Thursday, August 30, 2012

“Religious Question” Doctrine is the Answer to Episcopal Church Property Dispute

IN THE CHURCH

Liberty institute Files Amicus Brief in Texas Supreme Court to Defend Churches from Government Interference

PLANO, TX, August 29, 2012 —Today, Liberty Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Texas Supreme Court to encourage the Court to follow the Constitution and prohibit government interference in church property disputes. In 2009, a property dispute ensued when the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth decided to break away from the national Episcopal body over a theological disagreement regarding the issue of marriage. A state district court judge ruled that the diocese’s property should be surrendered to the national body.

Veterans Association Files Motion to Clarify its Status as a Party in the Landmark Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross Case


IN THE MILITARY


Despite the ACLU’s Objection, Liberty Institute Vows to Continue its Fight to Preserve the 58-Year-Old Veterans Memorial

SAN DIEGO, CA, August 28, 2012 —Today, on behalf of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA), Liberty Institute filed a motion to clarify the Association’s status as a defendant in Steve Trunk, et al v. City of San Diego, et al. —the over 20-year-old legal battle to decide the fate of the historic Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross, located in San Diego, CA.

Friday, August 24, 2012

FFRF Throws the “Penalty Flag” at School Football Teams

IN THE SCHOOL

Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is showing no signs of letting up in its attacks on religious freedom, and now, they are kicking off football season by going after high school and college teams across the country based upon an inaccurate understanding of the First Amendment.

ACLU Launches Its Version of a Religious Freedom School Campaign

IN THE SCHOOL

The ACLU is well known for routinely making threats and filing lawsuits to ban religious activity from public schools across the country based on an inaccurate understanding of the First Amendment. It launched its own “religious freedom” campaign in South Carolina – “Religious Freedom Goes to School.”

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ReligiousHostility.org Goes Live With Over 600 Chilling Incidents Of Attacks On Religious Freedom In America

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Liberty Institute and Family Research Council Launch “The Survey of Religious Hostility in America” and Website During Platform Week at the Republic National Convention

TAMPA, FL, August 21, 2012 — Yesterday, Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute, and Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, officially released The Survey on Religious Hostility in America at a press conference during Platform Week at the Republic National Convention. Simultaneously, they launched an interactive website at www.religioushostility.org, where more than 600 cases of religious hostility, most occurring during the past decade, are documented and available for public download.

Texas Valedictorian’s Heroism Inspires National Project To Stop Assault On Religious Freedom In Public Schools

IN THE SCHOOL

Liberty Institute’s “The Angela Project” Empowers Students to Know and to Protect Their First Amendment Rights

PLANO, Texas, Aug. 17, 2012 — As some 45 million students across our nation return to school, Liberty Institute launches “The Angela Project,” a nationwide effort to stop the widespread assault on religious freedom in our public schools.

“In just a few weeks, there will be new attacks on students’ religious liberty from the ACLU, like-minded secularists and separationists, liberal judges and misinformed school and government officials,” said Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute. “The Angela Project is designed to empower students to know and protect their First Amendment Rights.”

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pervasive Religious Hostility In U.S. Irrefutable According To New, Extensive Survey

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Family Research Council and Liberty Institute Release “Survey of Religious Hostility in America,” Containing More Than 600 Alarming Attacks on Religious Faith

TAMPA, Fla., August 15, 2012 —Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council, two organizations committed to protecting and advancing religious liberty rights in the U.S., have joined to release The Survey of Religious Hostility in America —a compilation of more than 600 documented incidents of hostility to religion that have occurred in the United States most of them over the last 10 years.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Just in Time for School Liberty Institute Releases Know Your Religious Rights Kit for Students

IN THE SCHOOL

In the upcoming weeks, 50 million students will be heading back to public school, and Liberty Institute wants to equip your family with the ultimate “school supply” – the Know Your Religious Rights Kit.

The Know Your Religious Rights Kit is part of The Angela Project – our nationwide effort to stop the widespread assault of religious freedom in our public schools. The project is a result of Liberty Institute’s 2011 case in which a federal judge threatened a model high school student and valedictorian with jail if she mentioned God in her graduation speech.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

City Admits Ordinance Discrimination Against Mississippi Church Violates Federal Law

IN THE CHURCH

Liberty Institute Continues Defense of Opulent Life Church As City of Holly Springs Enacts New Discriminatory Ordinance That Continues Restrictions on Churches

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss., August 8, 2012—Today, Liberty Institute vows to continue defense of Opulent Life Church after the City of Holly Springs surprisingly announced it amended its discriminatory ordinance last night —less than 24 hours before oral arguments began at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, La.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Another Liberty Institute Win for Religious Freedom: San Antonio Police Denied Immunity in Case of Unlawful Arrest and Harassment of Sidewalk Evangelists

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Jose Muniz and Todd Leibovitz v City of San Antonio

Jose Muniz and Todd Leibovitz v City of San Antonio

Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas denied a motion by San Antonio police officers to dismiss a 2010 federal lawsuit that accuses them of the unlawful arrest and harassment of sidewalk evangelists. If the officers are found liable, they will be held accountable for “exercising their power irresponsibly”

Religious Freedom in Jeopardy Across the U.S. with HHS Mandate Now Taking Effect

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate – one of the largest attacks on religious freedom to date.

Moving forward, employers will be required to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization in employee health insurance plans. If employers do not comply with this mandate, they will face fines of up to $100 per employee, per day, and even larger fines if they stop providing health coverage altogether. These stipulations and fines could result in many businesses closing their doors.

FFRF at it Again: Ohio City Faces Potential Lawsuit Over City’s Logo

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

The city of Steubenville, Ohio, has recently come into the spotlight after a citizen complained about the inclusion of a local university’s chapel in the city’s logo.


New Steubenville, OH Logo

New controversial city of Steubenville, OH logo showing cross above the Franciscan University’s Christ the King Chapel

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

U.S. Department of Justice to Argue in Support of Opulent Life Church in Federal Court

IN THE CHURCH

Liberty Institute, Joined by the DOJ, Continues Defense of Opulent Life Church Against Discriminatory City Zoning Law That Effectively Prohibits Churches on the Town Square

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss., August 1, 2012—On August 8, Liberty Institute will represent Opulent Life Church of Holly Springs, Mississippi, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, La. The Court will hear oral arguments from the City of Holly Springs, Opulent Life Church and the U.S. Department of Justice. Like Liberty Institute, the DOJ contends that Holly Springs’ ordinance improperly singles out places of worship for special restriction and is in violation of federal law.