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  • Judge Rules Against Grandma Florist For Refusing To Service Gay Wedding

    02/19/2015 6:48:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2015 | Casey Harper
    A Washington grandmother and florist of 40 years who refused to service gay weddings because of her faith will now be forced to arrange flowers for gay ceremonies, a judge ruled Wednesday. On top of that, the woman, Barronelle Stutzman, will have to pay the legal penalties imposed by the judge as well as attorney’s fees. Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom ruled in a summary judgement that Stutzman violated anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. Ekstrom ruled that the gay couple could collect penalties not just from her business, but also from her personally, according to Alliance Defending Freedom,...
  • Should Pastors Endorse Candidates From The Pulpit?

    11/03/2014 4:58:04 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 24 replies
    A group called Alliance Defending Freedom organized a group of around 1,600 pastors who endorsed candidates from the pulpit in the weeks leading up to tomorrows election. Since the 1950’s the IRS has banned 501(c)(3) tax exempt churches from engaging in political activity, including endorsing candidates. The IRS has never enforced the law. Every few years the government sends out warning letters but it’s never actually taken the law to court. They likely know it wouldn’t be upheld by the Supreme Court. The Alliance Defending Freedom appears to be a conservative group and as such their 1,600 pastors appear to...
  • Washington D.C. City Council Tries to Force Pro-Life Groups to Pay For Abortions

    10/25/2014 6:05:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/24/14 | Alliance Defending Freedom
    Alliance Defending Freedom and six other pro-life organizations sent the Council of the District of Columbia a letter Thursday arguing that a proposed bill violates federal law by forcing the groups to provide elective abortion coverage through their insurance plans and employ those who live and act contrary to the organizations’ pro-life mission. The letter explains that the bill clearly violates federal law in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. pichealth50The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act prohibits employers from “discriminating” against employees for any “reproductive health”...
  • Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines

    10/20/2014 6:26:25 AM PDT · by thirst4truth · 35 replies
    Alliance Defending Freedom ^ | Saturday, October 18, 2014 | Attorney sound bites: Jeremy Tedesco | Jonathan Scruggs
    COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved...
  • City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons [Dealing With Homosexuality]

    10/15/2014 8:14:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 155 replies
    Fox ^ | Published October 14, 2014 | By Todd Starnes
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Freedom to Pray at Public Meetings

    05/05/2014 7:45:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5 upheld the practice of voluntary prayer before public meetings by a 5-4 ruling, drawing praise from those who said such prayers are a long American tradition that avoids censoring religion. “Opening public meetings with prayer is a cherished freedom that the authors of the Constitution themselves practiced,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel David Cortman said May 5. “Speech censors should have no power to silence volunteers who pray for their communities just as the Founders did.” Cortman said the Supreme Court “affirmed that Americans are free to pray.” “In America, we tolerate a...
  • Gay marriage fight comes to Southern courtroom

    02/04/2014 2:18:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 5:16 PM EST | Brock Vergakis
    The gay marriage fight arrived in a Southern courtroom Tuesday, as opponents of a Virginia law banning same-sex unions told a federal judge it was just like the Jim Crow-era prohibition against interracial marriage. Supporters maintained there was no fundamental right to gay marriage and the ban exists as part of the state’s interest in responsible procreation. “We have marriage laws in society because we have children, not because we have adults,” said attorney David Nimocks, of the religious group Alliance Defending Freedom. The case is being closely watched because it could give the gay marriage movement its first foothold...
  • New York Village Would Rather Remove 9-Foot Menorah than Allow Nativity Scene

    12/20/2006 4:54:27 PM PST · by Coleus · 198 replies · 2,807+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 12.19.06 | JORGE FITZ-GIBBON
    BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y., December 20, 2006 ( - Village of Briarcliff Manor officials have decided to remove their entire holiday display, including a 9-foot-tall menorah, from a public park rather than allow a resident to add a crèche after Alliance Defense Fund attorneys and allied attorneys won a temporary restraining order Friday from a federal judge. The lawsuit and TRO motion were filed Dec. 11 after the Briarcliff Manor Village's Board of Trustees refused to permit the display. "The village's constitutional violations regarding religious expression in public make them look like the grinches who stole Christmas and Chanukah from the...
  • Nativity scene reborn at Memphis library

