Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Texas AG Joins Fight Against Birth Control and Abortifacient Mandate

IN THE SCHOOL

Liberty Institute supports the state of Texas joining in the lawsuit against Obamacare’s mandate for contraception and abortifacient drug coverage:

Liberty Institute Victorious: Jesus Statue to Remain on Big Mountain

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Liberty Institute announces a great victory for veterans, the Knights of Columbus, and the people of Flathead Valley, in Northwest Montana in a battle to protect a Jesus Statue honoring WWII veterans from being removed from atop a ski resort on Big Mountain in Whitefish, Mont.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Government Officials Who Violate Students’ Free Speech Rights Best Beware

IN THE SCHOOL

Liberty Institute is fighting for 70 million school students across America to protect their First Amendment rights and to hold government officials accountable should they violate those rights.

Our famous Candy Cane case began eight years ago when an 8-year-old boy (Jonathan Morgan) was told he could not hand out candy cane pens at his school’s “winter party” because they included an attached religious message. Liberty Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of Jonathan and his family and other students and parents suffering religious discrimination at the hands of the Plano Independent School District.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Help Protect Our Veterans Memorials from Being Torn Down

IN THE MILITARY

The Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross is just one of many veterans memorials across the country under attack by the ACLU, atheist groups and their supporters, who want to tear down all references to religion on public land. The display of a cross in veterans’ memorials is not a government endorsement of religion, but a symbol of the selfless sacrifice and service of American service men and women. Our veterans should be honored, not defamed. They should also be allowed to choose their own memorials to honor their comrades, be it a cross or other symbols.

Liberty Institute is Protecting Churches in America from Being Discriminated Against by Our Government

IN THE CHURCH

Opulent Life Church retained Liberty Institute to protect the church from discrimination by the city of Holly Springs, MS. The Church wishes to expand their current space in downtown Holly Springs. Due to zoning restrictions, the church must get the approval of 60 percent of nearby residents and the town’s Mayor before they can expand. No other type of business in Holly Springs must obtain such approval.

Liberty Institute filed a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the ordinance as unconstitutional and in violation of federal law.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pregnancy Resource Centers' Lawsuit Proceeds as City Government Continues to Target Faith-Based Groups’ Free Speech and Religious Exercise

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Liberty Institute Amends Complaint and Seeks Preliminary Injunction Defending Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin and Austin-Area Pregnancy Resource Centers Against Newly Amended Unlawful Ordinance

AUSTIN, TX, February 2, 2012—Today, Liberty Institute, on behalf of three Austin, TX-area pregnancy resource centers, filed an amended complaint in the pending federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Austin Division, Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin, et al. v. City of Austin. The Amended Complaint identifies, as unconstitutional, the City’s recently enacted amended ordinance that continues to compel pregnancy resource centers, under the threat of criminal penalties, to disclose misleading government-mandated

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Liberty Institute Ready to Defend Jesus Statue in Court In Wake of FFRC’s Vow to File Lawsuit

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

KALISPELL, MT, February 1, 2012 – Yesterday, Liberty Institute on behalf of its client the Knights of Columbus of Kalispell claimed victory when the U.S. Forest Service renewed a 10-year land permit to allow the Jesus statue, a WWII monument honoring the sacrifice of the 10th Mountain Division, to remain standing atop Big Mountain in Montana. In the wake of the victory, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based anti-religion group, issued a statement on its website announcing its intent to counter the decision through a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the WWII landmark.