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  • 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...
  • 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Alliance Defense Fund Saves Lives of the Medically Vulnerable

    03/13/2011 11:05:52 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 3/12/11 | Wesley J. Smith
    I reported on Friday that Rachael Nyirahaabiyambere was back on a feeding tube by court order. I can now report that the ADF has–once again–leaped into the breach to help a family whose loved one was threatened with dehydration–just as it did in the Jesse Ramirez case.  In doing so, it has attempted to bring a modicum of equal justice to Nyirahabiyambrere and her family in the outrageous dehydration of the African immigrant.  From the story: A judge ordered Friday that a Rwandan immigrant whose feeding tube was removed three weeks ago against her family’s wishes be given nutrition...
  • Court: San Diego wronged firefighters [cannot be forced to participate in gay "pride" parades ]

    10/16/2010 12:50:05 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10/16/2010 | Charlie Butts
    A court says San Diego firefighters cannot be forced to participate in homosexual "pride" parades -- and that the city's forcing four of them to do so three years ago subjected them to "sexual harassment." Four San Diego firefighters filed suit against the city in 2009 and won in the case surrounding their forced participation in a 2007 "gay pride" parade. The city, however, appealed that decision -- and Alliance Defense Fund attorney Joe Infranco tells OneNewsNow that the appellate court agreed Thursday with the lower court. "[The court found] that they had been sexually harassed by the city's compelling...
  • Does anyone represent California voters?

    08/17/2010 7:44:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/17/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    When 52 percent of California voters passed Proposition 8 in November 2008, Attorney General Jerry Brown said he would defend the measure during the inevitable appeals. Then, as is his fashion, Brown changed his mind. Ditto Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who twice vetoed same-sex marriage bills passed by the Legislature in deference to California voters who passed an earlier same-sex marriage statute in 2000. But after Prop. 8 passed, both refused to defend the measure. This month, after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional, both Brown and Schwarzenegger urged Walker to lift a stay on his...
  • Federal Appeals Court Intervenes in Prop. 8, Halts California Gay 'Marriages'

    08/17/2010 5:55:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2010 | Peter J. Smith and Kathleen Gilbert
    SAN FRANCISCO, August 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals intervened in the battle over Proposition 8 Monday afternoon, and gave an order preventing California officials from issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples until they can hear the case. The stay from the three judge panel of the appeals court blocked Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision overturning Proposition 8, the voter-approved state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  Walker, one of three known openly homosexual judges in the federal judiciary, ruled in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case that...
  • Perez Hilton’s Pet Emu (Another Outrage!)

    05/11/2009 7:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 1,434+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 11, 2009 | Mike Adams
    I hate to gossip – especially about a gossip columnist – but rumor has it that Perez Hilton just landed a new job. He’ll be leaving the world’s second most embarrassing profession to join the world’s most embarrassing profession. Yep, you guessed it; he’s going to become a college professor. Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has decided to hire Perez Hilton to teach in its counseling program. The decision follows a recent controversy that has landed the school in federal court. School officials dismissed a student, Julea Ward, from the school’s counseling program for not affirming homosexual behavior as morally acceptable....
  • Court affirms law calling unborn 'living human beings'

    07/01/2008 2:59:28 AM PDT · by Man50D · 28 replies · 232+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 30, 2008
    A federal court ruled against Planned Parenthood and rejected an injunction against a state law requiring doctors to tell women seeking abortions that they may face serious medical conditions and will "terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit issued a 7-4 ruling Friday to lift an injunction against the South Dakota informed consent abortion law. Attorneys representing the Alliance Defense Fund filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the Family Research Council in defense of the law. "A woman's life is worth more than Planned Parenthood's bottom...
  • Court challenge prompts CSU to drop civility code for students (SFSU Republicans lawsuit)

    03/07/2008 11:58:28 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 5 replies · 580+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7 March 2008 | Bob Egelko
    Court challenge prompts CSU to drop civility code for students To the relief of a campus Republican group, the 417,000 students at California State University's 23 institutions no longer face the possibility of discipline for failing to be civil to one another. The change was part of a settlement approved by a federal magistrate in Oakland this week in a lawsuit by the San Francisco State College Republicans, whose members were subjected to a disciplinary hearing after some of them stomped on two flags bearing the name of Allah during an anti-terrorism rally in October 2006. The flags represented the...
  • School districts continue free shoe distribution despite legal threat (a church and state issue?)