    12/08/2005 2:06:03 PM PST · by dukeman · 26 replies · 414+ views
    Library agrees to allow display of full nativity scene after ADF letter to library officials prompts mayor to make request BARTLETT, Tenn. - Officials with the Memphis Public Library System have agreed to allow figures representing the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the wise men back into a nativity scene on the Bartlett Public Library's community shelves. News of a letter to the library by an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund apparently prompted the mayor of the city of Bartlett to ask the library to reverse their decision to exclude the figures. "I'm sure just about everyone would rather...
  • Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

    09/19/2013 11:15:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 19, 2013 | Ken Klukowski
    Obamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again. On Thursday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyers filed the first viable petition for Supreme Court review involving Kathleen Sebelius’ HHS Mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-related insurance coverage, even if those employers have a religious objection to abortion. Section 1001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) requires all large employers to offer “preventive services” to their employees or face enormous financial penalties. With President Obama’s approval, Sebelius issued a regulation that defined preventive services to include access to birth control, including those that cause abortions after conception. The regulation...
  • Losing the Battle. Winning…

    08/23/2013 9:07:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 36 replies
    Red State ^ | 8/23/2013 | Erick Erickson
    My friends, the case of Elane Photography v. Willock has been decided. As I tell you regularly, you will be made to care. The case centered around Elaine Huguenin, a Christian in New Mexico who owned a photography business. She was asked to provide services to a gay commitment ceremony between two lesbians, Vanessa Willock and her partner. Ms. Huguenin and her husband declined to provide their services because they are Christians and the orthodox tenets of their faith tell them that marriage is between a man and a woman. See e.g. Matthew 19. Vanessa Willock, in an act of...
  • Hobby Lobby Asks Court to End Birth-control Mandate

    05/24/2013 4:45:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 23, 2013 | Associated Press
    In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. asked a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill. The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argued that businesses — not just the currently exempted religious groups — should be allowed to seek exception from that section of the health law if it violates their religious beliefs.
  • Military warned 'evangelicals' No. 1 threat; Christians targeted ahead of Muslim Brotherhood,

    04/05/2013 4:45:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    wnd ^ | 4/5/13 | Jack Minor
    Soldiers in the U.S. military have been told in a training briefing that evangelical Christians are the No. 1 extremist threat to America – ahead of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, KKK, Nation of Islam, al-Qaida, Hamas and others. “Men and women of faith who have served the Army faithfully for centuries shouldn’t be likened to those who have regularly threatened the peace and security of the United States,” said Col. (Ret.) Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization. It also...
  • Army Labeled Evangelicals as Religious Extremists

    04/05/2013 4:26:16 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 28 replies ^ | April 5, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned. “We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.” The incident occurred during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism. Topping the list is Evangelical...
  • Army Labeled Evangelicals as Religious Extremists

    04/06/2013 8:04:39 AM PDT · by libstripper · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 5, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned.
  • Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism Labeled 'Extremist' in Army Presentation (Along with KKK)

    04/06/2013 8:13:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/06/2013 | By Nicola Menzie
    A U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief describes "Evangelical Christianity" and "Catholicism" as examples of "religious extremism," according to the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, who shared a copy of the documents with The Christian Post."The number of hate groups, extremists and anti‐govt organizations in the U.S. has continued to grow over the past three years, according to reports by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They increased to 1,018 in 2011, up from 1,002 in 2010 and 602 in 2000," reads the first page of the slide presentation labeled "Extremism & Extremist...
  • Minnesota Taxpayers Challenge State Abortion Funding

    11/29/2012 5:13:59 AM PST · by rhema
    Citizen Link ^ | November 28, 2012 | Bethany Monk
    Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of two Minnesota taxpayers challenging the state’s unauthorized use of state funds being used for elective abortions. The plaintiffs in Walker v. Jesson are suing to prevent the state from using public funds to pay for non-therapeutic abortions on indigent women. The Minnesota Legislature passed a statute in the late 1970s limiting the abortions it would pay for, and also banned taxpayer funding for elective abortions. In 1995, the state Supreme Court struck down part of the statute, ruling that the state cannot withhold state funding for abortions that...

