Friday, May 25, 2012

Liberty Institute Releases “Don’t Tear Me Down” Music Video

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Just in time for Memorial Day, Liberty Institute releases “Don’t Tear Me Down”, an anthem in honor of our nation’s veterans.

The song embodies the spirit of the movement to save America’s veterans memorials that contain religious imagery from being torn down by the ACLU and other atheist groups. Liberty Institute is representing various veterans’ organizations in the fight to protect these important memorials, including the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross in San Diego, and the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial near Cima, Calif. We also represented the Knights of Columbus in the Big Mountain Jesus Statue in Whitefish, Mont., which was targeted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Liberty Institute Wraps up Case Protecting Pregnancy Centers

IN THE CHURCH

This week, Liberty Institute submitted a post-trial brief in the case Roman Catholic Diocese et al v. City of Austin. Liberty Institute is representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin, Catholic Charities of Central Texas and several pregnancy resource centers in Austin, Texas, in a lawsuit against the city of Austin. The city is forcing these pro-life, Christian pregnancy resource centers to post misleading information designed to deter women from receiving information, including alternatives to abortion.

Kansas Town May Force Churches to Rent Halls to Gay Couples

IN THE CHURCH

The city of Hutchinson, Kan., is considering a proposed law that would force churches in the community to rent their facilities to same sex couples. The proposal stems from a demand by the Kansas Equality Coalition to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes to the town’s Human Relations Code. In an eight-page document explaining the law, the city’s Human Rights Commission states: “If a church has a parish hall that they rent out to the general public, they could not discriminate against a gay couple who want to rent the building for a party.”

Kelly Shackelford on Fox: Mojave Desert Cross to Be Restored

IN THE MILITARY

Liberty Institute President/CEO Kelly Shackelford appeared on FOX News this week to discuss the latest development in the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial case. The ACLU sued to have the memorial cross, which the VFW established in the remote desert in 1934, torn down. After an 11-year legal battle and a ruling by the Supreme Court in favor of the cross, the ACLU finally conceded defeat and settled the case with the government. In the settlement, the ACLU dropped its lawsuit, bringing the parties closer to the transfer of the one-acre of land to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Liberty Institute represented the VFW in the case and will continue its lawsuit against the Obama administration until the VFW is finally able to restore the cross memorial to its rightful location in the remote Mojave Desert.

Citizens Gather for National Day of Prayer

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Today, Americans are gathering in cities and towns across the country for the National Day of Prayer.

In 2010, the Freedom From Religion Foundation attacked the The National Day of Prayer itself by filing a lawsuit aimed at ending this longstanding tradition. A federal judge originally ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. After an appeal in which Liberty Institute represented Dr. James Dobson, the Family Research Council, and the Family Policy Councils of 27 states as amici, a federal court of appeals overturned that decision allowing the National Day of Prayer to remain a part of the American fabric.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Victory For Mojave Desert War Memorial and VFW

IN THE MILITARY

Desecrated Mojave Desert War Memorial Cross to Go Back Up, ACLU’s Lawsuit Over

PLANO, Texas – Liberty Institute announces a settlement between the federal government and the ACLU that allows the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial to go back up on land now owned by a local VFW post. In April 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the memorial, which was built by World War I veterans and VFW members, should remain standing, but sent the case back to the district court to review the land transfer approved by Congress in 2002.