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  • Virginia House Passes Bill to Protect Religious Business Owners

    02/17/2016 2:35:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 02/17/2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    The Virginia House of Delegates passed a measure Tuesday that would prohibit the state from taking action against businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples or people who engage in extra-marital sex. The House passed the controversial bill in a 56-41 vote, with supporters saying the legislation would protect religious rights of business owners from state-led lawsuits or the loss of state grants and contracts for simply refusing service to gay couples. ...
  • Massachusetts Court is Forcing Catholic Schools to Hire Homosexuals

    12/23/2015 11:03:20 AM PST · by xzins · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 23, 2015 | Michael Cantrell
    The First Amendment right to freedom of religion seems to be utterly meaningless to liberals in government today as they continue to make rulings that are the equivalent of ripping the Constitution to pieces and wiping their backsides with it. Courts in Massachusetts are now telling Catholic schools they have no choice but to hire homosexuals, despite the fact doing so goes against their beliefs. This is exactly why separation of church and state exists. Not to keep God out of government, but government out of the church. From Christian News: A state court in Massachusetts has ruled that a...
  • north carolina house overrides magistrate same-sex marriage veto

    06/12/2015 7:23:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    11 Eyewitness News ^ | June 12, 2015 | WTVD-AP
    A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs became law in North Carolina on Thursday, with the state House voting to override the governor's veto of the bill. The Senate had voted to do the same with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's veto a week ago. Thursday's House vote of 69-41 was just over the three-fifths majority needed. Ten House members were absent and didn't vote. The law, taking effect immediately, means some register of deeds workers who assemble licenses and magistrates to solemnize civil marriages can decide to stop performing...
  • Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

    03/28/2015 9:12:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    Ottawa Sun ^ | 03/28/2015 | REUTERS
    A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding, officials said. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement.
  • If Firing Atlanta’s Fire Chief Isn’t a Religious Liberty Case, Then Nothing Is

    01/22/2015 7:14:38 AM PST · by xzins · 18 replies
    CrossWalk ^ | 15 Jan 15 | Alex Crain
    Today's lead editorial in The New York Times came out in strong support of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for firing the city's Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran. Cochran, as you may know was fired recently for having “antigay views.” Christian author and professor, Denny Burk, took issue with the NYT editorial on his blog, arguing that if the Atlanta Fire Chief’s termination isn’t a religious liberty case, then nothing is. Extensive details about this curious case of termination are easy to find elsewhere. For instance, see this article, click the related links throughout this post, and view Chief Cochran’s own...
  • 'Keep Your Religion in the Closet' Says NYT Editorialist

    01/19/2015 3:22:21 PM PST · by xzins · 52 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 1/19/2015 | Michael Brown
    "I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews, homes and hearts." So says an influential New York Times journalist. In other words, "Keep your religion in the closet." In his Jan. 10 Times editorial, "Your God and My Dignity: Religious Liberty, Bigotry, and Gays," Frank Bruni writes, "I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I've deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty." He finds it "absurd" that the simple act of two men or two...
  • Why Religious Freedom Includes the Freedom to Give to the Poor

    11/12/2014 10:57:18 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | November 12, 2014 | Eric Metaxas
    In the year 257 AD, the Roman emperor Valerian stepped up the persecution of Christians, especially in the city of Rome itself. The principal targets of his campaign were the clergy and laity who came from the upper classes of Roman society. One of those caught up in Valerian’s persecution was a deacon named Lawrence. Lawrence was in charge of the Church’s property used to support Rome’s poor. Lawrence was offered a deal: in exchange for turning over the property, he would be spared arrest and execution. He agreed, adding that he needed three day to collect the church’s riches....
  • Schumer To Religious Americans: Pick One—Your Faith or Your Business

    07/10/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 10, 2014 - 4:13 PM | Eric Scheiner
    At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the ObamaCare contraception mandate can choose their faith or “you don’t have to form a corporation.” “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra—you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said. Schumer claims the Supreme Court’s decision that closely-held firms have a right to deny coverage for certain types of birth control they find objectionable under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was...
  • Bank Teller's 'Blessed Day' Leads to Her Firing (US Bank in Walton Kentucky)