    08/08/2012 5:56:40 PM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    HONOLULU — A federal court Wednesday upheld Hawaii’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman. The court rejected a lawsuit that sought to tear down the state’s law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman and Hawaii’s constitutional amendment that gives the legislature the power to maintain the timeless definition. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys defended the law and the amendment on behalf of Hawaii Family Forum, which the court allowed to intervene in the case in April. “This ruling affirms that protecting and strengthening marriage as the union of one man and one woman...
  • It's 'Constitution 101' for Maryland cops

    03/08/2012 8:32:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 7, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    It’s going to be “Constitution 101″ for state police in Maryland, who will be undergoing training on the First and Fourth Amendments as part of a settlement of a lawsuit over the illegal arrests of pro-life protesters there. Confirmation comes from officials with the Alliance Defense Fund, who argued that the officers’ decision to arrest, take into custody and strip-search the protesters simply wasn’t allowed. The ADF noted that the settlement with Maryland State Police will include “training on rights protected by the First and Fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” “Under the terms of the settlement, Maryland State Police...
  • Win in the Julia Ward case

    01/27/2012 7:23:04 PM PST · by Mercat · 3 replies
    Alliance Defense Fund email ^ | 01/27/2012 | Alliance Defense Fund
    A counseling student who refused the curriculum which required her to counsel same sex couples in an accepting way.
  • Defence hunting foreign troops with citizenship for service (Australia)

    12/27/2011 2:18:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 12/27/2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Defence hunting foreign troops with citizenship for service THE Australian Defence Force is exploiting forced cutbacks in military spending in Britain and other Western countries, embarking on an unprecedented drive to recruit laid-off soldiers, sailors and air crew. Defence, which has struggled to fill recruitment quotas in the face of increasing competition from the lucrative private sector, is seeking highly skilled specialists such as fighter pilots, special forces officers and submarine crews. And as an incentive, it is prepared to offer a fast track to Australian citizenship for so-called "lateral recruits" after just three months' service. The Australian has learned...
  • 55-year-old man responsive after nearly being starved to death at hospital

    10/22/2011 1:35:56 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 68 replies
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | 10/21/11 | Matt Bowman
    FREDERICK, Md. — A 55-year-old Maryland man who became temporarily unconscious after suffering a heart attack and a seizure has been saved from being starved to death after an ADF-allied attorney obtained an order in state court on behalf of the man’s mother and brother. The man, Daniel Sanger, is now responding to hospital staff after going six days without food and water. Although Sanger told his doctor and his mother “I want to live” before he went unconscious, Frederick Memorial Hospital removed the public-assistance patient from life-giving food, water, and nutrients on Friday with the permission of his wife....
  • Obsessed with liberty

    10/05/2011 8:06:28 AM PDT · by upbeat5
    World Magazine ^ | October 8, 2011 | Warren Cole Smith
    Alan Sears is the president, CEO, and general counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), often called the conservative counterweight to the liberal American Civil Liberties Union. Since ADF's founding in 1994, he has been involved with thousands of cases dealing with freedom of religion, abortion, marriage, and family composition, and has led the training of more than 1,500 lawyers.
  • New York clerk faces lawsuit for refusing to sign same-sex ‘marriage’ license

    09/30/2011 2:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 30, 2011 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    LEDYARD, NY, September 29, 2011 ( - Another town clerk in New York may lose her job for refusing to sign marriage licenses for same sex couples, the New York Times reports. Fifty-seven-year-old Rose Marie Belforti has been the town clerk in the small rural town of Ledyard, New York for ten years. When the state of New York legalized homosexual “marriage” this past summer, Belforti decided that she could not reconcile signing same-sex marriage licenses with her Christian faith. Instead, she decided to delegate the task to a deputy, who would issue such licenses by appointment. Now, a lesbian...
  • NJ man double-crossed by town for displaying two crosses in front yard