    01/04/2008 1:32:10 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 37 replies · 118+ views
    One News Now ^ | January 4, 2008 | Ed Thomas
    The Alliance Defense Fund was able to prevent a liberal group from spoiling the Christmas cheer of two South Carolina school districts by offering to serve as their legal counsel. The Edgefield and Aiken County districts had received threats of legal action from Americans United for Separation of Church and State last month for facilitating distribution of shoes to students by volunteers in a church-sponsored program. During winter each year, a Baptist church in the Aiken, South Carolina, area offers the "Laces 4 Love" program, which provides shoes to consenting parents of children who are wearing worn-out or inappropriately cold...
  • Room at the rotunda: ADF attorneys ensure nativity can be displayed in Wash. State Capitol building

    12/04/2007 2:14:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 151+ views
    adf ^ | October 17, 2007
    A man barred from placing a nativity scene in the Washington State Capitol rotunda last year will no longer face opposition from state officials.  ADF attorneys filed a lawsuit last year after state officials denied the request but allowed a menorah and a “holiday tree” to be displayed.  The parties settled the suit, allowing Ron Wesselius to display a nativity scene on behalf of citizens who celebrate Christmas.   “It’s incredible to think that Americans have to think twice about whether it is OK to celebrate Christmas in public,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Byron Babione.  “Just as it is constitutional...
  • Attorney says stopping pedophile will be tricky

    08/25/2007 5:06:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 846+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 24, 2007 | Ed Thomas
    Former "blogging pedophile" Jack McClellan has been released from jail, following his arrest last week for violating a restraining order in California. His release follows the prediction of observers in law enforcement, child advocacy, and the judicial system who think it will be difficult to take effective or even constitutional steps against McClellan to protect children. The 45-year-old self-professed pedophile was arrested August 13 for violating a three-year restraining order that required him to stay 30 feet away from all children. He was being held in jail with a $150,000 bail bond. But according to Associated Press, he was released...
  • Teen files suit to hold anti-gay event

    04/14/2007 9:46:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 30 replies · 1,133+ views
    The president of a public high school's Christian Club is suing for the right to hold an event at the school to air his anti-homosexuality views. Jason Aufiero, a senior at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, wants to hold a "Day of Truth" next week to present what he considers the biblical teaching against homosexuality. His lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Newark, is backed by the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian legal group. Evangelical Christians have begun staging Day of Truth events in response to the national "Day of Silence" that some districts hold...
  • Government Employee Wins Free-Speech Case

    04/10/2007 7:54:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 504+ views
    Employer had rejected a flier as "religious." Once a government employer gives its employees a venue to express opinions, it must accept whatever beliefs show up, even if they’re religious. That’s according to a federal judge, who ruled last month that a Department of Defense worker has the right to use a bulletin board to express his views concerning homosexuality and abortion. Garry Lister was convinced that the charity pool at the Defense Logistics Agency in Columbus, Ohio, was contributing to questionable causes. He wanted to post a flier advising fellow employees that when they contribute to charity fundraisers, their...
  • Judge Rules in Favor of NJ Second-Grader - School Can't Censor Future Christian Songs in Talent Show

    12/12/2006 4:43:07 PM PST · by GretchenM · 42 replies · 1,451+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 12, 2006 | News Staff/AH
    "The effect of this court decision is that it permanently prohibits this school from discriminating against religious speech within the context of its school talent shows. Today's ruling is a tremendous victory for religious liberty and free speech, especially for students." ... a second-grader in the Frenchtown Elementary school in NJ had been banned from performing the song Awesome God (made famous by the late Rich Mullins), not only for its religious genre, but also because of its "proselytizing nature." This week however, a federal court issued a ruling preventing the school from censoring any future religious songs performed by...
  • Appeals Court Rules Pastors Civil Rights Were Not Violated (WI)

