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  • Same-sex parents sue over North Carolina adoption law

    06/14/2012 3:47:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/13/12 | Colleen Jenkins
    A civil liberties group filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging North Carolina's prohibition against same-sex couples adopting each other's children. The ban on so-called second parent adoptions violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian parents and their children, according to the complaint filed in Greensboro by the American Civil Liberties Union. North Carolina is one of eight U.S. states where same-sex couples are barred from adopting children together and/or are not allowed to have one partner adopt the other's biological or adoptive children, according to the ACLU. A December 2010 decision by the North Carolina Supreme Court held...
  • OUTRAGE: Obama Bypasses Congress; Gives Amnesty, Work Permits to 1 Million Illegal Aliens

    06/15/2012 9:18:19 AM PDT · by montag813 · 55 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 06-15-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona He's done it again. After enacting a virtual amnesty-by-decree for 300,000 illegal aliens last August, Obama is once again showing his total contempt for the rule of law by announcing a new amnesty and work permits for up to 1 million illegal aliens - effective immediately.DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, people who were brought to the United States before the age of 16 and meet certain criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those eligible will receive deferred action for a...
  • RI ACLU says Cranston police illegally took a man's weapons

    06/13/2012 4:33:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 12 June, 2012 | FLO JONIC
    PROVIDENCE, RI (RIPR) - The Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Cranston Police Department, charging it with illegally seizing a man's weapons. The ACLU says the Cranston Police Department violated Robert Machado's due process and Second Amendment rights when they seized his lawfully obtained guns and samurai swords back in September. Police took the guns when they were called to Machado's home on a potential suicide call initiated by a concerned friend. Machado says the friend misinterpreted his comments. A mental health evaluation cleared Machado of any suicidal tendencies but Cranston...
  • Minnesota: Muslims walk off job in protest of new dress code, call Hamas-linked CAIR

    06/08/2012 5:08:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6-8-12
    The new skirt length policy was instituted for safety reasons, but as far as these Muslim employees are concerned, safety be damned. It is all about forcing accommodation, in line with the principle that wherever Islamic law and practice conflict with American law and practice, American law and practice must give way. "New skirt length policy prompts Muslim walk-out at Minn. business," from KMSP TV, June 6 (thanks to all who sent this in): LE CENTER, Minn. (KMSP) - More than 30 Somali employees walked out in protest of dress code changes at a privately-owned business in Le Center, Minn....
  • 53-Year-Old Cross To Be Torn Down, Thanks to ACLU

    06/01/2012 10:56:08 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 27 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 6/1/12 | Ben Shapiro
    In 1959, the Middleboro Kiwanis Club in Massachusetts put up a large cross that said “WORSHIP” on it on a traffic island off one of the local freeways. It stood for 53 years. Then, a liberal lawyer spotted it. Now, the state may have to tear it down. According to CBS Local, the cross “sits mostly on town land. The state owns a small fraction of the traffic island where it is located, and thus, the ACLU says, the cross violates church and state separation laws.”
  • ACLU vs. SB-1070 again [You won't believe it]

    05/31/2012 11:04:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Attorney Dan Pochoda of the American Civil Liberties Union, whose organization represents some of the challengers, said Bolton's new ruling provides an opportunity to present a new set of arguments about why SB 1070 is unconstitutional. He said arguments range from the likelihood of racial profiling to whether the time spent questioning someone about legal status amounts to an illegal arrest. This order does not address the merits of those claims; it only clears the way for the plaintiffs to make their case in court. The lawsuit was brought by organizations like Friendly House and Coalicion de Derechos Hermanos, along...
  • Voter ID amendment question challenged by ACLU

    05/31/2012 5:37:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-31-12 | billy salisbury
    The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to keep off the Nov. 6 ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a photo ID. The ACLU petition, filed Wednesday, May 30, argues that the ballot question is misleading and fails to inform voters of changes in election law that could undermine their right to vote. "The question is misleading and false," said Charles Samuelson, ACLU Minnesota's executive director. The question asks voters whether the state constitution should be amended to "require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote."
  • WH Logs Reveal Obama Met With AFL-CIO & ACLU Lobbyists Over 50 Times Each

