Thursday, December 22, 2011

Just in Time for Christmas, Infamous Candy Cane Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

IN THE SCHOOL

Liberty Institute Asks Supreme Court To Hold School Officials Accountable For Violating Students’ First Amendment Rights

Plano, Texas, December 22, 2011—Today, days before Christmas, Liberty Institute filed a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in Morgan v. Swanson, (known nationwide as the “candy cane” case), asking the Court to hold government officials accountable for violating students’ First Amendment rights.

Members of Congress Can’t Say Merry Christmas in Official Mail

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Members of Congress who want to spread a little Christmas cheer to citizens living in their districts cannot do so in official mailings. The congressional franking commission, reviews mail House members send to their constituents to see if it qualifies to be franked, or paid for with tax dollars. Anything advocating a member’s re-election is prohibited. But so are holiday greetings, including “Merry Christmas,” even as an addendum to a non-holiday-related message.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Liberty Institute Works to Save Jesus Statue

IN THE MILITARY

For nearly sixty years, the Knights of Columbus of Kalispell County, Montana have owned and maintained the Tenth Mountain Veterans’ Memorial located on Big Mountain in Flathead National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service recently denied renewal of the Knights’ permit for the memorial statue because it depicts Jesus and stands on federal land.

Religious Freedom Watchdog Shuts Down as Arab Winter Descends

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

With its authorization ending December 16, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is winding down at a time when it’s needed more than ever. Since 1998, the commission has sent delegations to investigate and report on the world’s worst persecutors, shining a bright light on their egregious violations of human rights and religious freedom.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Knights of Columbus Continues Battle to Save Jesus Statue

IN THE MILITARY

Liberty Institute Submits Notice and Letter to U.S. Forest Service as Public Comments That Could Determine Statue’s Fate Close

Kalispell, Montana, December 8, 2011 – Today, Liberty Institute, on behalf of the Knights of Columbus in Kalispell, Montana, submitted a notice and comment letter to the U.S. Forest Service in a battle to protect a statue of Jesus from being removed from atop a ski resort on Big Mountain in Whitefish, MT. Filed today, the letter asks the U.S. Forest Service to renew the Knights of Columbus’ more than half-century-old permit to maintain the statue on the 25-by-25-foot parcel, located on federal lands used as a ski resort. The public can still voice comments about the future of the memorial through the end of the business day, Dec. 8.