    11/21/2006 10:28:30 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies · 376+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | November 21, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    MADISON, WI (AP) -- Madison police did not violate the civil rights of a Monroe pastor when they told him to take his anti-homosexual banners off highway overpasses in 2003, a federal appeals court ruled. The ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, upheld a December ruling by U.S. District Judge John Shabaz. That court said it was the spectacle and the traffic hazard the protest caused, rather than the message, that prompted Madison police to remove Ralph Ovadal, pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church, and his group. The banners stating...
  • University of Wisconsin ignores the law, refuses to recognize Christian student organizations

    08/15/2006 1:01:42 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 336+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | Monday, August 07, 2006, 5:15 PM (MST) | ADF Media Relations
    University of Wisconsin ignores the law, refuses to recognize Christian student organizationshttp://alliancedefensefund.org/news/pressrelease.aspx?cid=3820 ADF attorney calls university officials to account for discriminatory actions Monday, August 07, 2006, 5:15 PM (MST) ADF Media Relations | 480-444-0020 MADISON, Wis. — The director of the Alliance Defense Fund’s Center for Academic Freedom sent a letter to University of Wisconsin officials today warning them about the illegality of their continued de-recognition of Christian student groups. "Christian student groups shouldn’t be treated differently from other student organizations,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David French, who wrote the letter. “The University of Wisconsin has decided to force...
  • Sampson superintendent backs Christian’s suspension [free speech & free excercise]

    05/08/2006 5:38:35 PM PDT · by dukeman · 32 replies · 625+ views
    Fayettevillenc.com ^ | 5/6/06 | Amneris Solano
    SPIVEY’S CORNER, NC — The Sampson County school system stands behind a decision to suspend a student for passing out Christian leaflets at Midway High School, Superintendent Stewart Hobbs said Friday. Hobbs said the student was given in-school suspension for insubordination after disobeying the principal about distributing the fliers. The handouts, which presented a Christian viewpoint on homosexuality, caused a disturbance in the school and prompted some students, teachers and a parent to complain, Hobbs said. But the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, said the student, Benjamin Arthurs, was wrongfully punished for expressing his religious beliefs. The group...
  • How homosexual school clubs offer sex to students ["Day of Silence" tomorrow]

    04/25/2006 6:56:58 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 41 replies · 3,316+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 25, 2006 | Linda Harvey
    Tuesday, April 25, 2006 How homosexual school clubs offer sex to students Posted: April 25, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern By Linda Harvey © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com The mainstream media is sure to spend time this next week on the subject of homosexuality and youth, precipitated by the observance in hundreds of high schools of the so-called "Day of Silence" on Wednesday, April 26. This is the day that students who are "GLBT" – that's "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered" – pledge to remain silent all day to draw attention to what they believe is discrimination. On Thursday, April 27, some schools will be...
  • Judge to school: If you allow “God,” you must allow “Jesus,” too

    04/05/2006 4:38:18 PM PDT · by dukeman · 10 replies · 544+ views
    ADF attorneys hail ruling by New York judge protecting high school family who wanted to purchase brick with the inscription “Jesus Loves You” ALBANY, N.Y. — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund applauded a decision by a federal district judge who ruled that high school officials implementing a fundraising campaign could not censor parents who wanted to purchase a brick for their children inscribed with the words, “Jesus Loves You.” “School officials shouldn’t be treating Christian students and their families as second-class citizens,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “These school officials clearly violated the First Amendment of the Constitution...
  • ADF Intervenes, School Gives Wearer of Pro-Life Sweatshirts 'Green Light'

    11/05/2005 11:11:51 AM PST · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 1,164+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 11/4/05 | Jim Brown
    A Georgia high school has decided against censoring a student's pro-life expression on his clothing. Senior Brian Ramirez was recently forced to serve an in-school suspension for wearing sweatshirts with messages such as "Abortion is homicide" and "She is a child, not a choice." The student also was penalized with a zero grade for each day's lab missed while in suspension, and informed that for each day he continued to wear clothing bearing a pro-life message he would remain on suspension. But after the Alliance Defense Fund intervened on his behalf and threatened to file a federal lawsuit against the...
  • How Many ACLU Lawyers Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?