    07/08/2014 3:58:25 AM PDT · by xzins · 94 replies
    CBN ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 |
    A bank teller in Kentucky claims she was fired from her job for telling customers, "Have a blessed day." Polly Neace wished customers at U.S. Bank in Walton, Kentucky, well with those words of blessing for more than two years. She said she never had anyone complain about the saying, which she said she was inspired to adopt when someone said the phrase to her in 2009. "I mean, in my opinion, I don't think there's any better way to have a blessed day," she explained in an interview with Fox News. But Neace said she was told she could...
  • Colorado baker to stop making wedding cakes after losing discrimination case

    05/31/2014 10:00:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 123 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 31, 2014
    The owner of a bakery in Lakewood said he will no longer sell wedding cakes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he did discriminate against a gay couple when he refused to sell them a cake. "We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs," Phillips said after the hearing, according to CBS Denver. Phillips also admitted he had refused service to other same-sex couples. The commission also ordered the baker to submit quarterly reports about the customers he refuses to serve and retrain employees to serve everyone.
  • Court's Prayer Ruling Has Nationwide Implications

    05/06/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 49 replies
    CBN ^ | May 06, 2014 | John Jessup
    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that cities and towns across America can continue praying at public meetings. Monday's 5-4 decision centers on an action that dates back to the nation's founding in 1774, when the first Continental Congress opened with Christian prayers. Two-hundred and forty years later, however, America is much more religiously diverse. That is part of the reason an atheist and Jew challenged prayers at public meetings in the town of Greece, New York. They claimed the prayers were mostly Christian, made them uncomfortable, and amounted to coercion. But in the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy warned...
  • Most Voters Favor Prayer, Minus Jesus, at Public Meetings

    04/23/2014 6:54:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | April 22, 2014 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer – as long as the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind survey asked about attitudes on high profile cases before the court, includingGreece v. Galloway. That case addresses whether elected officials can open public meetings with religiously specific prayers, such as praying in Jesus’ name. A Jew and an atheist brought suit in Greece, N.Y., saying the Christian prayers excluded many citizens and violated the Constitution, which bans government...
  • High School Football Coach Ordered To Stop Prayers

    02/05/2014 3:53:04 AM PST · by xzins · 32 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | February 04, 2014 | Ryan Duncan
    The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that advocates the separation of Church and State, has reportedly asked a North Carolina football coach to cease praying with his players. Hal Capps is the head coach at Mooresville High School in North Carolina, he is also an open and devout Christian. Capps has been recognized by students for his habit of praying with the football players before team events and encouraging students to attend church. While much of the community has rallied around Capps in support, the FRF has maintained its stance on the coaches activates. Their attorney, Patrick Elliot,...
  • Christian bakery guilty of violating civil rights of lesbian couple

    01/22/2014 6:41:31 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 101 replies ^ | 1/21/14 | Todd Starnes
    The owners of a Christian bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after they were found guilty of violating the couple’s civil rights. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said they found “substantial evidence” that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against the lesbian couple and violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, a law that protects the rights of the LGBT community. Last year, the bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, of Portland, citing their Christian beliefs....
  • Battle Against Obama’s HHS Mandate is a True Battle for Religious Liberty

    12/10/2013 8:20:38 AM PST · by xzins · 9 replies ^ | 12/9/13 | David French
    I’m grateful that Kathryn Lopez of National Review keeps highlighting the principled plaintiffs challenging the HHS abortion-pill mandate before the Supreme Court. As the argument approaches, mainstream journalists will speak of the case in terms of “competing rights” or “competing liberties.” On one side are the business owners asserting a religious-liberty right not to purchase an objectionable product, while on the other side are the employees seeking to exercise their right to . . . what, exactly? Simply put, there are no true “competing rights” in this case. There is the right to religious freedom against a naked exercise of...
  • Florida school board, asked to halt prayers, awaits Supreme Court decision

    08/26/2013 3:53:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 10 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | August 26, 2013 | Bob Kellogg
    A public board of education in Florida has decided to keep opening its meetings with an invocation despite a complaint from atheist group Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Brett Harvey of Alliance Defending Freedom says board members of the Clay County School Board are waiting for a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Nov. 6 in a case after an atheist sued because she didn’t like the way people were praying to open their public meetings, Harvey tells OneNewsNow. A letter from Americans United to the school board claimed that courts...
  • NH Mom Banned from Praying on School Grounds