    07/01/2011 1:18:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies ^ | 07/01/2011 | Jon Scruggs
    The Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter to the township of Livingston urging officials to stop using a town ordinance to prohibit a resident from displaying crosses in various areas of his own yard. Police ordered the homeowner to take down a cross he had affixed to a tree in celebration of Lent after a neighbor complained. “It’s ridiculous to stop citizens from displaying a cross on their own property,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Jonathan Scruggs. “The Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to express their religious beliefs in this fashion, and no local ordinance can trump that. In...
  • Aussie women outdo Israelis on front line

    04/15/2011 9:35:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | April 16, 2011 | John Lyons, Mark Dodd
    Aussie women outdo Israelis on front line John Lyons, Mark Dodd From: The Australian IN a country that is on permanent war alert and trying to draw on as much of society as possible for its armed forces, Israelis react with puzzlement when told of the debate in Australia as to whether women should serve in frontline positions. "It's not an issue for us any more," Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich, spokeswoman for the Israeli Defence Forces, said. "I should also point out that around the world you have something like 17 ministers of defence who are women, which shows women...
  • Firefighters forced to participate in gay pride parade win legal battle

    01/31/2011 10:23:57 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    cna ^ | January 31, 2011
    San Diego, Calif., Jan 31, 2011 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- Members of the San Diego Fire Department have won a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city for being forced to participate in a local gay pride parade in 2007. On Jan. 26, the California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the city and instead upheld a lower court ruling in favor of the firefighters. The move ends a several-year legal legal battle for four firefighters who lodged a complaint against San Diego for being forced to participate in the city’s gay pride parade in 2007. Although the...
  • (liberal Democratic) Jewish groups respond to Palin’s use of ‘blood libel’

    01/12/2011 10:51:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 111 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/12/11 | Zachary Roth
    Several Jewish groups are criticizing Sarah Palin's use of the controversial term "blood libel" in her video statement on the Arizona shootings. The phrase has traditionally been used to refer to anti-Semitic and false myths about Jews using the blood of Christians, often children, in their rituals. Abraham Foxman, who heads the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement: It is unfortunate that the tragedy in Tucson continues to stimulate a political blame game.  Rather than step back and reflect on the lessons to be learned from this tragedy, both parties have reverted to political partisanship and finger-pointing at a time...
  • Illinois professor fired for giving Catholic teaching on homosexuality (with specifics)

    07/10/2010 6:31:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | July 9, 2010
    Dr. Kenneth Howell. Champaign, Ill., Jul 9, 2010 / 06:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor for teaching in a class on Catholicism that homosexual acts violate natural moral law.Dr. Kenneth Howell was informed that he could no longer teach in the university's department of religion. The decision came after a student complained that Howell's statements were “hate speech.”In response to his firing, Howell wrote a letter to friends explaining the events surrounding his dismissal.Howell said in the letter, which was obtained by CNA, that he first came to teach at the St. John's Catholic...
  • Iroquois choppers become Australia's treasures

    07/07/2010 1:04:10 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/6/2010 |
    After serving the nation for several years, an army squadron of 11 Iroquois helicopters will become tourist attractions at military bases around Australia. "Townsville and the other locations selected have had an association with the Iroquois helicopter for a very long time. It's only fitting then that these helicopters come to rest among these communities," Minister for Defence Materiel and Science Greg Combet said. "One Iroquois helicopter will be kept for permanent display outside Townsville's RAAF Base, where we expect it to attract military enthusiasts and other visitors." The helicopters will also be seen at Bandiana and Point Cook in...
  • Banished! City forbids Bible studies in homes

    03/13/2010 6:16:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 98 replies · 2,012+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 3/13/10 | left that other site
    FAITH UNDER FIRE Banished! City forbids Bible studies in homes 'This letter will serve as a 10-day written notice to quit such use' Posted: March 13, 2010 12:20 am Eastern By Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily The city of Gilbert, Ariz., has ordered a group of seven adults to stop gathering for Bible studies in a private home because such meetings are forbidden by the city's zoning codes. The issue was brought to a head when city officials wrote a letter to a pastor and his wife informing them they had 10 days to quit having the meetings in their...
  • N.Y. High School Sued for Disbanding Christian Student Club