    10/24/2005 2:45:34 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 17 replies · 894+ views
    Real Clear Politics Commentary ^ | October 24th, 2005 | John Leo
    The "tiny cross" people at the American Civil Liberties Union are at it again. These are the folks with extra-keen eyes and powerful magnifying glasses who examine the official seals of towns and counties, looking for miniature crosses that ACLU lawyers like to trumpet as grave threats to separation of church and state. This time around, the folks with the magnifying glasses are leaning on the village of Tijeras, N.M., whose seal contains a conquistador's helmet and sword, a scroll, a desert plant, a fairly large religious symbol (the Native American zia) and a quite small Christian cross. "Tiny cross"...
  • Today's lesson: Ohio school district must allow student to wear T-shirt with religious message

    08/18/2005 3:33:01 PM PDT · by dukeman · 52 replies · 1,165+ views
    Federal court rules in favor of student and grants permanent injunction sought by ADF-allied attorneys COLUMBUS, Ohio-- A federal district court today ruled in favor of attorneys allied with the Alliance Defense Fund and ordered an Ohio school district to respect the First Amendment rights of a student, declaring its treatment of the student unconstitutional. The Northern Local School District prohibited the student, James Nixon, from wearing a T-shirt that one school official deemed "offensive" and "potentially disruptive" even though no disruption actually occurred. "The Constitution does not permit censorship based upon what someone thinks 'might' happen," said ADF-allied attorney...
  • ACLU backs down in Louisiana nativity scene case

    08/14/2005 8:13:58 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 42 replies · 1,348+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | Friday, August 12, 2005, 11:38 AM | unknown
    BENTON, La. - In a settlement agreement negotiated by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union will no longer pursue its legal attack upon the Bossier Parish School District. ADF attorneys represent the district. One of the district's schools displayed a nativity scene during the Christmas season of 2003 and has allowed other forms of religious expression on campus. This prompted the ACLU to file suit against the district and school officials. "The ACLU's case was going nowhere fast," said Mike Johnson, an ADF attorney based in Shreveport. "Stockwell Place Elementary School's display of a creche...
  • ACLU backs down in Louisiana nativity scene case

    08/15/2005 7:08:17 AM PDT · by dukeman · 6 replies · 494+ views
    BENTON, La. - In a settlement agreement negotiated by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union will no longer pursue its legal attack upon the Bossier Parish School District. ADF attorneys represent the district. One of the district's schools displayed a nativity scene during the Christmas season of 2003 and has allowed other forms of religious expression on campus. This prompted the ACLU to file suit against the district and school officials. "The ACLU's case was going nowhere fast," said Mike Johnson, an ADF attorney based in Shreveport. "Stockwell Place Elementary School's display of a creche...
  • Settlement: Historical American documents can be taught in Cupertino (CA) schools

    08/15/2005 7:01:18 AM PDT · by dukeman · 10 replies · 1,625+ views
    CUPERTINO, Calif. - Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and the Cupertino Union School District filed a settlement agreement today in the lawsuit Williams v. Vidmar. "We are pleased that this matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Kevin Theriot. "The school district is to be commended for agreeing that their policy allows teachers, no matter what their religious beliefs, to use handouts of historical significance that have religious content, like the Declaration of Independence." ADF attorneys filed the lawsuit in federal court against the district in November of last year on...
  • Moving the ball forward: ADF to train high school students on America's judicial system