    08/09/2013 3:28:00 AM PDT · by xzins · 63 replies
    CBN ^ | August 09, 2013 | CBN
    A New Hampshire mother has been banned from praying at her kids' high school. Lizarda Urena has two children enrolled at Concord High School in Concord, N.H. She started praying on school grounds in 2011 after two bullets were found in a restroom at the school. Urena said she prayed aloud as students entered the school every morning. She was recently told by school officials that the prayers were not welcome after someone filed a complaint with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. "They told me, no, no more," the mother of two said, with tears in her eyes. "I stand...
  • Obama on This July 4: Americans Free to ‘Worship’—But Not Freely Exercise Their Religion

    07/04/2013 12:27:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 4, 2013 - 11:42 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a special weekly address, celebrating the 4th of July, President Barack Obama said that Americans are free to “worship” as they please—which mirrors language in the Iraqi constitution, but contrasts with the First Amendment to our own constitution which denies government any power to prohibit “the free exercise” of religion. Obama’s reference to freedom of “worship” rather than “free exercise” of religion is not a new one—but it is a telling one. Obama speaks of freedom of “worship” rather than the “free exercise” of religion, because at this very moment—on this 4th of July—he is attacking the free exercise...
  • Woman Removed from Metrorail Train for Singing (Illegally Sang Christian Hymn)

    03/08/2013 11:28:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Local10 ^ | Mar 06 2013 | Terrell Forney
    Miami-Dade Transit says county rules prohibit anyone to do so without permit An 82-year-old woman was forcibly removed from a Miami-Dade Metrorail train for singing during her ride. Emma Anderson was sitting in a seat on the train and singing a spiritual hymn when a private security guard approached. Quick Clicks Sun Life bill survives tough fight FOIA request filed about woman removed from Metrorail Cows found roaming golf course 3 Homestead officers to be fired Jungle Island does Harlem Shake The guard, hired by the transit system, first told the woman she was being disruptive. "I was beating my...
  • ObamaCare's Other Mandate Threatens Religious Liberty

    06/30/2012 1:26:32 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | June 30, 2012
    First Amendment: The bizarre ObamaCare decision leaves unresolved the separate issue of whether government can define what a church is and what it can do. Will the courts also redefine the "free exercise" of religion? For now, ObamaCare remains largely intact and so does its attempt to rewrite the First Amendment by prohibiting the free exercise of religion through its mandate that religious institutions provide contraceptive coverage in violation of their church teachings and religious consciences. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says it will move forward with litigation challenging a requirement from the federal health care law that employers...
  • 9th Circuit: University Can Force Christian Groups Open to Non-Christians

    08/07/2011 5:54:59 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 33 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 8'5'11 | Morgan Feddes
    A federal appeals court ruling this week could significantly diminish public university religious groups' ability to restrict membership and leadership to students who agree with their teachings. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday (Aug. 2) that San Diego State University (SDSU)'s nondiscrimination policy for officially recognized campus groups is constitutional and does not violate the rights of two Christian groups. The policy is based on a nondiscrimination policy used at all the schools in the California State University system. The two Christian groups, sorority Alpha Delta Chi and fraternity Alpha Gamma Omega, had sued SDSU in 2005, alleging...
  • Man Told To Remove Giant Illuminated Cross From Lawn

    02/15/2011 4:47:34 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies ^ | February 15, 2011
    BALDWIN BOROUGH, Pa. -- Baldwin borough is now telling a man who put a giant illuminated cross outside his home to take the structure down or face a penalty. Carl Behr built the 24-foot cross and two other crosses on his property along Robbins Street in Baldwin. "If you have a problem with that, I think you have a problem with the Lord," said Behr. Behr said it's an act of faith, but one neighbor claims it's an act of revenge. Next-door neighbor Lisa Fera said she contacted police and the borough because she felt Behr purposely built the large...
  • Have Yourself a Dreary Little Christmas

    12/21/2007 5:17:30 AM PST · by connell · 3 replies · 163+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | Burt Prelutsky
    By Burt Prelutsky Over the last several years, a time of year that was traditionally a period of goodwill and universal brotherhood, when even actual brothers somehow managed to set aside sibling rivalries for a month or so, Christmas has become an annual battleground between decent people and a relatively small number of secular leftists who insist on carrying on as if auditioning for the role of Scrooge. As many of you are no doubt aware, this year, Fort Collins got a jump start on the foolishness. The town fathers, by making every effort not to offend anyone, have, like...
  • Bush Apologizes to Wiccan Widow

