Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Veterans Affairs Bans Mention of God at Funerals for Vets

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

The VFW District 4, American Legion Post 586, National Memorial Ladies Join Lawsuit Against VA and Director of Houston National Cemetery for Religious Hostility

HOUSTON, Texas, June 28, 2011 — Today, Liberty Institute, on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4, The American Legion Post 586, and the National Memorial Ladies, returned to federal court with new allegations of religious hostility and unlawful censorship by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its director of the Houston National Cemetery. Last month, Liberty Institute successfully represented Houston pastor Scott Rainey in the same federal court after Houston VA officials tried to prevent him from praying in Jesus’ name at a Memorial Day ceremony.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Veterans Affairs in Houston Continues Religious Hostility

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Liberty Institute Presents Federal Judge With New Claims of Religious Hostility By VA Cemetery Officials who Prohibited Pastor’s Prayer in Jesus’ Name on Memorial Day

WHAT: Tomorrow, Liberty Institute will offer remarks following a status conference with U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes, who asked for an investigation into other possible instances of religious hostility by Houston National Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Last month, Judge Hughes ruled against Ocasio’s prohibition of Pastor Scott Rainey’s prayer in Jesus’ name at a Memorial Day ceremony in the cemetery. Liberty Institute will present other religious freedom abuses perpetrated by VA officials in Houston against veterans and volunteer groups seeking to honor fallen service members at the cemetery.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Famous Candy Cane Case Back in Court

IN THE SCHOOL

Watch Kelly Shackelford and one of the students talking about the case on Fox News Channel.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Injunction Against Student Speech Thrown Out on Appeal

IN THE SCHOOL

Fifth Circuit Overturns Judge’s Ruling Banning Prayer at Texas Graduation

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 3, 2011 — The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just overturned federal district judge Fred Biery’s ruling banning prayer at Medina Valley High School’s graduation tomorrow night. Liberty Institute, which represented the class valedictorian Angela Hildenbrand, released the following statement:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

High School Valedictorian Files Intervention Into Lawsuit on Appeal to Pray at Graduation; Federal Judge Banned Prayer, Religious References at San Antonio-Area Graduation

IN THE SCHOOL

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 2, 2011 – Today, Liberty Institute filed an emergency motion for intervention and request for relief from temporary restraining order on behalf of the Medina Valley High School valedictorian who is being censored from praying during her commencement speech on June 4. The school district, supported by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, just filed an emergency appeal at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Will High School Valedictorian Be Able to Pray at Graduation?

IN THE SCHOOL

High School Valedictorian Files Intervention Into Lawsuit on Appeal to Pray at Graduation; Federal Judge Banned Prayer, Religious References at San Antonio-Area Graduation

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 2, 2011 — Today, Liberty Institute filed an emergency motion for intervention and request for relief from temporary restraining order on behalf of the Medina Valley High School valedictorian who is being censored from praying during her commencement speech on June 4. The school district, supported by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, just filed an emergency appeal at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.