    08/05/2005 6:27:38 AM PDT · by dukeman · 7 replies · 295+ views
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Alliance Defense Fund will provide training on America's federal and state judicial systems for high school age students from all across the U.S. as part of the TeenPact Judicial Program (West), co-sponsored by the Georgia-based TeenPact Leadership School. The program, which emphasizes the importance of worldview training as part of proper legal instruction, will be held at ADF's headquarters in Scottsdale Aug. 8-14. "Understanding America's state and federal judicial systems as well as one's own worldview is vital for the next generation of Americans interested in law and government," said ADF Senior Vice President of Strategic...
  • 'Declaration' lawsuit proceeds--Handout of Jefferson's document barred due to God reference

    04/30/2005 3:45:04 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 11 replies · 555+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/30/05 | World Net Daily
    A federal judge allowed a history teacher's lawsuit to proceed against school-district officials who barred him from providing supplemental handouts to students – including the Declaration of Independence – because the historical documents contain some references to God and religion. Stephen Williams' claim against officials with the Cupertino Union School District in California was approved by Judge James Ware in San Jose, who wrote in his order "Williams has sufficiently alleged the deprivation of a constitutional right to Equal Protection of the law." "The judge's ruling means the case will move ahead as we believed it would," said Kevin Theriot...
  • Happy holidays? Not for some Christians

    12/24/2004 8:35:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 1,052+ views
    They are Christmas and Chanukah rites in their own cheerless ways, those annual December disputes over what to sing, what to say, and what religious symbols to display in public space.The Maplewood-South Orange school district had its own controversy this month, as its ban on religious songs -- even instrumental versions -- at Columbia High School drew national ridicule, and a federal lawsuit.And in Oklahoma, voters angry at a superintendent who removed a Nativity scene from a school show organized to defeat an $11 million school bond measure.The people objecting are those who feel religion is being driven out...
  • Lawsuit over Banning of Declaration of Independence

    11/27/2004 7:58:06 AM PST · by freespirited · 28 replies · 1,421+ views
    Click on the link for the first eight pages of the lawsuit filed by Stephen Williams, the teacher who has been banned from handing out the Declaration of Independence and other historical documents that contain "religious content" in his fifth grade class. According to the suit, Williams is the only teacher who must restrict his handouts to a list authorized by the principal. He alleges that she requires him to do this because she knows that he is an orthodox Christian.
  • Gay marriage opponents ask California top court to intervene

    02/25/2004 5:31:06 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 139+ views
    AP via San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 25, 2004 | DAVID KRAVETS
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Opponents of gay marriage asked the California Supreme Court on Wednesday to stop San Francisco from issuing any more same-sex marriage licenses and to nullify the thousands of weddings already performed.</p> <p>The lawsuit was filed by the Alliance Defense Fund less than a week after two state judges declined to stop San Francisco city officials from issuing the marriage licenses, more than 3,200 of which have been granted since Feb. 12.</p>
  • Legal group seeks to 'end the intimidation by the political left'

    04/16/2003 4:53:38 PM PDT · by Kuksool · 11 replies · 238+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 15, 2003 | Art Moore
    Ads target campus 'anti-Christian bigotry' Legal group seeks to 'end the intimidation by the political left' Posted: April 15, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Art Moore Seeking to "level the academic playing field," a national group has placed advertisements in major university newspapers urging students to report incidences of "anti-Christian bigotry" on campus. "Students must understand that the protections of the First Amendment do not stop at the university gate," said Benjamin W. Bull, chief counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, the Arizona-based organization that purchased the ad space. Alliance Defense Fund ad urges students to report discrimination against Christians...
  • Ads target campus 'anti-Christian bigotry'

    04/14/2003 11:57:32 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 90+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2003 | Art Moore
    Seeking to "level the academic playing field," a national group has placed advertisements in major university newspapers urging students to report incidences of "anti-Christian bigotry" on campus. "Students must understand that the protections of the First Amendment do not stop at the university gate," said Benjamin W. Bull, chief counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, the Arizona-based organization that purchased the ad space. Alliance Defense Fund ad urges students to report discrimination against Christians The ads, which began running yesterday in the papers of four state schools, encourage students who believe they have been singled out for unfair treatment to...