    02/26/2010 4:27:25 PM PST · by metmom · 9 replies · 689+ views ^ | Friday, February 26, 2010 | By Lauren Green
    A "Christ-centered" legal group has filed a federal lawsuit against a high school in New York, accusing it of religious discrimination after it disbanded a student Christian club while leaving dozens of other clubs active. The Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund claims the Christian club, called Ichthus, was cancelled without notice after being in operation for four years. ADF filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Islip on behalf of a student at Half Hollow Hills High School East in the Long Island town of Dix Hills. ADF attorney David Cortman said Ichthus was disbanded even though there was student...
  • Three Rings and You’re Out: Bishop Busted for Bells

    01/30/2010 5:27:09 AM PST · by LikeLight · 15 replies · 366+ views
    Is There a Lawyer in the Church? ^ | 1/29/2010 | Stephen Bloom
    Zero tolerance for church bells? Ring free zones? Instead of getting tough on dealers, Arizona prosecutors are going after pealers. It doesn't ring true, but it is. Here's the video report from Alliance Defense Fund: [video embed at source link] ADF is representing the bellringing Bishop in an appeal hearing of his criminal conviction and, in a separate civil case, is challenging the application of local noise ordinances to church bells.
  • Breaking: Emergency injunction filed to stop hospital from discontinuing baby's care

    11/23/2009 12:24:50 PM PST · by moonpie57 · 152 replies · 6,498+ views
    Jill Stanek ^ | November 23, 2009 | Jill Stanek
    <p>The Alliance Defense Fund just filed an emergency injunction and restraining order in response to the decision a couple hours ago by an "ethics panel" at East Tennessee Children's Hospital to discontinue care of 9-month-old Gabriel Palmer.</p> <p>Baby Gabriel was born prematurely with a genetic abnormality, club foot, and narrow airway, but he flourished when he went home from the hospital in June, where he grew, played, and received physical therapy while going to regular doctor visits. He was fed through a tube and received some oxygen and medications.</p>
  • Voters Seeing Red Over ACLU Attack

    10/05/2009 5:49:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 3,239+ views ^ | October 5, 2009 | Joseph Infranco and Rees Lloyd
    General Douglas MacArthur famously noted that "old soldiers never die; they just fade away." Sometimes, though, before they fade away, they get angry. And a case being argued in the Supreme Court Wednesday has veterans seeing red, white, and blue-but mostly red. Unsurprisingly, the case will go to the court courtesy of an ACLU lawsuit. The object at the center of the case is a small, unadorned cross sitting in a remote part of the Mojave Desert Preserve in Southeast California. A veterans' group erected this memorial cross on private land in 1934 to honor the dead of all wars....
  • Wash. college agrees to end discrimination against pro-life students

    10/01/2009 3:49:54 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 971+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | September 28, 2009,
    Community Colleges of Spokane and Spokane Falls Community College officials agreed to a court order Thursday that settles a lawsuit filed after they attempted to unconstitutionally silence the pro-life message of a student group. SFCC officials threatened student Beth Sheeran, represented by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, and other members of a Christian student group with disciplinary measures, including expulsion, if they chose to hold a pro-life event on campus because the information they were sharing with other students was deemed “discriminatory” and did not include a pro-abortion viewpoint. The agreed-upon order eliminates or revises the problematic policies and...
  • Feds Ban Religious References on Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments

    09/30/2009 2:37:59 PM PDT · by machogirl · 68 replies · 1,731+ views
    kfyi ^ | 10/01/2009 | Kfyi
    The Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter to Governor Brewer and other officials saying that it goes against the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. By KFYI News (KFYI News) Federal and Arizona officials, including Governor Brewer, were sent a letter by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) to stop enforcing a requirement banning kids from creating ornaments with religious themes for the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree. Click here to read the entire letter. Arizona was given the honor of providing Washington D.C. their annual Christmas tree and having schoolchildren from around the state decorate the tree with some 4,000 ornaments....
  • Dozens of pastors challenge IRS rules