    09/02/2007 1:34:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 278 replies · 6,212+ views
    UPI ^ | Sept 2, 2007 | UPI
    Bush apologizes to Wiccan widow Published: Sept 2, 2007 at 10:16 AM WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush apologized to a Nevada Wiccan who was left out of a presidential meeting with relatives of soldiers killed in combat. Rebecca Stewart, who sued to have the Wiccan symbol placed on her husband’s grave marker in a military cemetery, told The Washington Post the president called her to apologize. She said she explained to Bush the faith she and her husband shared. Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Stewart said she heard about the private meeting...
  • Welcome To The Criminalization Of Christianity (U.S Navy Wants Chaplains To Psst On Jesus Alert)

    09/14/2006 10:59:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 82 replies · 2,239+ views ^ | 09/15/06 | Janet L. Folger
    As I sat in the hearing room, I felt a cold chill – like the chilling effect this court-martial will have on our free speech. For this analogy to be accurate, however, I would need to be sitting in a freezer. At issue in the court-martial of Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt, chaplain for the United States Navy, is a name and the freedom to speak it. That name is Jesus. And, according to this week's ruling, the freedom to speak it depends on the context. Before I could go through the metal detectors to get to the courtroom, a Navy...
  • When schools silence God talk

    08/28/2006 9:10:27 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 202 replies · 1,037+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon Aug 28, 7:14 AM ET | Nat Hentoff
    <p>Every year, the Frenchtown Elementary School in New Jersey presents an after-school talent show, open to kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. The performers can choose to play an instrument, dance, create a skit or select a song.</p> <p>This past school year, a second-grader decided to sing Awesome God. But during rehearsal, the teacher in charge, on hearing the title and lyrics, told the child that principal Joyce Brennan would have to approve that song. Brennan contacted the attorney for the school district.</p>
  • Gay rights vs. religious beliefs

    08/24/2006 8:05:12 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 659+ views ^ | Thu, Aug. 24, 2006 | Roger T. Severino
    Gay rights vs. religious beliefs Posted on Thu, Aug. 24, 2006 Commentary By Roger T. Severino Live and let live. A simple concept, to be sure, but can we apply it to the growing conflict between gay rights and religious beliefs? The answer increasingly seems to be no. Recently, Philadelphia ordered the local Boy Scouts of America chapter (the nation's third-largest) to renounce the national organization's ban on openly gay members or begin paying rent on its city-subsidized headquarters of 78 years. Some thought this issue was settled by the Supreme Court in 2000, when the Boy Scouts won...
  • 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 organizations 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...
  • Public Expression of Religion Act moves forward

    08/02/2006 8:55:49 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 14 replies · 501+ views
    Public Expression of Religion Act moves forward Rees Lloyd, Banning-based attorney and Commander of American Legion District 21 (Riverside County), has been selected to testify on behalf of The American Legion before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution in support of passage of Senate Bill 3696, Veterans Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals and Other Public Expressions of Religion Act of 2006 (“PERA). S 3696 (PERA), sponsored by Sen. Brownback (R-Kan), a companion bill to H.R. 2979 (PERA), sponsored by Rep. Hostetter (R-Ind.), would amend all relevant federal laws to eliminate the authority of judges to award taxpayer-paid attorney...
  • IRS Threatens Political Speech

    07/27/2006 8:20:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 342 replies · 3,321+ views
    US House ^ | 24 Jul | Congressman Ron Paul
    Five years ago, I wrote about threats made by the Internal Revenue Service against conservative churches for supposedly engaging in politicking. Today, the IRS is again attempting to chill free speech, sending notices to more than 15,000 non-profit organizations—including churches—regarding its new crackdown on political activity. But what exactly constitutes political activity? What if a member of the clergy urges his congregation to work toward creating a pro-life culture, when an upcoming election features a pro-life candidate? What if a minister admonishes churchgoers that homosexuality is sinful, when an initiative banning gay marriage is on an upcoming ballot? Where exactly...
  • Court rules home worship OK (County barred rabbi from holding prayer meeting at his own house)

    02/02/2006 7:23:47 PM PST · by xzins · 37 replies · 1,126+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 2 Feb 06
    © 2006 A federal court ruled a Florida county cannot prohibit a rabbi from holding prayer and worship services in his own home. Rabbi Joseph Konikov of Orlando was faced with two land-use ordinance violations filed by Orange County. "Americans have the right to meet in their homes for prayer or to study religious materials without government interference," said Rick Nelson, head of the American Liberties Institute, a group allied with the Alliance Defense Fund. In 2001, Konikov and his family were ordered by code enforcement officers to stop holding prayer meetings in their home, near Disney World, alleging...
  • WSJ: A Higher Authority - Acknowledging God is not 'an establishment of religion' nor is a monument

