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  • House Judiciary Committee Passes Public Expression of Religion Act (HR 2679)

    09/11/2006 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 1,402+ views
    September 11, 2006 House Judiciary Committee Passes Public Expression of Religion ActWashington D.C. - On Friday the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA), also known as HR 2679. This bill will go to the full House for a vote. The bill's intent is to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by state and local officials that results from the threat that a plaintiff may seek damages and attorney's fees. If the bill passes, advocacy groups like the ACLU would no longer be able to use...
  • 'Jesus Christ' not welcome at public meetings, Jewish group claims reference 'unconstitutional'

    02/05/2006 9:55:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 48 replies · 946+ views
    WND ^ | 01.02.06
    'Jesus Christ' not welcome at public meetingsJewish group claims any reference at government meetings 'unconstitutional'Any reference to "Jesus Christ" during a prayer at a government meeting is "unconstitutional." That's the opinion of the Jewish defense group the Anti Defamation League which is urging a Florida community to adopt a policy banning sectarian prayers making reference to any specific deities."If invocations are done, they have to be, according to (a 1983) Supreme Court decision, such that they do not advance any particular faith or belief," ADL spokesman Andrew Rosenkranz told the Palm Beach Post. "The reason being, you try and make...
  • Religious liberty lawyer ready for 1st case before high court

    03/04/2005 12:14:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 437+ views
    BP news ^ | 01 March 2005 | Lynn Vincent
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP)--When Mongan Nyman and her classmates exchanged Halloween candy in October 2000, Morgan's included messages like "Costumes are cool but heaven is awesome!" But Robert Davidovich, principal of Cushing Elementary School in Delafield, Wis., said the second-grader's holiday messages violated the separation of church and state. Then he made Morgan go to each classmate and take the candy back. That afternoon, she got off the school bus crying, her mother said. She cried all night, too, once becoming so upset she threw up. Three months later came Valentine's Day, and Mr. Davidovich refused to let Morgan pass out...
  • KY Magistrate Wants Ten Commandments in Courthouse

    01/24/2004 1:16:11 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 213+ views
    Central KY News-Journal, Campbellsville, KY ^ | 01-23-04 | Fletcher, Samuel
    <p>Two Kentucky fiscal courts recently lost another round with the latest federal court ruling regarding Ten Commandment displays in government buildings.</p> <p>In a Dec. 18 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier court decision demanding Decalogue displays in McCreary and Pulaski courthouses and a Harlan County school be removed.</p>