New York challenging the federal government’s data surveillance techniques, arguing the data collection violates the First Amendment and could undermine federal privacy laws that prohibit the formation of a registry of firearms or gun owners. The gun rights group is supporting a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to reverse a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that upheld the surveillance policies. The brief filed this month comes as privacy issues and government spying has once...
  • A Nation Adrift [video]

    03/16/2014 7:50:02 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 15 replies
    New Liberty Video ^ | 2003? | New Liberty Video
    http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/lib/Networks/sublib/TBN/ec/FwNGwxMzrqg5ccjsD78EVfXSbAzBCdxi See review here: http://christiananswers.net/catalog/nation-vs.html
  • More Than A Smidgen...

    02/16/2014 1:42:22 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 35 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 2/16/14 Another Day In Obama's Dystopia | Alan Levy
    When I look at the unmitigated disaster that has been the Obama Error, I have trouble deciding which one of Chairman Obama's crimes against the Republic is the most heinous. There's so much to choose from, it's like a buffet of evil. The NSA is reading your email as you read this column. The United States military was used to put the Muslim Brotherhood in control of Libya without any CONgressional approval whatsoever. Obamacareless has changed its appearance more times than a chameleon on LSD. And we could go on an on, with one outrage after another that would have...
  • DHS Obeys ACLU’s Order to Stop Arresting Illegal Aliens

    02/14/2014 1:13:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 14, 2014
    Caving into the demands of a leftist civil rights group, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has terminated an enforcement program that apprehends illegal immigrants in California’s central valley. The unbelievable story comes out of Kern County in Bakersfield, which is considered the heart of the nation’s most populous state. The increasingly powerful American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) didn’t like that the DHS agency responsible for deporting illegal aliens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was doing its job. So the ACLU, which has repeatedly shown to wield tremendous power in the Obama administration, fired off a letter demanding that the...
  • US judge rejects Vegas 'patient dumping' lawsuit

    02/14/2014 8:21:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    APNews.excite ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | Ken Ritter
    US judge rejects Vegas 'patient dumping' lawsuit Feb 13, 8:57 PM (ET) By KEN RITTER LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge in Nevada rejected a lawsuit Thursday that accuses Nevada officials and the state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas of violating a patient's civil rights by giving him a bus ticket and sending him to California. But an American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada lawyer representing patient James Flavey Coy Brown characterized the ruling as a setback, not a fatal blow to the case. It seeks class-action status for Brown and as many as 1,500 unnamed people his lawyers...
  • ACLU lawsuit challenges Wisconsin same-sex marriage ban

    02/03/2014 9:44:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-3-14 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — Four same-sex couples sued Gov. Scott Walker and other public officials Monday in an attempt to overturn the state's eight-year-old ban on gay marriage. The move comes amid a wave of challenges nationally — many of them successful — to limits on gay marriage. It also comes as the state Supreme Court considers whether a limited set of benefits available to gay couples under Wisconsin law is acceptable under the state constitution's prohibition on same-sex marriage and civil unions. Online court records show Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher, along with three other couples, sued Walker in federal court...
  • ACLU alleges comically unconstitutional religious harassment in rural Louisiana school

    01/26/2014 12:52:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:12 AM 01/26/2014 | Eric Owens
    The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana filed a lawsuit this week against a public school district in rural western Louisiana contending that school officials and at least one teacher harassed a Buddhist sixth-grade student for not adhering to Christianity. The ACLU filed the suit against the Sabine Parish school board in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on behalf of parents Scott and Sharon Lane, reports local CBS affiliate KSLA. One of the Lanes’ children, called “C.C.” in the suit, is a Buddhist of Thai descent. The parents claim that school officials began harassing him about his...
  • Holder To Ban Religion In Terror Probes