    05/21/2012 1:53:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/12 | Wynton Hall
    An interactive and searchable database of White House visitor logs is turning up some interesting findings and reveals a “steady stream of lobbyists” visiting the Obama White House, reports the Washington Post. For example, AFL-CIO lobbyist Bill Samuel visited the White House over 50 times, and American Civil Liberties Union lobbyist Laura Murphy visited almost as frequently. By comparison, Speaker of the House John Boehner has only visited the White House 23 times.
  • Alabama Governor Signs Revised Immigration Law – Illegal Alien Advocates Enraged

    05/19/2012 9:26:06 AM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-19-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaThe Alabama Legislature scored a huge victory on Friday, as Gov. Robert Bentley reluctantly signed immigration law H.B. 658 - after legislators refused to "moderate" provisions Bentley (and open-borders activists) had complained were too "harsh" against illegal aliens. Alabama's immigration law H.B. 56, patterned after Arizona's S.B. 1070, passed in 2011, and has been called the toughest state immigration law in America. But several issues were causing legal Alabamans longer lines to obtain state documents and foreign executives issues with being detained, and those provisions were fixed in the new bill. But H.B. 658 (PDF) also...
  • Banning Crosses, Erasing History

    05/16/2012 4:48:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 16, 2012 | Michael Medved
    A simmering controversy surrounding the "Ground Zero Cross" exposes the intolerance and absolutism behind ongoing battles over religious symbols on public property. Contrary to popular belief, it's not Christian conservatives who normally start these bitter disputes. It's more often atheist activists who seek to alter the long-standing status quo by scrubbing the landscape of the most visible signs of the nation's religious heritage. American Atheists, an organization representing the civil liberties of agnostics, filed suit in 2011 to block display of the Ground Zero Cross anywhere on the grounds of the new memorial museum planned for the World Trade...
  • STAND WITH JOE: PLEASE SIGN PETITION for Sheriff Joe Arpaio (FReep to beat petition)

    05/11/2012 7:30:52 AM PDT · by montag813 · 40 replies
    Stand With Joe ^ | 05/11/2012 | Stand With Joe
    URGENT: PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AT THIS LINK to show you Stand With Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and AGAINST the political witchhunt of Obama's Department of Justice. This Administration and its open-borders allies La Raza, MALDEF and the ACLU, will stop at nothing to try and destroy the most prominent national symbol in the fight against illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe will not back down. Please sign the petition to show you stand behind him. [UPDATE: and La Raza have launched their own petition AGAINST Sheriff Joe, and it has already gathered 38,700 signatures, and rising fast as LA RAZA, the...
  • ACLU Sues Over Indiana Marriage Law

    05/09/2012 8:46:55 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    WIBC ^ | 9 May 2012 | Ray Steele
    The ACLU says you shouldn't have to be a preacher or a judge in order to conduct weddings. The group has filed a federal lawsuit against the state on behalf of two agnostics claiming the state's marriage laws are unconsitutional. "There are entities out there like the Center for Inquiry made up of people who are not religious, but have deep beliefs, deep philosophies, and they would like their leaders who are trained to marry people to be able to do so," said Ken Falk, Legal Director for the ACLU of Indiana. Falk says two members of the Center For...
  • ACLU Files Lawsuit To Overturn Pa. Voter ID Law

    05/01/2012 4:00:18 AM PDT · by SueRae · 37 replies
    KYW ^ | 5/1/2012 | Cheri Gregg
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania announced that it is filing a lawsuit today in an effort to overturn the state’s new voter ID law. The lawsuit will name the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett and Secretary of Commonwealth Carol Aichele. The goal will be to stop the law before it goes into effect in November. “It’s one of the most draconian of such laws passed within the United States,” says NAACP Philadelphia Branch President Jerry Mondesire, whose organization has joined the ACLU lawsuit. He says time of the essence, because if the law is...
  • The Tea Party's Inner ACLU