    09/27/2009 5:04:38 AM PDT · by Man50D · 8 replies · 624+ views ^ | September 26, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Dozens of pastors around the nation are challenging an Internal Revenue Service rule that anti-Christian activists often invoke when they want to silence the message of churches, according to the Alliance Defense FundThe organization has announced that more than 80 preachers are taking part in its second annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday this weekend. The pastors will preach Sunday sermons related to biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates or current government officials, exercising their constitutional right to free religious expression, the ADF said. They will do so despite a "problematic" IRS rule that activists use when they want to...
  • Push for women to fight on front line to improve recruitment

    09/09/2009 4:26:04 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 44 replies · 2,310+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 9, 2009 | Patrick Walters
    WOMEN should be able to serve in all frontline combat units of the Australian Defence Force, including the SAS and commando units, under a controversial plan that could avert a looming recruitment crisis. The push by Defence Personnel and Science Minister Greg Combet would remove gender as a criterion for selection for specialised categories of military service. The Rudd government wants to lift the proportion of women serving in the defence force from the current level of 13 per cent, as demographic pressures bear down on defence force recruitment over the next decade. Removing any gender discrimination for serving in...
  • N.H. Court Orders Home-Schooled Girl into Public School

    08/27/2009 11:21:03 PM PDT · by kingattax · 226 replies · 5,402+ views
    CitizenLink ^ | 8-27-09 | Staff
    The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has asked a New Hampshire court to reconsider its decision to order a 10-year-old home-schooled girl into public school. "Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children," said ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons. "In this case, the court is illegitimately altering a method of education that the court itself admits is working." The parents of the girl are divorced, and the mother has been home-schooling her. In the process of renegotiating the terms of a parenting plan for the girl, the guardian ad litem concluded that the girl "appeared to reflect...
  • New Hampshire Court orders Christian homeschooled girl to attend public school

    08/27/2009 5:51:11 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 66 replies · 3,379+ views ^ | 8/26/2009 | Pete Chagnon
    A Christian homeschool girl in New Hampshire has been ordered into government-run public school for having "sincerely held" religious beliefs. An attorney working with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has filed motions with a New Hampshire court, asking it to reconsider its order to send the 10-year-old homeschooled girl into public school. According to ADF allied attorney John Anthony Simmons, the court acknowledges that the girl in question is doing well socially and academically, but he adds that the court went too far when they determined that the girl's Christian faith was a "bit too sincerely held and must be...
  • Groups pledge to help defend Virginia city’s customary prayer at public meetings

    08/05/2009 9:59:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 265+ views
    cna ^ | August 5, 2009
    Mayor Chesapeake Alan Krasnoff Chesapeake, Va., Aug 5, 2009 / 06:30 am (CNA).- Following complaints from a Wisconsin-based atheist group against a Virginia city that opens public meetings with prayer, the Alliance Defense Fund and the Family Foundation of Virginia have offered to provide pro bono legal assistance if the city adopts a prayer policy that is challenged in court.The 14,000-member Freedom From Religion Foundation had sent letters of complaint to the city of Chesapeake, Virginia because of what the group called its “illegal practice” of routine opening prayers at its public meetings.ADF Senior Legal Council Mike Johnson, speaking...
  • Homosexclamation! Christian student fights prof, wins big

    07/15/2009 3:07:02 AM PDT · by Man50D · 16 replies · 1,371+ views ^ | July 14, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    A California court has ruled in favor of a student who was insulted for defending traditional marriage and has ordered the college to strike from its website a sexual harassment policy that censors speech deemed "offensive" to homosexual people. As WND reported, Jonathan Lopez, a student at Los Angeles City College, was delivering a speech on his Christian faith in speech class when professor John Matteson interrupted him, called him a "fascist b----rd" for mentioning a moral conviction against homosexual marriage and later told him to "ask God what your grade is." The professor also warned on his evaluation of...
  • ...Eastern Michigan University dismissed grad student...for her views on homosexuality