    06/30/2005 5:57:24 AM PDT · by OESY · 44 replies · 865+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2005 | ROY S. MOORE
    ...We need to restore the original definitions of "law," "establishment," and "religion" in the First Amendment. A monument or display could never be a "law," the mere posting or installation of it is not an "establishment," and the recognition of God by the public display of the Ten Commandments is not "religion." After all, the original definition of the word "religion" -- the duties we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging those duties -- which was recognized by the Supreme Court years ago, acknowledged God and a higher law. ...[I]t should be clear that, as Justice Antonin...
  • How the Schiavo Federal Court Case Might Have Been Won(Long article worth the read)

    03/28/2005 11:20:36 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 201 replies · 4,197+ views
    FindLaw's Writ ^ | Saturday, Mar. 26, 2005 | By MICHAEL C. DORF
    Over the course of the past week, the Terri Schiavo case made headlines with its swift and unsuccessful journey through the federal courts. The string of court defeats might have left the impression that the case was doomed from the outset. Yet the litigation's failure may owe more to a poor tactical choice by the lawyers advising the Schindlers--Terri's parents--than to the case's underlying merits. The original Schindler complaint included a variety of federal constitutional and statutory claims. Each of them was weak at best, as was quickly reflected in federal district judge James Whittemore's ruling that the Schindlers had...
  • You can Pray - Just Don't say "Jesus.." (My title)

    03/01/2005 9:19:09 PM PST · by cakid · 2 replies · 254+ views
    The Porterville Recorder ^ | 2-28-05 | Roger Phelps
    4 options on deity issue to be weighed By Roger Phelps, The Porterville Recorder A weighty decision on public prayer faces the Porterville City Council Tuesday. Wrestling with the sentiments of hundreds of demonstrators calling in recent weeks for resumption of official prayers naming Jesus Christ, the council could choose among four optional actions described in a report by the city attorney. One is to keep things the way they are, whereby Porterville invocations observe a court ruling that mentioning a specific deity in official prayer violates the establishment-of-religion clause of the U.S. Constitution. The case is Rubin v. City...
  • Anderson County judge: giant Christian cross must come down

    11/22/2004 4:03:34 PM PST · by TERMINATTOR · 31 replies · 1,724+ views
    WBIR - TV ^ | 11/22/2004 | Jim Ragonese
    For more than two years, Rev. Jim Potter has fought Anderson County officials for the right to leave up a giant Christian cross he erected near I-75. On Monday, a judge sided with the county, ordering Rev. Potter to remove the cross. County officials argued that the cross, located on private property near exit 122, violated building and zoning regulations. But Rev. Potter said he believed that because of the significance of religious structures, his cross should be exempt from the zoning regulations. "I think it (the cross) should bring to knowledge the fact that Jesus Christ did die for...
  • Establishing Free Exercise

    12/01/2003 3:56:50 PM PST · by Federalist 78 · 14 replies · 319+ views
    FIRST THINGS ^ | December 2003 | Vincent Phillip Muńoz
    If conservative and liberal church-state scholars agree on one thing, it is that the Supreme Court’s religious liberty jurisprudence is a disaster. No single rule exists to guide decision making. The various doctrines employed are, at best, inconsistent and, at worst, blatantly contradictory. Divisions on the Court run so deep that actions demanded by "free exercise" according to some Justices violate "no-establishment" according to others. The result is an ever shifting, case-by-case jurisprudence based on narrow factual questions that encourages neither the rule of law nor a robust protection of religious freedom.The history of contradictory decisions and doctrinal uncertainty could...