    04/30/2012 5:28:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 April 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    A left-right alliance against military detention of terrorists. The tea party movement has generally been constructive, but every so often it runs off the road. A case in point is its emerging condominium with the anti-antiterror left to block terrorist detentions. This strange alliance has developed in response to one of Congress's rare bipartisan achievements—the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That bill affirmed the long-standing distinction between civilian justice and the rules of war by letting the President detain terrorists (including U.S. citizens) captured anywhere and question them as long as necessary. A President can decide to try them...
  • Land Swap Gives Mojave Desert Cross Permanent Home

    04/27/2012 5:21:24 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 7 replies
    New American ^ | 4-27-12 | Dave Bohon
    Following 10-plus years of legal conflict thanks to a nuisance lawsuit filed in 2001 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a federal judge has finally ruled that a cross placed in the Mojave Desert in 1934 to honor World War I veterans may remain there permanently. In the settlement approved April 23, the National Park Service will turn over the hilltop area known as Sunrise Rock, upon which the simple cross sat before being removed by the park service, in return for the private donation of five acres elsewhere in the 1.6 million acre preserve in Southern California. The...
  • Teenagers' Death Threats on Facebook Are Subject of Free Speech Lawsuit

    04/26/2012 8:25:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 26, 2012 | MARISA TAYLOR
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against an Indiana middle school for expelling three students who allegedly threatened to kill other classmates on Facebook. The ACLU suit says the girls' right to free speech was violated and the use of emoticons and "LOL" showed they were only joking.
  • ACLU sues Border Patrol over traffic stops

    04/26/2012 7:41:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/26/12 | MANUEL VALDES
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Border Patrol seeking to bar agents from making traffic stops, saying people are being pulled over and questioned for the way they look and without reasonable suspicion. The lawsuit stems from tensions between immigrants and the expanded presence of Border Patrol agents on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, which shares no land border with Canada. "People are being stopped based solely on their appearance and ethnicity. This is unlawful and contrary to American values," said Matt Adams, legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, which...
  • Mojave Desert Cross War Memorial Will Stand

    04/25/2012 4:51:10 PM PDT · by blueyon · 23 replies
    ACLJ ^ | 4/25/2012 | Matthew Clark
    A cross that was first erected nearly 80 years ago by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in honor of the heroes of World War I will finally be allowed to stand. More than a decade after the ACLU originally sued to have the cross memorial removed from public land, a case which ended up at the Supreme Court, a federal judge has approved a settlement of the case allowing the cross to remain. The ACLJ has been fighting to allow this cross to stand for years - an important war memorial in honor of those who have heroically served in...
  • It would be better for us to turn our guns upon every vessel bringing Japanese to our shores

    04/13/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 1 replies
    In what was known as the "Ross Affair" back in the 1900's, connected with Stanford University - because that's where he worked at the time - Professor Edward Ross said the following: And should the worst come to the worst it would be better for us if we were to turn our guns upon every vessel bringing Japanese to our shores rather than to permit them to land Ross is not an insignificant name to be familiar with. He was a big believer in Eugenics, and it was he who coined the term "race suicide" - which was an important...
  • Judge: federal grants to USCCB for human-trafficking victims are unconstitutional

    03/27/2012 1:19:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 27, 2012 | Diogenes
    Siding with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a federal judge has declared that grants made to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to assist human-trafficking victims are unconstitutional because the grants represent a government endorsement of Catholicism. In 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services solicited grant applications to assist victims of human trafficking. In its application, the USCCB declared: As we are a Catholic organization, we need to ensure that our victim services are not used to refer or fund activities that would be contrary to our moral convictions and religious beliefs … Specifically, subcontractors...