    04/23/2009 2:15:55 PM PDT · by AreaMan · 27 replies · 1,456+ views
    Ann Arbor News ^ | 06 April 2009 | Amanda Hamon
    Federal lawsuit claims Eastern Michigan University dismissed grad student from counseling program for her views on homosexuality by Amanda Hamon | The Ann Arbor News Monday April 06, 2009, 9:49 AM A national legal group has filed a lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University on behalf of a graduate student who allegedly was dismissed from a counseling program because of her beliefs about homosexuality.The complaint was filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Detroit, according to a federal database of lawsuits.The Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom says student Julea Ward was dismissed from her graduate program in March...
  • Remains of MIA Aussie bomber found (the last Australian MIAs of Vietnam)

    04/21/2009 1:05:58 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 308+ views ^ | 21st April 2009 | Mark Dodd
    THE remains of an RAAF Canberra bomber flown by Australia's last two MIAs have been found in Vietnam. The wreckage was found in a remote mountainous region near the Viet-Lao border but no human remains have been located so far, Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said. Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver went missing on November 3, 1970 after their Canberra bomber failed to return from a mission, The Australian reports.
  • Prayer lawsuit may be coming to end

    03/25/2009 12:24:24 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Journal Now ^ | March 25, 2009 | Mary Giunca
    To the Rev. Les Puryear, a prayer without Christ is not a prayer. So when Puryear, the pastor of Lewisville Baptist Church, recently offered a prayer at a meeting of the Forsyth County commissioners, he prayed in the name of Jesus Christ. Prayer to a specific deity is at the heart of a lawsuit against Forsyth County and a controversy that has dragged on since 2006. The issue could, however, be coming toward an end. A judge could rule on the lawsuit next month. The lawsuit is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two county residents....
  • Christian law group loses fight with Hastings

    03/17/2009 7:14:24 PM PDT · by thecodont · 23 replies · 926+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (03-17) 16:51 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- UC Hastings College of the Law can deny recognition and funding to a Christian student group because it excludes gays, lesbians and non-Christians, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The San Francisco law school is entitled to require official student organizations to "accept all comers as members, even if those individuals disagree with the mission of the group," the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. It said the school's policy is "viewpoint-neutral" and does not violate the rights of theChristian Legal Society. The brief ruling cited the court's decision last year allowing a...
  • Global Hawk still in sights for RAAF

    03/17/2009 3:11:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 371+ views
    The Australian ^ | 18th March 2009 | Patrick Walters
    THE RAAF still aims to acquire the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft as early as 2017. While the Rudd Government has deferred a decision to acquire the highly sophisticated aircraft, the new defence white paper is expected to outline the requirement for a high-altitude long-range surveillance platform. Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon announced earlier this month that Australia would not sign up to the system design and development (SDD) phase of the US Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program, which includes the Global Hawk. The RAAF plans to replace its 32-year-old fleet of Orion AP-3C maritime surveillance planes with a...
  • Log Cabin under Democratic control? - Rich Democrat, Tim Gill, is dictating GOP group’s direction

    03/02/2009 4:22:00 PM PST · by DesertRenegade · 28 replies · 915+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | February 27, 2009 | Chris Johnson
    The amount of money that the Gill Action Fund has contributed to the Log Cabin Republicans — about one-third of its total budget in some years — is raising questions about Democratic influence over the GOP organization and its search for a new president. Tim Gill, founder and chair of Gill Action, is widely known for funding the campaigns of pro-gay politicians, many of them Democrats. He’s a wealthy entrepreneur and founder of Quark who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to various Democratic causes and candidates, including to the campaigns of Sens. John Kerry, John Edwards and Chris...
  • Good News: Ninth Circuit Upholds Church's Constitutional Rights

    02/28/2009 8:24:26 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies · 936+ views ^ | 2-27-09 | Devon Williams
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a ruling Wednesday that held a Montana church in violation of the law for speaking about the state's marriage amendment. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed a lawsuit in 2004 after the Montana commissioner of political practices investigated Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, following a complaint by a homosexual activist group. The group claimed the church was required to register as a political committee in order to speak about the marriage amendment.