    01/24/2014 4:30:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | Editorial
    PC: According to NBC News, the Justice Department will soon prohibit religious profiling in terror cases. The move, if true, would completely blind federal law enforcement to the threat from Islamic extremism. Already, the department has forced the FBI to bleach references to "Islam" and "jihad" from its counterterrorism training materials. It's also made it harder for agents to infiltrate radical mosques. But Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly now wants to make it illegal for agents to even consider religion in their investigations. Democrats on the Hill are cheering the changes, along with the ACLU and radical Muslim Brotherhood front...
  • Abortion rights advocates will not launch ballot drive to repeal controversial new insurance law

    01/13/2014 2:08:19 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 6 replies
    Mlive ^ | 1-13-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    Reproductive rights groups opposed to Michigan's new abortion insurance law will not seek to overturn it at the ballot box in 2014. The ACLU of Michigan, along with state chapters of Planned Parenthood and the National Organization of Women, had been considering a referendum to repeal the law, which prohibits insurers from covering most abortions unless a woman or her employer has purchased an additional rider in advance. "The timing is just not right for a referendum or initiative at this point," Rana Elmir, deputy director for the ACLU of Michigan, said Tuesday. "Our research indicates that there's a growing...
  • Sorry ACLU, Nativity Scenes are on the rise in 07

    12/02/2007 7:55:55 PM PST · by Bowtie52 · 18 replies · 331+ views
    Dec. 1 07 | Bowtie52
    A small town in West Central Florida during the Christmas season of 06-07. A small community located between Clearwater and Tampa boasting roughly 17,000 residents within City limits. Safety Harbor is best known for the Spa which is almost a City within a City where celebrities play. Outside of the Spa, Main Street is decorated with lights, larger than life foil candles on the light posts, a Huge Christmas tree near the gazebo at the center of town as well as a Menorah both in the door of City Hall and the park land surrounding the gazebo. All was most...
  • ACLU Judges Nativity Scene as "Non-Biblical," Drops Lawsuit

    12/17/2008 7:52:32 AM PST · by topcat54 · 16 replies · 790+ views
    Team Tominthebox News Network® ^ | 13 December, 2008 | Brother Slawson
    Baxter, Tennessee— After a long battle of back and forth name calling, sits-ins, and a news media frenzy the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation on Friday dropped a lawsuit against the small town of Baxter, the county seat of Smith County, Tennessee. Complaints were first reported to the ACLU-TN on August 24th after Baxter County Courthouse employees erected a nativity and decorated a Christmas tree on the front lawn of the courthouse to begin Christmas celebrations. “Religious displays in front of homes and churches are protected by the first amendment,” Harry Reasoning, ACLU-TN spokesman, was quoted in local papers in...
  • Atheist display added to holiday town hall scene in West Milford

    12/21/2012 4:56:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    Northjersey.com ^ | 12.17.12 | ANN GENADER
    It seems that those who favor the all or nothing inclusion of December symbols in the annual display in front of the municipal building have been successful in making that happen. Over the weekend - with it still unclear if the lighted tree is to be called a "Christmas tree" or a "Holiday tree" - a crčche and an atheist sign were added to the display. Meanwhile the official name for the lighted tree in the display remains an issue for some. Resident Tim Wagner and others said they will continue to press for administrative action to call the "Holiday...
  • Gay men say Texas bar kicked them out for dancing

    12/25/2013 10:45:39 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 103 replies
    The Chronicle ^ | 12/25/2013 | Doesn't say
    VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is supporting a gay couple after the men said they were kicked out of a South Texas nightclub for dancing together to country music. The incident occurred Saturday night at a Victoria nightclub when Justin Meyer, 21, said he and his partner danced together to the country song "Cowboys and Angels," the Victoria Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/Jrh5hV ). The men said a manager approached them and told them Cactus Canyon had a policy barring two men from dancing together to country music. Meyer's partner, James Douglas, 30, said the manager...
  • Local courts reviving 'debtors' prison' for overdue fines, fees

    12/25/2013 1:17:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 50 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/25/13 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    Critics are calling the practice the new "debtors' prison" -- referring to the jails that flourished in the U.S. and Western Europe over 150 years ago. Before the time of bankruptcy laws and social safety nets, poor folks and ruined business owners were locked up until their debts were paid off. Reforms eventually outlawed the practice. But groups like the Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union say it's been reborn in local courts which may not be aware it's against the law to send indigent people to jail over unpaid fines and fees -- or they...
  • ACLU suing over reported body cavity drug searches (NM - Another invasive search by gov't agents)