    11/14/2003 10:16:09 AM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 1 replies · 167+ views
    ABA Journal ^ | November 14, 2003 | DAVID L. HUDSON JR.
    CIRCUITS SPLIT OVER PRISONERS’ RELIGIOUS RIGHTS Conflicting Rulings Point Toward a Challenge at the Supreme Court BY DAVID L. HUDSON JR. Setting the stage for a possible U.S. Supreme Court review, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting opinions on the constitutionality of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act within barely more than a week. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, upheld the 2000 statute in its Oct. 30 ruling. Charles v. Verhagen, No. 02-3572. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled the law unconstitutional. Cutter v. Wilkinson, Nos. 02-3270,...
  • Another Bible monument, another lawsuit challenge

    08/27/2003 12:13:25 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 179+ views ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2003
    Signaling growing antipathy toward Scripture on public property, a Texas woman is suing Harris County, demanding a King James Bible be removed from a monument near the entrance of a courthouse. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Kay Staley, who is both a real estate agent and a lawyer, cites what she sees as growing religious fundamentalism in society. "It's unconstitutional, and I expect our elected officials to follow the law," Staley, a member of the Houston chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the paper. Bible monument unconstitutional? (Photo: Houston Chronicle) The tattered...
  • TEN COMMANDMENTS LAWSUITS -- Eroding The Consititutional Free Exercise Of Religion In America

    08/26/2003 11:40:20 AM PDT · by BurkesLaw · 6 replies · 178+ views ^ | by Rachel Alexander
    The ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State assert that they filed lawsuits against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore out of concern that a monument of the Ten Commandments located in the Alabama state courthouse violated the First Amendment's prohibition against any law respecting the establishment of religion. But the monument has nothing to do with establishing religion. In reality, their lawsuits aim to prohibit Moore from exercising his First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion, which is an equally important clause in the First Amendment. So far, the federal courts have sided with...
  • How Much Religion Can Legally Be in Gov't?

    08/22/2003 11:09:49 PM PDT · by calvin1 · 7 replies · 234+ views
    Friday, August 22, 2003 | Associated Press
    A frieze depicting Moses holding two tablets with the Ten Commandments is fixed high above the justices' bench at the Supreme Court, one of several places the biblical law is represented in the marbled building. But those same justices this week rejected a request to allow a 5,300-pound granite marker with the Ten Commandments carved into it to stay in Alabama's Judicial Building. It's another illustration of the seemingly conflicting messages about how much religion can legally be in government. God is in the details -- even the grand designs -- of the republic. Some of the expressions of religion...
  • A clashing of principles and jurisdictions

    08/22/2003 11:18:35 PM PDT · by kattracks · 13 replies · 159+ views ^ | 8/23/03 | David Limbaugh
    While everyone is focusing on the propriety of Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore's refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from his courthouse, we are giving the federal courts a pass -- and we mustn't. Undeniably, the federal constitution's Supremacy Clause makes the federal constitution and constitutional federal laws supreme over state constitutions and laws and binding on state judges. So should our analysis end here? That's what some conservative pundits are saying. The federal courts have ordered Justice Moore to remove the monument under authority of the United States Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. The U.S....
  • I Swear To God...

    08/22/2003 8:58:31 AM PDT · by The Rant · 43 replies · 330+ views
    Opinion Editorials ^ | August 22, 2003 | Frank Salvato
    I don’t know how many times it has been said but I am sure it is quite a lot. The assertion that the United States Constitution has verbiage specifically providing for a separation of church and state is a false one. At no time has there ever been any mention of the separation of church and state in the US Constitution. There was never even any discussion by the Framers of the Constitution to put verbiage in the Constitution regarding the separation of church and state. What the United States Constitution states in the First Amendment is, and I quote:...
  • Congress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

    08/21/2003 9:53:39 AM PDT · by Gargantua · 144 replies · 595+ views
    self | August 21, 2003 | Gargantua
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" Judge Moore is about to be held in contempt of a court order demanding that he remove the statue of the Ten Commandments from in front of the courthouse where he has honorably served for years. This fact raises an interesting question, and exemplifies a blatant contradiction as well as our modern-day courts' insitence on trying to legislate from the bench. Our Congress is strictly and explicitly probitied by our Constitution from passing any laws prohibiting the free excercise of one's religion. If Judge...
  • Putting God Back in the Public Square (Alabama's Judge Roy Moore)

    08/16/2003 12:12:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies · 451+ views
    Does God Exist. Org ^ | Judge Roy Moore
    Putting God Back in the Public Square by Roy S. Moore, Circuit Judge, 16th Judicial District, Etowah County, AL (reprinted by permission from IMPRIMIS,, the monthly journal of Hillsdale College) In his first official act, President George Washington did something that would be unthinkable today. He prayed in public! Specifically, during his inaugural address he made... ..fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States...