Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Do the Bible and Politics Mix?

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They must mix, says Dr. Wayne Grudem, bestselling author and Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary. Read more about his latest book, “Politics According to the Bible.”

About Liberty Institute
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.

Friday, October 8, 2010

City Sued for Political Speech Violation

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Chris HowePolitical discourse is essential to our representative democracy and rightly protected by the Constitution. Yet, Liberty Institute client Chris Howe, a politically active citizen, was arrested, jailed and criminally prosecuted for holding a political sign during Texas’ March primary election in the small city of Watauga. Worse, during the criminal proceedings, the city’s own attorney admitted that people wearing a political lapel pin or driving a car with a political bumper sticker on city streets could be arrested under the current ordinance. A judge dismissed the criminal charges, but the city’s unconstitutional ordinances still stand. So Liberty Institute has just filed a federal lawsuit against the city to strike down these extreme ordinances. Citizens do not have to get permission from the government before they can engage in political or religious speech. Freedom of expression is a right that Americans must never take for granted.

About Liberty Institute
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.

“Brief of the Week” Goes to Liberty Institute’s Supreme Court Brief!

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This week, the National Law Journal, one of the premier legal journals in the U.S., listed one of our U.S. Supreme Court briefs as “Brief of the Week.” This is a great honor for us! The brief, filed in the case of Fox v. Vice, deals with how difficult and expensive it is to litigate religious liberty and free speech cases, the very types of cases Liberty Institute champions. We filed the brief because the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the case could actually penalize people who sue the government because their rights were violated, charging citizens who seek to vindicate their constitutional freedoms thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay the attorneys working for the government.