    12/19/2013 10:15:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 19, 2013 | Lauren Villagran
    The New Mexico and Texas chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union are suing border officers and a hospital after they allegedly subjected a U.S. citizen to numerous invasive body cavity searches without a warrant. Included in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in West Texas are four U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and the University Medical Center of El Paso, among others. The lawsuit alleges CBP officers frisked and strip-searched a 54-year-old woman and then delivered her in handcuffs to the hospital, where doctors observed a bowel movement and performed invasive rectal and vaginal probes, among...
  • Homeless couple sues Missouri town for asking them to leave

    12/17/2013 11:56:58 AM PST · by fungoking · 19 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 12/17/13 | Kevin Murphy
    A small Missouri town was sued on Monday by a homeless couple who are accusing it of violating their constitutional rights by forcing them to leave because they stood on a street corner holding a sign seeking assistance. Brandalyn Orchard and Edward Gillespie, who were holding a sign that read "Traveling. Anything helps. God Bless," obeyed police who ordered them to leave Miner, Missouri, on September 26, according to the federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on the couple's behalf. Officers, who showed them copies of ordinances against vagrancy, begging and loitering, told the couple they would...
  • U.S. wildlife managers urge lifting Yellowstone grizzly protections

    12/12/2013 4:51:01 PM PST · by george76 · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-12-2013 | Laura Zuckerman
    Yellowstone's grizzlies, now classified as a threatened species, were briefly removed from protected status by the federal government in 2007, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the outsized, hump-shouldered bears had made a healthy comeback. At the time, the number of grizzlies in the region had exceeded the government's recovery goal of 500 bears, the government said. But conservationists successfully challenged the de-listing in court, arguing that the government discounted climate changes ... On Wednesday, members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee sought to reverse that decision, recommending a new de-listing after reviewing a report suggesting Yellowstone's...
  • The Militarization of Law Enforcement - “We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore”

    12/11/2013 12:40:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 160 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2013 | Bob Barr
    The University of the Incarnate Word is a highly-rated Catholic college in San Antonio, Texas. It is hardly a hot bed of campus violence. When senior Robert Cameron Redus was pulled-over last Friday by campus police for “erratically speeding,” it is unlikely he had any clue of how tragically the stop would end. The campus police department contends Redus, an honors student set to graduate in May, grabbed the officer’s steel baton during a struggle. Not in dispute, however, is that Redus was shot five times by the officer, at close range, leaving him dead and the University scrambling to...
  • USCCB responds to ACLU lawsuit

    12/10/2013 4:15:59 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 10, 2013 | Diogenes
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleging that ethical directives issued by the bishops are responsible for negligence in the care of a woman treated in a Michigan Catholic hospital. Tamesha Means, who reportedly suffered damaging infections during a troubled pregnancy that ended in miscarriage, should have been advised to abort the child, the ACLU argues. “It is important to note at the outset that the death of any unborn child is tragic, and we feel deeply for any mother who suffers such...
  • ACLU awaits reply from Hampshire College on "censorship" of Afrobeat band Shokazoba...

    12/06/2013 12:15:14 PM PST · by matt04 · 18 replies
    The head of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is awaiting reply from Hampshire College to his letter deploring the college’s decision to cancel a performance by an Afrobeat band because some deemed the band “too white” to play African music. Shokazoba, an Afrobeat ensemble that blends jazz, funk and African rhythms, was scheduled to play on Halloween at Hampshire. However, the band was canceled after some students voiced concerns that the band, which has a black singer but is predominantly white, was appropriating black music. The college’s Hype Committee broke the news on its Facebook, saying:...
  • Church-state battle envelops school choirs (MT)

    12/05/2013 10:35:10 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Daily Interlake ^ | 12-4-13 | Hillary Matheson
    As Christmas nears, two local school districts find themselves being drawn unwillingly into the battle against religion in the public square — but both districts maintain that allowing students to participate in traditional Christmas concerts does not violate anyone’s rights. Choirs from Glacier, Flathead and Whitefish high schools will perform as planned today and Friday during the “Peace on Earth Community Christmas Celebration” despite receiving requests from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Montana to cancel. The event in question is billed as a celebration of “the birth of our savior Jesus Christ,” featuring hundreds...
  • Lawsuit against US bishops wrong on abortion, doctor says (details emerge)

    12/04/2013 6:39:27 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2013 | Adelaide Mena and Kevin Jones
    Pro-life demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lansing, Mich., Dec 3, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said. “Abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother,” said Dr. Brian C. Calhoun, a professor and vice-chair in the obstetrics and gynecology department at West Virginia University-Charleston. Calhoun, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, rejected the deliberate killing of an unborn patient in a medical emergency....
  • ACLU Files Sweeping Suit Against Catholic Hospitals' Anti-Abortion Policies

    12/03/2013 1:28:29 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 2, 2013
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals, arguing the directives were to blame for negligent care of a pregnant woman who went into early labor and whose baby died within hours.The ACLU alleges the bishops were negligent because their religious directives prevented Tamesha Means from being told that continuing her pregnancy posed grave risks to her health and her child was not likely to survive. She was treated at Mercy Health Muskegon, a Catholic hospital in Michigan."It's not just about one woman,"...
  • ACLU sues U.S. Bishops over anti-abortion directives for Catholic hospitals

    12/03/2013 9:27:00 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 3, 2013 | Caroline May
    The American Civil Liberties Union and its Michigan affiliate are suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops charging that its anti-abortion religious dictates resulted in a Michigan woman’s dangerous miscarriage. The ACLU filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Tamesha Means, a pregnant woman whose water broke 18 weeks into her pregnancy and who sought medical aid at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, Mich., a Catholic hospital. According to the ACLU, while Means’ baby had virtually no chance of survival, the hospital sent her home twice without offering termination as an option, “even though [Means] was in excruciating pain; there...
  • Lee Harvey Oswald and the ACLU

    11/23/2013 9:56:06 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | Jarrett Stepman
    Although conspiracy theories abound as to who orchestrated President John F. Kennedy’s murder 50 years ago, there is little doubt regarding who actually pulled the trigger and shot the 35th president: left-wing radical Lee Harvey Oswald. He was involved with a number of liberal causes and had been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union; he had officially joined just weeks before he took Kennedy’s life, and when questioned after murdering Kennedy, Oswald specifically asked for an ACLU attorney. Savodink said that Oswald’s fellow marines called him “Oswaldskovich” because of his fascination with communism and the U.S.S.R. Whatever theories...
  • ACLU Fights for Boston Jihad Mass Murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be “Cut Some Slack”

    11/13/2013 8:33:48 AM PST · by IbJensen · 41 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/12/2013
    Where is the slack for Martin Richard, youngest victim of the jihad bombers? How about cutting some slack to his younger sister Jane, who has undergone no fewer than 11 operations on her left leg, which she lost below the knee? We demand slack for the hundreds of victims of the devout Muslims who blew up the Boston Marathon. The ACLU is a dangerous and depraved organization whose mission by objective is to destroy these United States. Huge props to the judge that booted the litigious jihad jackboots from weighing in on jihad Tsarnaev’s trial. ACLU fights for Boston...
  • Minnesota School Bus Driver Fired for Leading Students in Prayer

    11/07/2013 3:43:21 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 66 replies
    http://www.christianpost.com ^ | November 6, 2013 | Jessica Martinez
    A Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Christian pastor and school bus driver was terminated last week after he violated two warnings issued by the school district and the subcontractor company that he worked for in which he was asked to refrain from leading students in prayer. George Nathaniel, who pastors the Elite Church of the First Born and Grace Missionary Baptist Church, received separate complaint letters from the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district and Durham School Services, a school bus operating company, in addition to his reassignment for different bus routes. However, Nathaniel dismissed their reprimands and continued his daily prayers during the children's school ride....